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It seems that about every 3 months, we need to update our application list. So here is our latest list. Please let us know if we have overlooked something that your child loves. We enjoy expanding our app list too!

Reading and Reading Readiness

  • Smiley Sight Words
  • Teach Me Toddler
  • Teach Me Kindergarten
  • Teach Me 1st Grade
  • Super Why
  • ABC Match Ups
  • Intro to Letters (by Montessorium)
  • Bob Books
  • Elmo’s ABCs
  • See Touch Learn
  • Zoo Train
  • Feed Me
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
  • Dora ABCs
  • DTT Words
  • ABC Matchups

Spelling Apps

These apps go beyond letter recognition and actually teach the child to spell words.

  • Montessori Cross Words
  • Word Magic
  • Wordball
  • PCS Word Scramble


Vocabulary and Language Builders

  • Kindergarten dot com Flash Cards (there are many! actions, alphabet, zoo, fruits, toys, instruments)
  • Speech with Milo (sequencing, verbs, prepositions, adjectives)
  • First Words Deluxe
  • Preschool Animals
  • Story builder
  • Sentence builder
  • Language Builder
  • Question Builder
  • Zombie Grammar Force
  • Grammar App
  • SAT Grammar
  • Little Match Ups
  • PCS Language Flash Cards
  • PCS Vocabulary Flash Cards
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade

Speech and Articulation

  • Phono Pix Full
  • Artic Pix
  • Articulation Flip Book
  • Articulation Flash Cards (PCS)

Writing and Story Writing

  • My Story Book Maker
  • Pictello
  • iMovie


AAC and Visual Planners

  • Proloquo2go
  • iPrompts
  • Going Places
  • Timer
  • Alarmed
  • Tap to Talk
  • Vu Meter
  • My Choice Board
  • PCS Sign Language Flash Cards

Social Skills

  • QuickCues
  • Stories2Learn
  • What are They Thinking?
  • HiddenCurriculum Kids
  • Stories2Learn
  • Conversation Builder
  • iTopics

Interactive Food Games (Thank you Maverick Software)

  • More Grillin
  • More Cookies
  • More Buffet
  • Cupcakes
  • More Pizza
  • More Salad
  • Little Match Ups Fruits

Interactive Echo Games

  • Talking Gugi
  • Talking Tom
  • Talking Babies
  • Talking Gina
  • Talking John
  • Talking Roby
  • Talking Larry

Interactive Books

  • Misty Island (Thomas the Train complete with puzzles, coloring, and dot to dot)
  • 5 Little Monkeys
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Me and Mom Go to the City
  • Toy Story (with reading and painting)
  • On The Farm
  • Ronki
  • Speech with Milo
  • Mickey Mouse Puzzle Book
  • Monster at the End of the Book
  • Another Monster at the End of the Book (with Elmo)


  • Read me Stories (a library with one free book each day)
  • Mee Genius (a library)
  • Reading Bug
  • Food Fight
  • Christmas Tale
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Three Pigs
  • Sesame Books
  • Elmo’s Birthday

General Knowledge

  • Brain Pop
  • Weet Woo
  • See Touch Learn by Brain Parade


  • Bert’s Bag
  • Intro to Math (by Montessorium)
  • Free Multiplication Tables
  • Grasshopper
  • Ace Math Flash Cards
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Analogies for Kids
  • Analogies Practice
  • Tally Tots
  • Counting Coins
  • Every Day Mathematics
  • Fish School
  • K12 money
  • Math Cards
  • Patterning
  • Sail Through Math
  • Sequencing


  • Children’s Wooden Puzzles
  • Wooden Puzzles (these are not all good but the good ones are great. Sadly, the developers did not advertise on their app so we can’t tell you the exact name or developer)

Strategy and Problem Solving

  • Zentonimo
  • Cogs
  • Scrabble
  • Numulus
  • Logigrid
  • Conquist2
  • TicTacToe
  • Memory Game
  • Checkers Plus
  • Sudoku
  • Dots Free
  • Spider Free
  • Understanding inferences


