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Top Ten Apps for Adolescents and Adults With Developmental Disabilities

by Rebecca Eisenberg
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Have you ever downloaded apps that you weren’t satisfied with? Here’s some help  if you work with older adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.

Within the past 15 years, I have worked with a variety of populations, including adults with developmental disabilities.  In the past, I have used predominately workbooks, adapted books, social stories, and age appropriate therapy materials during my sessions. Within the past five years, the use of the iPad has changed my therapy sessions dramatically.

Within the past couple of years, I have found excellent age appropriate apps that are motivating for my clients and help meet their goals with regard to their social skills, literacy, life skills, language, and increasing independence in the community. I use these apps listed below on a regular basis and find them functional and useful during my therapy sessions. I have received promo codes for a couple of apps listed below but all of my recommendations are solely based on my own personal experience as a speech language pathologist and do not reflect the views of anyone else.

These apps are best used when combined with other therapy materials and real life situations. For example, if I am working with a client who is going to be visiting the library, I would work on that specific topic using Community Success by Attainment Company. I also like that many of these apps can be trialed before purchasing them.

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Please comment if you have any app recommendations of your own!

Rebecca Eisenberg, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist, author, instructor, and parent of two young children, who began her website www.gravitybread.com to create a resource for parents to help make mealtime an enriched learning experience. She discusses the benefits of reading to young children during mealtime, shares recipes with language tips and carryover activities, and reviews children’s books for typical children and those with special needs as well as educational apps. She has worked for many years with children and adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including schools, day habilitation programs, home care, and clinics. Contact her at becca@gravitybread.com or follow her on Facebook; on Twitter; or on Pinterest.


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Lora Backes February 12, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Thanks for these apps! I will share with my graduate students this week!
Lora Backes

Staci February 16, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Don’t forget about communication apps for those with speech/language difficulties. Alexicom’s “Elements Teen Home” gives a voice to teens that have complex communication needs.

Becca Eisenberg February 21, 2014 - 2:01 am

Yes! There are many communication apps available for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks for the comment!

Sarah Campbell February 19, 2014 - 8:03 pm

I would recommend an App for Dyspraxia called “Dexteria” that I’ve been using with a pre-teen client. I’ve been talking more about it here: http://vocalsaints.co.nz/dyspraxia/#treatment. It’s proving to be quite a popular little tool for fine motor skills 🙂

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