Apps for Education Compiled by Carolann Cormier, ms, ccc-slp, atp cromwell, ct

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Apps for Education

Compiled by Carolann Cormier, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Cromwell, CT
(This handout is meant to be a resource. It is not meant to be exhaustive and is not a suggestion on what apps to buy or download. It is always helpful to review the ratings on apps before purchasing. For review of apps, click on the review button when you are on the app download page in iTunes. If a lite version is available, generally they are free or cheaper, so they can be a way for you to try an app. For childrens apps click on the Apps for Kids category in iTunes sidebar. For books, click on the Books category. Use the search parameters built into iTunes for apps by clicking on the apps button when your search results come up.)

To take screen shots of your various displays press the “home” and “sleep” keys at the same time. The shot will be saved in your photos and can be emailed or used in presentations.


Color & Draw

Includes various types of paper and background images. You can import pictures for your background

Curious George

With virtual stickers and 45 colors, paint 56 unique pages of Curious George and friends.

Doodle Buddy

Finger paint with colors and tap the screen to include stamps on pictures or provided backgrounds.

Doodle Kids

Using a finger, draw random shapes in random colors and sizes, then shake to clear the screen

Draw for iPad

(Free) Cooperative Drawing Game

Drawing Den

A series of pages to color in.

Drawing Pad

Includes different brushes, stamps, crayons, colored pencils and different color paper for the backgrouns.


An art program that allows you to add stamp images or your creations onto included backgrounds. Some verbal feedback provided.

iColoring Book

With many pen colors paint included images, or use downloaded images from the Internet.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

A musical color image with 70 elements to paint. You can save your image to your photos.

Learn to Draw

Follow directions with basic shapes to make drawings

Splatter HD

(Free) allows you to pick colors and make spatter pictures that you can save in your picture album.

SculptMaster 3D

Using your fingers, create digital sculptures by painting clay like material.

Spawn (a lite version available)

Touch and drag on different areas of the screen to get animated feedback of where your finger is moving.

Assistive Technology & Accessibility

There are accessibility features on the 16 and 32 GB model iTouches only and on the 3rd Gen. iPod Touchs, iPhone 3GS and iPads. These features include voice over, voice control, high contrast mode, mono audio and up to 5x zoom. For more information go to: and click on the specific tool you would like information on for the accessibility features.


Install on iPhone/iTouch and computer and allows you to use the app to control the computer


Create talking pictures


Type in text and it creates an mp3 file of your text

Books - Children

ABC Dinos

A dinosaur name is read and shown on each alphabetical page

Brave Monkey

Cute story that is automatically read to you. Does not highlight


A story about an elephant

Buddy #1

Story about Buddy the Bus and where he take people. You can add your voice. It reads in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish.


Real photographs of bugs with the text that is read by touching Mother Goose.

Cat in the Hat

An interactive book that can be read to you or you can read where each word is highlighted and the text label of items on the page is displayed and read when touched.

Children’s Classics

Auto scrolling books from various authors, arranged alphabetically. Text only with some illustrations.

Curious George’s Puppies

The book allows you to record your own voice and is read to you page by page. It allows a large text feature

Curious George B-day

An interactive book where you discover George’s birthday surprise as you listen to the book or record your voice

Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s

An interactive book that can be read to you or you can read where each word is highlighted and the text label of items on the page is displayed and read when touched.

Emperor’s New Clothes

Can auto scroll, the text is not read aloud.

Fairy Tales

Books from Hans Christian Anderson that auto scroll at the rate you desire. Text only.


Each word is highlighted as it is read to you

Grinch Who Stole Christmas

An interactive book that can be read to you or you can read where each word is highlighted and the text label of items on the page is displayed and read when touched.


Each page is read to you when you touch the page

How to Train Your Dragon

From ForgDog Media, each word changes color as it is read aloud.

ICDL Books for Children

Thousands of children’s books (e.g. Three Little Pigs) from 60 countries in various language with illustrations.