  • Pictureka
  • Waldo
  • I Spy

Adaptive Skills

  • I Love Potty
  • Everyday Skills
  • Potty Time with Elmo

Motor Skills

  • Dexteria (developed by an OT and teaches fine motor skills)

Interactive Games

  • Bowling
  • Mini Cooper Liquid Assets
  • Monkey Flight (by Donut Games)
  • Sunday Lawn (by Donut Games)
  • Skee Ball
  • Flashlight
  • Spin the Coke Bottle
  • Spinning Plates
  • More Cowbell
  • Angry Birds
  • Doodle Jump
  • Cut the Rope
  • Where’s My Water
  • Rat on a Skateboard
  • Trucks (by Duck Duck Moose)
  • Sponge Bob Super Bouncy
  • Sponge Bob Diner Dash

Interactive Songs and Music

  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose developers)
  • Old MacDonald (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Wheels on the Bus (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Duck Duck Moose)
  • Kid’s Songs
  • Virtuosa Piano
  • Piano Free
  • Music Sparkles

Art Tools

  • Drawing Pad
  • Draw Free
  • Kid Paint
  • Whiteboard
  • Doodle cast
  • Doodle cast for kids

Halloween Applications

  • Carve a Pumpkin (to make the cute Jack-O-Lantern)
  • Pumpkin Lite
  • PumpknXplod
  • Pumpkin Plus
  • Skeleton (interactive and imitative)
  • Halloween Coloring Book
  • Carve It
  • Halloween Heat

Data Collection and Other Tools

  • DT Data
  • ABC Logbook
  • ABC Data Pro
  • Touch Trainer
  • Smart White Board
  • Sticky Notes for iPad
  • Timer
  • Meditation Timer

 Parent Tools

  • IEP Checklist
  • Autism Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Autism Track


Websites with Application Reviews

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Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (2011) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973), a disability is a physical or mental disability that affects a major life activity. What is a “Major Life Activity”?

  • eating?
  • toileting?
  • walking?
  • playing with your family?

Until a disability affects you or one of your immediate family members, you have no idea how great of an impact it is. Try to imagine having to help someone eat 3 meals a day, plus snacks, day after day, after day. Words cannot describe how a “normal” family is affected. Eating out in restaurants? Sorry, we can’t do that. Going on a bike ride? Sorry, we can’t do that either.

Well, we couldn’t do that until just recently. You see, my (Missy) brother has a disability–well, let’s be honest–multiple disabilities (autism, cognitive disability, seizure disorder, mild cerebral palsy). Those disabilities affect many of his life activities as well as some of our family’s activities. Something as simple as riding a bike was too difficult for him. We tried those “special” bikes but since he cannot steer or use the braking system, bike riding just wasn’t possible for him.Plus, how could you get that bike on the bike rack? Sure, this tricycle/bicycle probably works for some people–it just didn’t work for us.

Enter, the Caboose Trailer Bike. This bike attaches to the back of an adult bike. Surely you have seen toddlers riding at the rear of bikes. This bike is similar except that it has two wheels at the back for added stability. The rider does not need to steer or brake. However, the rider has handle bars and fully functioning pedals to enable him or her to participate.

We ordered right from Pedal Cars and Retro dot com. The bike shipped in just a few days. It comes in a box and requires some assembly. However, once assembled, the only work that is required is attaching it prior to the ride. Well, ok…..it does require a bit of work to pedal depending on how much the rider weighs.

The trailer bike does not fit on our bike rack. It does, however, fit in the back of the SUV. So, all 5 of us, and our bikes, and the trailer fit snugly in one package.

Clearly, with my brother tagging along on family outings, we can never have a “normal  life” but that won’t keep us from trying.

We are hanging out again this week over at Yeah Write. Hop on over there to visit other blogs where there are no winners just writers. Or you can head over to the challenge site and help pick out the winners on Thursday.
read to be read at yeahwrite.me

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