Apps

When we provide equipment to pupils we often provide software and applications which also support the assistive technology and access for the young person. Here we will provide more information about these different applications.

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AAC

Clicker Communicator AAC – an  AAC app that gives a voice to children and young people with speech and language difficulties.

Developed by Crick Software.

Clicker Communicator Widgit – an  AAC app that gives a voice to children and young people with speech and language difficulties. Widgit Symbols included.

Developed by Crick Software.

Grid For IPad VPP – an AAC app with a wide range of research based resources and communication tools, designed for all ages and levels of literacy.

LetMeTalk – A free AAC talker app that enables you to line up images in a meaningful way. Choose from over 9,000 easy to understand images in the LetMeTalk database, add existing images from your device or take new photos with the built in camera.

PODD with Compass – an innovative, flexible and robust AAC solution, offering a full-breadth of pre-stored communication, built-in supports and many other tools for communication and support.

This version of Compass includes the premium PODD pageset. PODD is a way of organising whole word and symbol vocabulary to provide immersion and modelling as well as a means to express a range of messages in a variety of environments.

Developed by Tobii Dynavox.

Predictable – an AAC text-to-speech app that makes speaking out a text-based message easy.

The software uses a smart word prediction technology to learn from your patterns of use and predict what you will type next in your message easily and accurately.

Proloquo2Go –  an easy to use communication app for people who cannot speak or need help being understood.

The app is fully customisable and can be utilised to build language skills and grow with a person’s communication, supporting both beginning and advanced communicators.

Scene & Heard – a visual scene based communication aid which provides communication in context and new learning aids with interactive features.

Designed to cater for a range of needs, starting with simple single message based communication to sophisticated interlinking scenes with a range of interactive features.

Snap Core First Full – symbol-based AAC app for non-verbal individuals who have difficulties speaking, designed to let users start communicating quickly and guide them from their first words to literacy.

Upcard – designed to support families with autism and ADHD with communication, planning and tracking.

Widgit Go – support communication and language development with Widgit Go which can be used as a simple symbol-based AAC communicator or as a tool to develop learning and language skills.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Literacy support and speech and language therapy

Actions In Video – created by a speech & language therapist/pathologist, this app uses videos of real people doing these actions to teach actions (verbs) and basic sentence structures.

Animals Vocab – developed in conjunction with education and speech and language professionals, Animals Vocab is a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘Animals’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

ChooseIt! Literacy – ChooseIt! Literacy contains over 250 activities with over 5,000 pages of simple multiple choice activities to work on literacy skills.

ChooseIt! Literacy has a simple and consistent presentation, clear language, switch accessibility and full audio support which has made them a valuable resource for children with special needs.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

ChooseIt! Maker 3 – allows you to view your cause and effect activities, literacy activities, sound lotto and matching activities, multiple choice activities, games, quizzes and more on the go!

Simple presentation, clear recorded sound and a variety of access options (including switch access) makes the CM3 App ideal for a range of students, including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), communication difficulties, language impairments, physical and motor difficulties and learning difficulties.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Clicker Books – a book making app that includes extensive support for pupils of all abilities.

Developed by Crick Software.

Clicker Connectpupils choose from clusters of words, phrases and pictures to produce their own writing. As each sentence is completed, it is spoken aloud, helping learners to review and correct what they have written.

(To be replaced by Clicker Writer).

Developed by Crick Software.

Clicker Docs – pupils use the child-friendly keyboard to type into the simple word processor, and a range of speech options encourage them to review what they have written. This helps them to find and correct errors for themselves, enabling them to become more independent writers.

(To be replaced by Clicker Writer).

Developed by Crick Software.

Clicker Writer – develop pupils’ writing skills and build struggling writers’ confidence with Clicker Writer – the writing tool that provides differentiated support for pupils of all abilities.

Developed by Crick Software.

Duolingo ABC – Learn to Read – a fun, hands-on way for children to learn to read. Activities like letter tracing and interactive stories, as well as Dualingo ABC’s cast of characters help children have fun while they practice reading and writing in English.

Final Sounds Vocab –  a collection and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic reading, sound identification and spelling skills linked to the sounds at the ends of words

Developed by Widgit Software.

Hairy Letters – learn the names and sounds of each letter with the Hairies.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

Hairy Phonics 1 – develops phonemic awareness with the introduction of the 9 most common consonant digraphs. This is where two consonants join and make one sound.

The ideal app to follow Hairy Letters.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

Hairy Phonics 2 – the perfect follow-on to Hairy Phonics 1, introducing the next set of phonemes every child needs to learn.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

Hairy Phonics 3 – The final Phonics app in the Hairies series.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

Hairy Words 1 – Learn the first 100 high frequency Sight words and introduce Tricky words!