High Contrast, white on black picture book with 5 categories (e.g. animals, food) for young children.

iMotherGoose – Bugs

Talking picture book with full color pictures that speak the insect name when touched

iMotherGoose – Emperor’s New Clothes

The classic has been altered and contains narrations and original artwork.

iMotherGoose – Hansel and Gretel

The classic has been altered and contains narrations and original artwork.

iStoryTime Kids Books

The books are illustrated, include text, and are narrated with pages that turn automatically or manually.

Jules Verne

Contains the text of books written by Jules Verne

Little Lala

Can read or have it read to you page by page

Little Red Riding Hood

Talking, interactive book with story narration paired with text and animated objects.

Miss Spider

iPad, animated story that reads to you

The Lorax

An interactive Dr. Seuss book that can be read to you or you can read where each word is highlighted and the text label of items on the page is displayed and read when touched. Background sound effects

My Friend Isabelle

Two friends with differences in a narrated story paired with highlighted text.

Peter Rabbit

The test is read to you, each page has a hidden shape and the pages color in as they are turned

The Reading Bug – from iStory Times a library of narrated children’s books

Designed for children 2 and up. Can pick different voices and other preferences. This story is about a chameleon out to catch the reading bug.

Sesame Street Playground

Allows you to change some settings and record your own voice for this story about a lost puppy.


The simple story is read to you with sound effects.

StoryBook (a lite version is available)

A collection of stories that allows you to customize the books by genre, names, gender, ages and species. Each reading can be slightly different, introducing you to new words.


Easy program to create your own stories by adding in photos, text and speech. Could use for social stories and schedules.

Three Little Pigs

Interactive book with story narration paired with text. The characters can be touched to make sounds.

Toy Story

Animated book that highlights the words as they are read.

Treat Street

Simple Halloween animations containing a costume shop, Treat Street where you can interact with items on the street to get audio feedback and treats and a goodie bag. No speech or text.


Simple story book that names and shows the text of the trucks as they are touched.

Books – Adults and Young Adults

3D Bookshelf

Includes a variety of classics


Download hundreds of classic books arranged alphabetically by author.

Barnes & Nobel eReader

Allows you to download books from Barnes & Noble


Allows you to create a book list by title, author, genre and recent and do searches.


Borders eBooks

Allows you to download books from Borders


Contains the complete text with some illustrations of 22 classic books. You can bookmark where you are in your reading.

Cliff Notes

Available for a variety of the classic books and offers information on the plot, characters and summaries.


Summaries and reading assistance for many books in English Literature (like Cliff Notes). Each one is a separate app.


When connected to the Internet access your eTextbooks to read them and to view your notes.

Free Books

Thousands of books in different genres, all to download for free

Great Books

The text of over 200 books, that are arranged alphabetically by authors. It uses autoscrolling.

iBooks (iPad)

Download and read books that show the pictures in the actual books, turn the pages back and forth by touching the edges of the pages. Get free books by searching for free books in the store.

Jules Verne

The works of Jules Verne

Kindle for iPhone

Download and read Kindle books, highlight and take notes, select alternate text and background colors


Includes a collection of classic myteries.


Auditory or visual summaries and notes on hundreds of books. Each one is a separate app. (Like Cliff Notes)

Sherlock (iPad)

Vook (Videos and links included in the book to make it a video book).


Download from over 50,000 free books and read them with tabbed navigation, copy support and note sharing.

Vook Books

Various books that have embedded videos and links to wikipedia for the text that is in blue and underlined.

Wattpad 100,000+ books


ABA FlashCards - Actions

52 images to learn actions via text, photo and real audio


You scroll through basic comments for conversations, telephone, emergency, meals, restaurants, health and pain scale.


Allows you use 14 cards in 40 decks of randomized flash cards for practicing specific sounds with data collection. Has audio and recording features.

AutoVerbal Pro

Includes some basic pictures and words that speak as you touch them. Can also type in text and have it spoken.

