Mobile device apps come and go. Sometimes it seems that the instant we recommend an app, it disappears for some reason or another. Or there is a change in the price. Who knows why?

If you find that an app has been recommended here that is no longer available, please let us know so we can remove it from our list.

Finding More Apps

This is my no means a comprehensive list. For example, we chose not to mention apps designed for augmentative communication nor executive functioning. Another example is the category of behavior, reminders or schedule support apps. There are numerous valuable options to consider. However, on the Resources page you will find ways to investigate specific areas not here addressed.

Making recommendations for mobile device apps is like aiming at a moving target. It’s practically impossible to keep meaningful and timely lists of recommendations. Instead it is important to consider a framework within which apps might be considered on an ongoing basis.

Websites that Help Users Find Apps

Accessible Technology Coalition Blog

iPad/iPhone/iTouch AAC Apps Sorted by Age Appropriateness

Apps in Education
Blog with apps and educators recommendations

APPitic is a directory of apps for education by Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) to help you transform teaching and learning. These apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

Applications for Special Populations
We hope that people will use this site to make informed decisions before downloading. Our purpose in creating this wiki is to foster collaboration around how applications can be used in unique ways to support learning in home, school, and therapy settings.

Apps in the Special Education Classroom
A component of a resourceful blog by Glenda Hampton Anderson, special educator and Assistive Technology Consultant.

Apps for Autism
Apps selected for learning support for individuals with Autism

Apps for Children with Special Needs
Hundreds of video clips organized by category and by publisher.

Apps for Stages
Based on cognitive and language developmental stages anchored in research and describing features for apps selected.

Apps 4 Speech/Language
The complete resource for apps for SLPs.

Models for successful instructional practices with mobile devices collected by Apple Distinguished Educators. It’s the application of apps for learning.

Babies with iPads
This blog is designed to document infants/toddlers with disabilities using an iPad to promote their development. I hope to show how this new technology can help children with disabilities develop their communication, play, pre-literacy, cognitive, visual/auditory and motor skills.

Bridging Apps
We believe that it is more important to focus on the person who will be using the technology, rather than the device itself.

Carolann Cormier
Apps recommendations for learning cause and effect - and special education.

Common Sense Media
Apps recommendations for families.

ConnSENSE Bulletin
Apps for Education column by Carolann Cormier

Educational iPad Apps for Preschoolers
a list of some educational iPad apps for Preschoolers, which are alphabetically arranged by category (ex: art/fine motor, articulation, books for preschoolers, play, language, etc.) and provides information on the function and price of each app.

Education Apps Reviews
A community effort to grade “educational apps”

GaMeS Lab
The goal of the GAMeS Lab at Radford University is to design interactive mobile games and study the impact of these products on student engagement and learning.

Geek SLP
Comprehensive source of education apps, accessories, how-to handouts.

iPad Academy
Blog with tips and recommendations

Apps for children with special needs and their friends.

iPads for Education
This website is for educators who want to learn about using iPads in education. Here you will find information about the Victorian school iPads for Learning trial including specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education
E. Sailers/S. Sennott List of iOS apps for SLPs

iPod Touch and iPad Resources
Susan Brooks-Young and Chris O'Neal maintain this LiveBinder site that collects resources from other sites as well as reviews and articles.

Jane Farrall Consulting
Website containing blog, literacy and AAC guidance, and recommendations for switch accessible iPad apps.

Jon and Emily's World
Licensed therapists who have tested hundreds of apps so you don't have to.

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything
This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place!
Each of the images has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for
iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

Karen Janowski
Free Apps for Educators Google Doc

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP
SLP/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant

Lillie’s Pad
The mission of this site is to be a resource for everything special needs related to the iPad and the iPhone. Whether it be apps, app giveaways, videos, music, news stories, accessories, links, helpful hints, etc.

Mobile Learning for Special Needs
Wiki site accompanied by a FaceBook page and YouTube Channel supporting accessibility of devices as well as making apps recommendations and offering tutorials maintained by an Inclusive Learning Evangelist Luis Perez.

Moms with Apps
Moms With Apps supports family-friendly developers seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families.

Not your Average Therapy Bag
Here you will find free and inexpensive cell phone (or iPad) apps you can use in your school-based Occupational Therapy sessions.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
The Autism Center at OCALI provides a clearinghouse of information on research, resources and trends to address the autism challenge.

One Place for Special Needs
A searchable resource of products and information of families with children with special needs

OTs with Apps
The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults.

Pocket SLP
Amazing apps for Speech-Language Therapy

Practical Autism Resources
This site is dedicated to the support of the hard-working individuals who are key players in the lives of children with autism.

Practical AAC Blog
This blog guides you through comparing AAC apps from several perspectives.

Simon Elliott
The Free Mac Classroom

Free app list is now available as a free iBook to open and use on your iPad

Smart Apps for Kids
Reviews for apps for all learners, Top Ten, Giveaways, and more

Smarty Ears
Smarty Ears was founded in December of 2009 by a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association. Smarty Ears was the first company to create apps geared towards speech therapy for mobile devices.

Spectronics Blog
Spectronics Inclusive Learning Technologies maintains an active blog that frequently recommends apps according to theme. There is a comprehensive main menu but you can also search for the theme of your choice.


The founding members of this wiki consist of veteran therapists who hope that people will use this site to make informed decisions before downloading.

Speech Gadget's SLP App List
This spreadsheet is the work of Deb at It is meant to be a listing of apps that can be used for Speech/Language therapy or for speech/language development.

Speech Techie
A look at technology through the language lens of Shawn Sweeney, CCC-SLP

Tactus Therapy Solutions
The iPad and iPhone are valuable tools for acquired brain injury rehab. Our apps are designed specifically for this purpose, but other apps are also useful to target other goals or to support the therapist. A mobile touch-screen device loaded with the right apps can become a portable therapy toolkit all on its own! If you would like more information about using apps in adult neuro rehab, please contact us about continuing education options.

Technology in (Spl) Education
This is a website to collect and share tools, hardware and applications available for the enhancement of technology in education with emphasis in Special education and organizes apps recommendations according to IEP goal areas.

The iPhone Mom
We review iPhone apps for moms or anyone else looking to tap into the practical, personal or parenting potential of their iDevice.

The SLP Apps
A resource list, managed by Sean J. Sweeney, CCC-SLP, for anyone interested in apps for mobile devices (iOS- iPad/iPhone/iPod, Android or BlackBerry) that have clinical applications. This is a collaborative document housed in Google Docs, and all with permission and sign-in can access or edit it, with the idea being that it will grow with everyone's contributions.

Our mission is to provide reviews and other content regarding apps and devices from a therapists' perspective.

TiPS: Technology in Practice for S-LPs
Everything iPad for Speech and Language Pathologists

Apps that Help Users Find Apps

AppShopper keeps you up to date on the newest App Store apps, sales and freebies. Organize apps in your own customized Wish List and automatically get notified when there is a sale or update.

Simply search for an app that you like or choose from one of our featured apps. We’ll show you how the apps you choose are connected in a massive, never-ending map of the App Store, and we’ll give you great recommendations for other apps to download.


Braille Institue Recommended Apps