Fun Apps for Your Special Needs Child!

Comic LifeAre you looking to maintain social communication skills this summer? Social communication skills include interpreting how others are thinking in addition to what they are saying.  Children need to be encouraged to look at facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice in order to read how a person is feeling and thinking. This skill can be practiced using common apps. Creating projects with visual scenes can be both fun and easy.  There are many apps on the market that are user friendly that your child can use while letting his/her imagination go wild. At the same time he/she will be practicing social language skills.

Although there are many apps that maybe used, my recommendations include Comic Life and Pic Collage. Comic Life provides an opportunity for the child to make his/her very own comics using speech and thought bubbles with his/her own photos. This allows for practicing perspective taking as he/she think about what others are thinking and assign words and thoughts to the bubbles.  The flexibility is great.  Don’t forget family and neighborhood animals when adding photos to the app.  Most young children just love adding speech and thought bubbles to their favorite creatures.

Pic Collage provides pictures together with collages.  It helps children not only to remember their friends but also their friends likes, attributes, family members, and more. Have your child create a visual scene of their favorite summer activity with family and friends.  This app also allows you to search the web for images or use your own photos. For children who have a difficult time knowing what to say when they first see a friend they can rely on the collage for conversation starters.

Share your favorite apps with me! I would love to hear from you…


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Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.
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