April 2, 2017 is International Autism Awareness day, so many apps will be discounted or free. Many are listed below, however others will be available. Check Smart Apps for Kids each day to find others. If you have a favorite, be sure to check them out in the app store!
Proloquo2Go (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $249.99
Gateway to Language – an in app purchase for P2G will also be 50%
Proloquo4Text (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Pictello (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $19.99
Keeble (April 2, 3, 4) – 50% discount, regularly $24.99
Speak for Yourself! (March 31-April 4) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
LAMP Words for Life (April 2, 3) – 50% discount, regularly $299.99
Avaz Pro (April 1-15) – 50% discount, regularly $119.99
Total Talk AAC (thru April) 50% discount thru April
AACORN AAC – regularly $119.99go to website, scroll to the bottom, to claim discount at
this link: AACORN AAC Website
Coughdrop AAC – (March 31-April 7) – 50% off lifetime subscription, regularly $200 (sign
up at this link: Coughdrop Subscription)
Alexicom Elements AAC apps (April 1-8) Move the decimal sale to get the discounted
–Elements Child Pre – $19.99 to $1.99
–Elements Child Home – $19.99 to $1.99
–Elements Child School – $49.99 to $4.99
–Elements Teen Home – $19.99 to $1.99
–Elements Adult Home – $19.99 to $1.99
–Elements StoryMaker – $9.99 to $.99
–Elements Core 280 – $9.99 to $.99
Tobii Dynavox apps and software – (March 29-April 5) 50% discount
–Compass – regularly $179.99
–PODD (Based on Compass) – regularly $299.99
–Compass with Gateway – regularly $299.99
–Compass with Eye Tracking – regularly $499.99
–Communicator 5 – regularly $699.99
–Snap Scene – regularly $49.99
–Boardmaker Online and Boardmaker disc software – 25% discount (use code BLUE25
Zones of Regulation – (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99
Zones of Regulation – Exploring Emotions (April 3) – 50% discount, regularly $4.99
Many speech pathologists and special education teachers are now using the LAMP Words for Life app as an AAC solution for students who are nonverbal. And, an increasing number of students are coming to school with devices, such as an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life app or a dedicated PRC Alternative Communication device.
If you are looking for a live, face-to-face workshop, The Center for AAC and Autism offers trainings throughout the country.
However, if you don’t have access to a live training in your area, or just need to gain an immediate understanding of the LAMP or LAMP Words for Life language systems, then the links below may help you understand the system and some basics for supporting your students. These can also be helpful to share with a student’s teacher, paraprofessional, or parent:
A very helpful set of short video tutorials can be found here (video #11 is an hour long Introduction to Lamp Words for Life): Link here to LAMP Tutorial Videos
The “Apps for Students with Autism Wheel”, created by Mark Coppin has been updated! This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student. This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be a definitive list. This list is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking certain apps. Use the link above to download the interactive wheel.
Follow Mark on Twitter: @mcopp
A Social Story is an individualized short story that describes socially relevant cues and behavior in a given situation. It breaks down challenging social situations into understandable steps to help an individual understand appropriate behavior, responses and actions. It includes answers to questions such as who, what, when, where and why through the use of visuals and written text. Social Stories are used to teach particular social skills such as identifying important cues, taking another’s point of view, understanding rules, routines, situations, upcoming events or abstract concepts and exceptions to the norm.
One Place for Special Needs has a page of Social Stories and links.
Video Social Stories can also be found on this YouTube Channel.