Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to Over 200 Effective Apps for Improving Communication, Behavior, Social Skills, and More! [NOOK Book]


Autism? There’s an app for that! Actually, there are more than 200 apps for autism, and this book will guide you through them so you can confidently utilize today’s technology to maximize your child or student’s success! Speech Language Pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book in order to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy”—which is the use of Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and various apps (computer applications) in ...
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Autism? There’s an app for that! Actually, there are more than 200 apps for autism, and this book will guide you through them so you can confidently utilize today’s technology to maximize your child or student’s success! Speech Language Pathologist Lois Jean Brady wrote this book in order to educate parents, teachers, and other professionals about the breakthrough method she calls “iTherapy”—which is the use of Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and various apps (computer applications) in meeting students’ individual educational goals. Lois believes that all persons on the spectrum can learn how to use technology in a way that is relevant to them. She shares important tips on how to use apps responsibly and effectively by maintaining a child-centered, team approach to teaching and learning, taking into account the individual’s interests, strengths/challenges, vision, motor planning, attention, sensory processing, memory, cognitive ability, environment, and access to tools. Lois also coaches adults on how they can use prompting and reinforcement techniques to help establish and generalize skills learned, until students are able to consistently demonstrate the skills in various environments (home, school, etc.). For those who are new to the wonderful world of apps, worry not! Lois provides helpful sections on how to get started, including: Choosing an iDevice, Basic iDevice Operations, Opening an Account, How to Download an App from iTunes, and more!

But what about apps that were released since this book was published? Again—Lois has you covered! Just visit this book’s companion website AutismApps dot org for reviews of new apps that made the grade. And be sure to “like” the Apps for Autism Facebook page for insider tips on limited-time app sales and giveaways!

You will be astonished and excited by the number of apps available, and the vast variety of issues they can address:  
  • Voice Output
  • Sign Language
  • One-Touch Switch
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Articulation
  • Encouragement
  • Listening and Auditory Processing
  • Language Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Concept Development
  • Video Modeling
  • Social Skills Group Activities
  • Eye Contact and Body Language
  • Hygiene & Pre-Vocational
  • Graphic Organizers & Visual Supports
  • Visual Timers
  • Sound Masking
  • Handwriting
  • Bilateral Coordination
  • Motor Planning
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Preschool
  • Dysphagia
  • Aphasia, Apraxia & Dysarthria
  • Stuttering
  • Music, Songs & Creativity
  • Information about Autism
  • Eating Gluten Free
  • And more!


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Editorial Reviews

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“Lois has taken an important leap in writing this book, providing a much-needed primer for considering the newest, mobile, educational technologies … For parents, teachers, and therapists, it is important to understand what the individual apps can and cannot do, and to be able to carefully consider features relevant to individual needs. From communication to literacy, recreation, and accessories, Apps for Autism provides a wealth of useful information to read and reference.”
—Samuel Sennott, a Ph.D. Student in Special Education and Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the Pennsylvania State University, and co-creator of the app Proloquo2Go

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935274698
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 396
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author


Lois Brady, M.A., CCC-SLP, is passionate about working with the special needs community. She found her calling while in high school, when she spent her summer breaks volunteering in camp programs for children with special needs. Lois has over two decades of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in autism spectrum disorders. She has earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Certificate in Assistive Technology, Certificate in Computer Based Intervention, and has completed an animal-assisted therapy program. Lois coauthored the book Speech in Action, featuring approaches that combine occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, and speech-language pathology, and is currently conducting research in communication disorders and developing products (apps) to enhance communication and language.


