Category Archives: Special Needs

Claro ScanPen Reader ~ Text-to-Speech App

    Claro ScanPen Reader is a state of the art text-to-speech tool that reads printed text out loud. Just point your camera at some printed text, take a photo and select the text you want to hear read back to you! In other words, it uses iOS system voices to read the text to you. Amazing what…
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How to Become a Better Autism Teacher

Trisha Katkin is a special educator who has seen how the influx of students with autism has changed the responsibilities of educators. She says that so many teachers are put into positions they are not ready for when it comes to teaching students with autism. She’s using her 15 years of experience working with autistic…
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Time For Bed little Ted

It's time for Little Ted to go to bed.  Can you help him? Since its release in January, the preschool story app 'Time For Bed little Ted' has received positive reviews from parents and teachers. Professional voice actors read this calming bedtime story, which is supportive of early learning, is autism-friendly and has easy to…
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Total Talk is a new speech generating app

Total Talk is a robust new speech generating an app from Panther Technology, the creators of Tango. Total Talk was created with exceptional new and unique features to help strengthen the communication between AAC users and their communication partners. According to Total Talk’s creator, Panther Technology, “All of us have different approaches for different communication needs.…
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Bitsboard Pro – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App

Bitsboard Pro – The Best Educational Learning Games and Flash Cards in 1 App by Innovative Investments Limited is a beautifully crafted app that expands on the traditional use of flash cards by making them customizable and motivating to play, through the use of multiple mini-games. The app is filled with downloadable “boards” and/or classes…
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The crossroads of educational technology and learning differences

I feel very privileged to have the knowledge and understanding to twice help my students with learning disabilities. Under my special education that, I provide the remediation and skill instruction that is needed. Under my educational technology that, I can show them how they can leverage their everyday technology (i.e., iPods and iPhones) for their…
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Tiggly Play Date

Tiggly Play Date [caption id="attachment_59332" align="alignleft" width="350"] This was one end of the table. We had a brother and sister, and then 6 classmates of the brother over.[/caption] Recently, I was asked to help a family host a play date for their son with Angelman Syndrome. The Mom invited 6 boys to her house to…
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Me&Myself

  SNapps, a TWA favorite for their emphasis on promoting independence with kids that have special needs, has come out with a new series of apps with the emphasis on giving kids a voice in sharing about themselves. In Me&Myself, the first of three planned in the series for self-expression, kids, and young adults are…
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