Socially Speaking App for Social Skills Building in Young Children with Autism and Special Needs, by Socially Speaking LLC, is a wonderful app targeted to teachers and speech-language pathologists of preschool and early elementary children. The layout is very simple and pleasing to the eye. A child’s photo can be taken and a list of team members can be listed as well as behaviors to modify as well as long term goals.This can be emailed to other members of a team and/or added to a child’s individual education plan. There is then a more detailed page, covering a preschool assessment as well as a definition of the behavior which is very helpful. Age expectations of each behavior are included. The PDF that can be emailed is technical, but clear, with great explanations to keep team members consistent as well as having a great overall plan for everyone to follow. While this is a very specific app, it will be very helpful for team members working with these particular students and I also see how this could be modified for keeping track of behaviors for older children. It is really difficult to find special education apps and this one hits the mark. This is a great app and is $9.99 in the App store.
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Ann Francis is a die hard special education teacher of who believes everyone can learn. She has been using iPads in the classroom for three years and it has totally changed the way she instructs. Ann also offers professional development on collecting data with apps, training teachers on apps and using the iPad.