Sight words are words that appear frequently in most of the text we read but can’t easily be sounded out.

Tricky words are phonically irregular words that cannot be sounded out in your head, children need longer to decode these.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

Hairy Words 2 – Learn the second 100 high frequency Sight words.

The ideal app to follow Hairy Words 1.

Developed by Nessy Learning.

HKL Car Wash – A simple cause and effect activity designed to provide a great opportunity for discussion and the development of everyday day vocabulary associated with using a car wash. Simply touch the screen or press a switch to advance the animated story step by step.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

HKL Photo Booth – A simple cause and effect activity designed to provide a great opportunity for discussion and the development of everyday day vocabulary associated with using a photo booth. Simply touch the screen or press a switch to advance the animated story step by step.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Home Vocab –  a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘In the Home’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Initial Sounds Vocab –  a collection and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic reading, sound identification and spelling skills linked to the sounds at the beginning of words.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Ourselves Vocab – a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘Ourselves’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Pedestrian Crossing – A simple cause and effect activity designed to provide a great opportunity for discussion and the development of everyday day vocabulary associated with using a pedestrian crossing. Simply touch the screen or press a switch to advance the animated story step by step.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Pictello – a visual storytelling tool. Each page in a Pictello story consists of a photo or video and some text, which can be read aloud by a Text to Speech voice or your own recorded audio

Seaside Vocab – a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘By the Seaside’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Seasons Vocab – a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘Seasons’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

See and Learn Phrases 1 – designed to teach children with Down syndrome to progress from using single words to using two words together when they talk.

See and Learn Phrases 2 – designed to teach children with Down syndrome to progress from using single words to using two words together when they talk.

See and Learn Phrases 3 – designed to teach children with Down syndrome to progress from using single words to using two words together when they talk.

See and Learn Saying Words 1 – offers activities to encourage the imitation and repetition of one- and two-syllable words. It aims to help children with Down syndrome learn to say whole words clearly.

Sensory CineVox – speech therapy for vocalising – a visually stimulating, simple and fun app that improves vocalisation and speech. CineVox is a speech therapy game tool that responds to sounds.

It is also fully switch accessible and can be used by Bluetooth switch users.

Sensory Mica Vocalization – a visually stimulating app that responds to sounds and can be used to encourage children to vocalise and make sounds.

Designed to assist with speech therapy, the louder the voice sound, the bigger the shape or pattern becomes.

Sensory Room – a fun cause and effect activity – look at the pictures and talk about the story in your own words. Touch the screen to see what happens next.

Switch access is included.

Clutter free, bright, clear graphics make it easier for students with visual impairment to see the screen.

Sight Words Sentence Builder – trains children to quickly recognize all Dolch Sight Words and build sentences from them.

Speak Up Too Speech Fun – a visually stimulating app that responds to sounds and can be used to encourage children to vocalise and make sounds.

Designed to assist with speech therapy, the louder the voice sound, the bigger the shape or pattern becomes.

Special Stories – a visual storytelling tool designed to break learning down into small steps. Special Stories supports children’s communication and language, as well as their education and personal development.

Switch access is included.

Special Words – a speech and language development app that is adaptable to children’s individual needs and abilities.

Switch access is included as well as a variety of fonts and large text option to support those with visual impairments and dyslexia.

Supermarket Vocab – a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘In the Supermarket’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Switch Fan – A simple sequential story activity that helps to develop early language.

Bold, clear graphics, relevant sound effects, switch access options and a clear sequence of events make this story suitable for young learners and those with additional needs.

Symbol Adjectives – designed to introduce and develop the student’s skills in basic description. The students will develop and practise their ability to describe various objects through a progressive set of activities.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Symbol Nouns – designed to introduce and develop the student’s skills in using nouns and plurals. The students will develop and practise their ability to recognise nouns and correctly apply the spelling rules linked to plurals.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Symbol Sentences – supports simple sentence building for students with early language abilities. Through a variety of activities, it supports the introduction of subject, verb, object with a widely-used colour coding system.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Symbol Verbs – designed to introduce and develop the student’s skills in using verbs. The students will develop and practise their ability to recognise verbs and correctly use the present and past tense.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Time Vocab – Time Vocab is a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘Date and Time’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Town Vocab –  a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘In the Town’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Transport Vocab – a collection of colourful and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic vocabulary on the theme of ‘Transport’.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Underground Subway – A simple cause and effect activity designed to provide a great opportunity for discussion and the development of everyday day vocabulary associated with using an underground subway. Simply touch the screen or press a switch to advance the animated story step by step.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Vowel Sounds Vocab –  a collection and engaging activities to introduce and develop basic reading, sound identification and spelling skills linked to the vowel sounds within words.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Numeracy support

Bugs and Numbers – designed for kids to practice a wide range of math skills. Organized into three stages, the app covers pre math to early fractions.