DAF Assistant

Delayed auditory feedback and frequency shifting to help decrease stuttering


Contains over 100 commonly used expressions divided into 7 categories (a Youtube video at

Grace – Picture Exchange for Nonverbal People

It can be customized by adding your own photos. The users selects up to 8 cards in a sentence and rotates the device to present them to the listerner who reads the cards.

Going Places – Social Stories

Contains 6 video and audio social stories about going to different places

Halo Talk

by AdstraSoft this forced choice/prompting app is designed as pairs of opposites to use to offer choices from a field of two photos or to prompt by using a field of two photos. This uses the cartoon drawing of a person as well as photos.


Pre-loaded pictures and storyboards/routines to facilitate language comprehension. You can record yur own speech and customize the setups.


AAC tool to express 6 different icons representing basic needs: food drink, sick, bathroom, help and break


Visual prompting tool containing original artwork for schedules, a timer, a 2 choice prompts and a library of pictures

iSpeak Spanish

Uses high quality text to speech to translate English to Spanish and Spanish to English


List of sounds for developmental ages 3 to 7+ with explanations for forming and teaching the sounds

iTranslate Plus

Translate words and whole sentences in 52 languages and use text to speech with 43 voices in 16 languages

Jolly Holiday

Learn prepositions while decorating the tree, then learn the signs to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. – 24 titles

Most of the apps present 1 picture with the text paired with speech, but some also work on receptive language by identifying by name, what goes together, rhymes and function.

Larry the Talking Parrot

Larry repeats your words back.

Learn to Talk

Over 160 interactive flashcards to learn nouns, verbs, early syntax and word combinations.

Locabulary Lite

Audio output for expressing phrases (hello), moods (I am happy), assistance (Call the doctor) & restaurants. Comments on iTunes said there are problems with it crashing and causing problems with Prologuo2Go.

Look2Learn – AAC

AAC system with photos and preloaded voices to express wants and needs.

Mobile Articulation Probes

Over 600 words organized by sound, to practice articulation in flashcards with user and data features


AAC software with photos and voice recording feature that can be used with a web authoring service


Full AAC dynamic display solution with over 7000 symbols, natural sounding voices, automatic tensing and more.

Small Talk Aphasia

By Lingraphica, geared towards individuals with aphasia, has icons and text for simple communication messages (free)

Small Talk Dysphagia

By Lingraphica, present icons and text for basic communication, including adaptive equipment needed for eating.

Small Talk Oral Motor Exercies

By Lingraphica, presents videos and pictures for oral motor exercies

Speak It

Text to speech

Step Stones

By AdastraSoft, visual schedules for 9 sequential activities that can be checked for completion and more activities can be added.


Allows you to easily create your own books, schedules, sequences or social stories by importing pictures and adding speech

Talking Carl

An animated figure repeats whatever it hears using a modified voice and some other sound effect.

Talking Harry the Hedgehog

(free) Harry repeats whatever you say.

Talking Tom Cat

(free) Similar to Talking Carl, an animated cat repeats what you say. The voice is not as modified as Talking Tom.

TapSpeak Button

Allows you to record messages that the person plays back by touching red buttons on the display (like a Big Mack). They will be expanding their line to included sequential playback of messages.

TapSpeak Picture

Take pictures of common objects for visual indicator, message categories, sync from iPhone to iPod Touch to use Touch as primary playback device

TapSpeak Picture Choices

Adds to TapSpeak Picture the ability to configure and choose among two or more messages on a single screen.

TapSpeak Sequential

Sequential recording and playback of songs, stories, nursery rhymes, and other messages. Includes starter set of songs with others sets available through iTunes

Tap to Talk

Communication program that allows you to program 6 choices in the display, with a category picture above it. The speech is better here then on the DS. Subscription needed to edit and add.

Tap to Talk for the DS


Uses drawings and photos to communicate schedules and actions

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