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Table of Contents

Zach’s a Mac (article by Nathan Charlan)
About iTherapy
Getting Started
-Choosing an iDevice
-Basic iDevice Operations
-Opening an Account
-How to Download Apps
-Getting the Most from an App Purchase Page
-Volume Purchase Program
Part I: Apps to get the word(s) out - Expressive Language
Chapter 1: Voice Output Applications
Success Story- Gaston
Success Story- from SueM (parent)
Success Story- Igor
            Look2Learn – AAC
iConverse – Assistive Communication
Grace – Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People
Locabulary Lite
Chapter 2: Sign Language
Success Story- Colin
            Sign 4 Me – A Signed English Translator
            ABC Sign
            My Smart Hands Baby Sign Language Dictionary
Chapter 3: One-Touch “Switch”
iPod Touch helps autistic kids learn to speak, communicate (article by
            TapSpeak Button
            Answers: YesNo
            Sound Machine Pro
            Voice Changer Plus
            Say What!?! (Talking Mouth Photos)
Chapter 4: Text <-> Speech <-> Sign
            Assistive Chat
            Dragon Dictation
            Speak it! Text to Speech
            iSay It
Chapter 5: Articulation
            Sunny Articulation Test
            SmallTalk phonemes
            SmallTalk consonant blends
            ArtikPix – Full
            Pocket SLP Articulation
            SLP Mobile Articulation Probes
            /r/ intensive SLP
Chapter 6: Encouragement & Reinforcement
            iReverse Speech
            Talking Carl
            Talking Talkers
            Crazy Face
Part II: Receptive Language
Chapter 7: Listening and Auditory Processing
            Vocal Zoo Gold +
            I Hear Ewe – Animal Sounds for Toddlers
            Sound Touch
            5-in 1 Kids Pack HD
            Sound Machine           
            Animals Sound Machine
Chapter 8: Language Comprehension
            ABA Receptive Identification
            Sentence Builder
            Question Builder
Part III Vocabulary and Concept Development
Chapter 9: Vocabulary
            First Words Deluxe
            ABA Flash Cards
            Watch Me Learn Flashcards
            Word Totz – First Words for Toddlers
            iPractice Verbs
            Animal Fun
Chapter 10: Concept Development
            I See Ewe – A Preschool Word Game
            Learn to Talk
            iTouchiLearn Words for Preschool Kids
            ABA Problem Solving Game
            Describing Words
            Guess the Animal
            Words – Synonyms & Antonyms
            Words – Homophones
Part IV: Pragmatics & Social Skills
Using the iPod to Teach Freedom and Independence (Exceptional Parent)
Chapter 11: Video Modeling
Success Story- Alex
            Functional Skills System
            Model Me Going Places
            SmallTalk aphasia
            SmallTalk common phrases
            SmallTalk letters, numbers, colors
Chapter 12: Social & Group Activities
            iTake Turns
            Social Skills
            Conversation Starters – iTopics
            BrainPOP Featured Movie
            YOU MUST CHOOSE!
            Way No Way: Amazing Facts
            Mr. Trivia
            Esteem Aid
            Chow Chat
            Quizzler Dating
Chapter 13: Body Language
            Eye Contact – Toybox
            Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant
            Micro – Expression Trainer
            Magic Eyeball
Chapter 14: Hygiene & Pre-Vocational
Success Story- Earl
            Brush Teeth Free
            Dress Me Up
            iSigns HD – 150 Cool Signs
            What’s The Right Career For You?
            Functional Skills System
Part V: Organizers & Visual – Graphic – Auditory Aids
Chapter 15: Graphic Organizers & Visual Supports
            First Then Visual Schedule
Chapter 16: Visual Timers
            Time Timer
Chapter 17: Sound Masking
Part VI: Occupational Therapy - (Intro. By Gina Banks OTR/L)
Chapter 18: Handwriting
Success Story- Bonnie
            ABC Tracer – Alphabet flashcard tracing phonics and drawing
            iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)
            Letter Lab
Chapter 19: Bilateral Coordination
            ABC Maze
            Doodle Jump
            Scoops – Ice Cream Fun For Everyone
            Tilt Maze
            Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2
Chapter 20: Motor Planning
            Doodle Buddy
            Fish Fingers! 3D Interactive Aquarium
            Wooly Willy
            Lightsaber Unleashed
            Guitar Hero
            Type and Talk
Chapter 21: Activities of Daily Living
            More Pizza!
            Cake Doodle
            Cookie Doodle
            How Dirty Are You?
            Dressing Teddy
            Cooking Mama
            Functional Skills System
Part VII: General Education (intro. By Thomas Todd - classroom teacher)
Success Story- Karl (by Thomas Todd)
Chapter 22: Reading
            See Read Say
            K-3 Sight Words
            Sight Words Circus – 300 sightwords
            Dr. Seuss’s ABC
            Toy Story Read – Along
            Audiobook Player – 2300 Free Audiobooks
Chapter 23: Spelling
 #160;          Spell Blocks with Sight Words
            Word Magic
            Sight Words and Digraphs
Chapter 24: Math
            KidCalc Calculator For Children
            123 Animals Counting HD
            Math Magic
            Math Series
            Math Cards
            Math Flash Cards
            Time, Money & Fractions On-Track
            Jumbo Calculator
Chapter 25: Preschool
Success Story- Beth Ann Bourne (parent)
            SUPER WHY!
            abc Pocket Phonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
            Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
            Feed Me! – PencilBot Preschool
            Alphabet Fun
Neurological VIII: Neurological Communication Disorders
iPad Could Be A Beneficial Device For The Disabled (article by REDORBIT)
Chapter 26: Dysphagia
            SmallTalk dysphagia
            SmallTalk oral motor exercises         
Chapter 27: Aphasia, Apraxia & Dysarthria
            SmallTalk aphasia
            SmallTalk common phrases
            SpeakinMotion Trial
            SmallTalk oral motor exercises
            SmallTalk letters, numbers, colors
            SmallTalk phonemes
            SmallTalk consonant blends
Part IX: Stuttering
Chapter 28: Stuttering
DAF Assistant
            I – Speak
            Fluency Tracker
            Disfluency Index Counter
Part X: Creative Learning
Chapter 29: Music and Song
Success Story- Fiona
            Pandora Radio
            Magic Piano
            Drum Kit
            Baby Piano
            Fun Piano
            Wheels on the Bus
            Old Mac Donald
Part XI: Information for Parents and Caregivers
Chapter 30: Information About Autism
            Autism News Reader
            iAutism Toddlers Screening Tool
            IEP Checklist
Chapter 31: Gluten and Allergens
            Is That Gluten Free?
            iCanEat OnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free
Part XII: Cool Stuff
Chapter 32: Cool Stuff
            OtterBox Defender Series for Apple
            iMainGo 2
            Waterproof Your iDevice
            iPad Mounts
            Etre Touchy Gloves
            Universal Game Wheel
            Parabolic Sound Sphere
            iTee & iDress
            iPad Headrest Mount
            Mini Capacitive Stylus
            Universal Capacitive Stylus
            Chill Pill Audio RapCap Microphone
            iPad Chair
            iPad Suit

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