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Special Apps & Tools 4 Special Needs

A Special List of tools for the Special Needs Classroom. Take a Look and Learn a Little. -JP3


Current events and accessibility merge to help kids hear and see what's going on in the news. The "Read to Me" feature helps kids who have auditory-processing issues or difficulty with verbal reasoning.

Phonics Genius

This flashcard-style app helps kids learn words by letter sounds. Kids learn how to listen and look for letter sounds and piece them together to form words. For a more personalized learning experience, kids can record their own voice.

Spelling City

Creative activities, from word scrambles to audio word matching, help kids practice their spelling words. Kids with dyslexia, cognitive disabilities, and intellectual disabilities will find this app beneficial.

Write About This App

This fantastic writing app encourages kids to use their imaginations and can be a superb tool to use with kids with dyslexia or cognitive disabilities. Built-in accessibility features include text and voice prompts.

Bugs and Buttons App

Fun games help kids practice their pincer grasp, eye-hand coordination, touch-and-drag motion, and more. Kids with dyspraxia and other fine motor issues may benefit, as games are designed by level, which helps them complete one-step motor tasks.

Dexteria Dots - Get in Touch with Math

This exceptional math app can be great for young kids who may be dysgraphic or have fine motor difficulty. The hand and finger exercises, along with fun animation and music, can help kids with a wide range of abilities build math skills and improve fluency.

Jungle Time App

This interactive time-telling app uses both analog and digital formats and has five levels for individual progress. Kids with dyscalculia or other learning difficulties can benefit.


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Bob Books

This great interactive book has kids drag letters to the right place below a picture as the letters and words are sounded out. Kids will delight as the black-and-white screen changes to color and drawings animate. Adults can customize settings to suit kids' phonics knowledge and reading level.

First Words

Each screen gives kids an object and a word to spell. They have to drag and drop letters into the right slots. When the word is complete, a voice spells and says the word, and the next word appears. Lots of options let adults tailor the experience to match kids' skills and preferences.

iTRACE Handwriting

Looking for a way to practice letter writing? Tracing can help kids with dysgraphia, visual spatial-relation issues, and fine motor issues. The app includes fun rewards and animations to encourage kids to keep progressing.

Kid In Story Book Maker

Here's an easy way to create visual stories to support learning and social modeling -- with your kid as the star character! This app is great for kids with intellectual disabilities or with autism.


Create personal social stories using photos and your own voice to help kids on the autism spectrum with transitions or as a behavioral strategy.

Word Bingo App

Kids practice identifying sight words in a fun bingo format. Parents can choose the grade level and select the game or spelling practice mode. Kids with dyslexia, cognitive disabilities, and intellectual disabilities may find this a fun way to learn.

Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase

Kids get systematic tracing practice while learning letter and number formation on this well-organized app, which uses audio cues. The multisensory approach can help kids with dysgraphia.


Jaws App for Windows

Jaws App for Windows

This screen reader can enable kids with visual disabilities to navigate and use almost all programs on a Windows-based computer. This capability will help kids who are blind engage with the digital world.