ChooseIt! Numeracy – contains over 230 activities with over 6,000 pages of simple multiple choice activities to work on numeracy skills.

ChooseIt! Numeracy has a simple and consistent presentation, clear language, switch accessibility and full audio support which has made them a valuable resource for children with special needs.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Five Currant Buns – touch the screen or press a switch to play each verse of this easy to learn counting song which reinforces early number skills.

Count up from one to five as the baker makes some tasty currant buns.

Five Girls in the Ring – touch the screen or press a switch to play each verse of this easy to learn counting song which reinforces early number skills.

Count up from one to five with the five girls in the ring as they sing a fun tune.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Five Speckled Frogs – touch the screen or press a switch to play each verse of this easy to learn counting song which reinforces early number skills.

Count down from five to zero as the frogs jump off the log and sing along to the catchy tune.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

ModMath – an adaptive program to assist students who struggle with Mathematical notation. The app lets you write and solve math problems right onto the touch screen of an iPad using the custom keypad, and you can print, email, or save to cloud services like Dropbox.

Photomath – uses step-by-step explanations, how-to animations and multiple solving methods to teach maths from basic arithmetic to advanced calculus and geometry.

Special Numbers – uses a wide range of activities to develop early number skills including counting, matching, ordering, comparing and selecting skills.

the app can be adapted to individual needs and abilities and all activities are configurable to a child’s current developmental stage and can grow with them as confidence and skills develop.

Inclusive and accessibility apps

AV1 Assistant – a resource for teachers, IT-staff, parents or guardians who administer one or several AV1 robots for their own child, or for children who use the robot at their school.

AV1 – AV1 is the app that belongs to a personal robot. The robot works as a stand-in for children who are unable to attend school.

Brighter and Bigger – a reading glasses tool for people who have difficulty reading fine print and focusing on nearby objects due to presbyopia, eye illness, etc.

Claro ScanPen – photo a printed text document, letter, test paper, etc and then select the text with your finger or a stylus pen to hear it spoken straight back to you instantly.

Claro ScanPen Premium – the premium version of Claro ScanPen is free to use for either 10 scans, or for 14 days when you sign up to the annual auto-renewing subscription (which you’re free to cancel at any time). When you have an active subscription you can download as many premium voices as you need for no extra cost.

DisplayNote Classroom – wirelessly share what’s on your screen to other connected devices in a classroom, lecture theatre or training room.

Dragon Anywhere Dictate Now – a professional grade dictation app. Create templates, add custom words, and instantly dictate your documents. Dragon Anywhere will automatically adapt to how you speak.

Notability – powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation.

Power Music – manage and display your sheet music and chord sheets on your iPad.

Seeing AI – a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.

Sonocent Link – the fully- featured companion app for Sonocent Audio Notetaker, on PC or Mac.

The App enables users to create high quality audio recordings, mark up the interesting audio with colour highlighting and add text notes, photographs and scribbled notes alongside the audio.

Symphony Pro Music Notation – a complete and intuitive app for writing music notation on iPad. It allows you to compose music for just about any size ensemble, from piano, symphonies, band, lead sheets, chord charts, guitar tabs, and more.

TapTapSee – designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their everyday lives.

Apps and games for visual development, stimulation, touch, switch or motor skills, fun and relaxation

123 Colour HD – includes over 200 colouring pages and is packed with features to teach skills such as numbers, spelling basic shapes, colours, drawing and painting skills and more.

BBC iPlayer Kids – watch, download and discover the best of CBeebies and CBBC.

Big Trucks – a simple touch and two switch accessible game featuring a range of vehicles including trucks, fire engine, diggers etc.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Cut the Buttons – a unique fine motor skills training game for people of all ages. Using two fingers on the touch-screen, players control a pair of on-screen scissors to cut, snip and trim.

Doodle Buddy Paint Draw App – a simple artistic medium for everyone from serious artists to someone just starting out. Use your finger to draw on dozens of backgrounds or your own pictures. Many effects, stamps and stencils are included.

Finger Paint With Sounds – a finger painting app offering a fun way to help children with special needs and others to practice their first interactions with a touch screen.

