UPDATE: Please check out our follow up post, “iPad Apps for Kids with Special Needs, Part II” for a more recent list of the best apps for children with special needs!
The iPad has gotten a lot of people excited. There are many different ways an iPad can be used as a tool for educators and students (of all abilities) to use in the classroom, as well as fun and learning at home, too! A great way to combine iPad education and fun with physical therapy is to have kids who normally use wheelchairs to stand up in a standing frame while playing iPad like Max. Often kids who use wheelchairs like to do activities in their stander that able-bodied kids may do while sitting down, so iPad time is a great opportunity to get some weight bearing in their standing frame. Let’s take a look at a few applications that are fun and stimulating for kids with special needs (they are all FREE unless noted):
Master List of iPad Apps for Special Education
Here is a great list of apps compiled by a school speech language pathologist, Eric Sailers. Many of the apps are for iPhones or iPods too.
Thank you to Adaptions 4 Kidz, King of the Wild Things, Speech Language Pathology Sharing and the USA Tech Guide blogs for sharing their favorite iPad Apps with us! Be sure to check out their great websites for more ideas on fun activities for your kids!
Have you had a chance to play with an iPad yet? What apps have you tried? What would you recommend for learning, function, or fun?