FotoFrezVR Real World Augmented Reality Sampler –  an Augmented Reality iPhone live camera effects sampler app. FotoFrezVR is a compendium of well over 100 fun visual and art effects.

Requires a Virtual Reality (VR) headset or VR goggles that will hold your iPhone.

Fun Painting – Sensory Fun Painting allows you to create beautiful symmetrical and freeform digital paint creations for your entertainment and relaxation.

Magic Fluids Lite – a relaxing, colorful drawing app that will help you calm down and relieve stress, or be creative and make aesthetic digital art.

Otsimo Special Education AAC – an educational game application developed for individuals diagnosed with learning disorders, attention deficit, autism, down syndrome, aspergers, and other special needs.

Otsimo Special Education engages motor and cognitive skills through assistive matching, drawing, choosing, ordering and sound games.

Otsimo includes free AAC for those who struggle with speech and language.

Peeping Musicians – designed to encourage early looking/observation skills and develop basic touch and targeting skills.

Sensory Abstract#1 – a calm, visual experience, with slow emerging shapes. Sensory Abstract is a passive experience with no touch input.

Sensory CineFx – Fun Effects – a fully switch accessible fun photo effects app for all with 30 cinema style effects.

Sensory Coloco – Symmetry Painting and Visual Effects – a touch painting app that lets anyone make attractive but unusual patterned paintings and drawings.

Sensory Electra – a simple, visually stimulating app with switch access options for people with special/complex needs of all ages and a range of abilities.

Tap buttons or press a switch to change effect. Electra responds to taps and up to 3 finger simultaneous touch movements.

Sensory FotoFrez – Fun Fotos – a switch accessible photo editor with over 200 run effects. Transform the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a Hall of Mirrors, add funky psychedelic colours and effects, pixel lenses or kaleidoscope view. Fotofrez yourself, your pet or your friends and rivals.

Sensory iMeba – a simple, visually stimulating app with switch access options for people with special/complex needs of all ages and a range of abilities.

Tap buttons or press a switch to change effect.

Sensory Just Touch – a fully switch accessible fun effects app for all with 30+  incredible touch effects.

Experience incredible visual, kaleidoscopic, entrancing patterns that respond to touch or the press of switch.

Sensory Light Box –  uses abstract animation and sound to introduce basic touch skills and awareness. Light Box also provides automatic (touch free) play to enable switch control for basic cause and effect.

Sensory Magma – a simple calming and relaxing visual app for people with special/complex needs of all ages.

Magma generates lava style slow moving effects, which when combined with music from the iPhone or iPad Music player can be relaxing and also stimulating.

Touch the screen or press a switch to change Magma effects.

Sensory Mandala Paint – allows you to create beautiful symmetrical and freeform digital paint creations for your entertainment and relaxation.

Sensory Painting – a simple to use, touch painting app that lets anyone make attractive but unusual patterned paintings and drawings.

Sensory Sound Box –  a developmental touch skills app for teenagers with complex learning needs including autism and visual impairment.

Each of the twenty-four scenes plays a continuous sound which changes it’s pitch or intensity as one or two fingers move around the screen.

The app also supports touch-free play for cause and effect switch access, single tap and sound activation switch control using the microphone.

Sensory Speak Up Vocalize – a visually stimulating app that responds to sounds and can be used to encourage children to vocalise and make sounds.

Designed to assist with speech therapy, the louder the voice sound, the bigger the shape or pattern becomes.

Sensory Splodge 1 Tap Splat – create splodge and splatter paint effects, fish, butterflies and balloons on different backgrounds. Complete with funny sound effects. Splodge is also switch accessible

Splat The Clowns –  an accessible and inclusive game designed to encourage and develop hand-eye coordination and switch timing skills. Auditory prompts and a clear background with bright objects make this an ideal game for children with visual and perceptual difficulties.

Touch the screen anywhere or press a switch to splat the clowns as they move across a target in the middle of the screen, splat five clowns to get a reward.

Developed by Inclusive Technology.

Train Tracker – a simple but addictive inclusive game for all ages with switch access options.

Choose a train and then build a track for it to go around.

Screening and assessment tools

Cognitive Development –  a screening tool to assess a child’s level of understanding as a guide to further intervention. Designed to be used by professionals and parents who are concerned with a child’s learning development.

Developed by Widgit Software.

Expressive Language – a screening tool that provides useful assessment information around the child’s ability to use spoken (expressive) language skills.

Insight Early Vision and Cognition Assessment – provides detailed and objective measurement, assessment and analysis of early vision and cognition behaviours using eye gaze technology.