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Learning at Home: Learning Challenges
Here we will provide websites, programs, activities, free printables, etc. that will help you in schooling from home and keeping kids engaged with an educational activity.
This is a place where teachers, parents, and students can share educational materials for deaf kids. The goal is to make it easier for families and teachers to support deaf children. The library is intended to be a community resource; our goal is to give credit to all of the many people who contribute time and materials to this website. We will not sell the data you contribute or use it for anything except teaching deaf children, and ask that you do the same. The data submitted here should be appropriate for children. The library materials should only be used for educational purposes, with attribution to the creator(s) and contributor. By entering you are indicating that you agree to these terms. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please send us an email at email@example.com.
ASL Connect is intended to be a central resource for learning ASL and about Deaf Studies online, with all content created by Deaf ASL-fluent scholars. We offer ways to learn some basic ASL online to get you started, and then we offer highly engaging and interactive ASL and Deaf Studies courses online.
Light Detector transforms any natural or artificial light source it encounters into sound. Light Detector is easy to use! Just run the application and point your iPhone camera in any direction. You will hear a higher or lower sound depending on the intensity of the light.
If you are blind, Light Detector helps you to be more independent in many daily activities. At home, point your iPhone towards the ceiling to understand where the light fixtures are and whether they are switched on. In a room, move the device along the wall to check if there is a window and where it is. You can find out whether the shades are drawn by moving the device up and down.
TapTapSee is designed to help the blind and visually impaired identify objects they encounter in their everyday lives.
Simply tap anywhere on the screen to take a picture. TapTapSee can photograph any two or three-dimensional object at any angle and speak the identification back to the user (Note: Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on).
A comprehensively featured calculator that has become a favorite among adults and primary schools around the world. Designed for a wide range of users, this calculator has large colorful buttons, optional high contrast, full VoiceOver support, and unique to this calculator; the option to use speech for answers, button names and formulas!
AccessNote is the official iOS notetaker from the American Foundation for the Blind.
AccessNote is the first notetaker for the iOS platform designed particularly for VoiceOver users looking for a highly efficient, feature-rich note taking experience. In addition to being a low cost alternative to traditional note takers, AccessNote will allow users to combine efficient note taking with the countless other features and functions of the iOS devices. This will allow blind and visually impaired people in classroom or business settings to use the same popular iOS devices that their sighted peers are using.
Visual Brailler is the simple braille editor. It’s a braille writer for your iPad (and iPhone), and it has a place in every braille transcriber’s toolbox. Use it for NLS certification exercises or to practice UEB. Show off your mastery of braille!
Braille Institute is proud to introduce ViA (Visually Impaired Apps), a fully accessible app for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. ViA has been designed to help identify apps that are useful for adults and children who are blind or have low vision, including those with additional disabilities. Users can easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the App Store and locate those that were built specifically for, or provide functionality to, the user with a visual impairment.
The Writing Machine is designed to start introducing your child to these pre-literacy concepts of print, text, reading and writing. The Writing Machine starts this process by introducing how one picture and one word go together. From this foundation, your child will begin to understand additional pre-literacy concepts including how to read text from left to right and to tell words from letters.
The #1 alphabet tracing app for toddlers & pre-schoolers. Recommended and used by parents, teachers, and occupational therapists. Loved & played by more than 2 million toddlers and used at more than 5.000 schools!
LetterSchool is an educational app designed to help every child play and learn how to write all letters of the English alphabet (from A to Z) and numbers from 1-10. Kids practice and develop essential phonics and handwriting skills as they play three exciting games per letter or number – as an extra, they learn words associated with the letters!
The possibilities are endless when children begin to understand the written word. Intro to Words guides your child so that they can learn to write, read and spell phonetically, and compose their own words and stories with original illustrations! Based on the proven methodology of Montessori.
PocketPhonics teaches kids letter sounds, first words and handwriting. It is used in hundreds of elementary schools and pre-schools, and tens of thousands of homes. It is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and independent research (see appsinmypocket.com/research) found children learnt nine times faster using PocketPhonics compared to a classroom lesson.
Word Magic is designed keeping preschooler and kindergarten kids in mind. It is very ideal for kids between the ages 3 to 6. It is an excellent application for kids to have fun with words and their spellings and learn them.
A picture is shown and the kids should select the missing letter for the picture. The picture for the word will be read out. There are three flavors. Based on the kids level, you can choose missing letter at the beginning or in the middle or in the last.
Poorani Doonan, founder of Speech with Milo, is a licensed speech-language pathologist based in San Ramon, California. Poorani recognized the versatility of the iPad and iPhone in speech therapy, and created a range of apps that provide both parents and speech pathologists with affordable interactive tools to help children enhance language building skills. Poorani recently joined the Special Education Team at a local school district and provides therapy for children Kindergarten-5th grade. She has presented to Apple on the benefits and applications of using the iPad for speech therapy.
Sound Literacy is an instructional tool for tutors and teachers.
For help on how to customize Sound Literacy to meet your needs be sure to visit our blog.
Sound Literacy is the first iPad app that brings your letter tiles in to the 21st Century. It is NOW being used in 19 countries across the globe and growing quickly! Spread the word and integrate Sound Literacy into your curriculum.
***Named one of the 12 Best Apps for Special Needs of 2012 by Teachers with Apps***
About the App
1) 6 games that each test a different learning ability
2) Email your results to those that need to know
3) Suggests how to make better use of your learning strengths
4) Explains what difficulties you will experience where you have a weakness
5) Three different paths up the mountain encourage you to replay games and improve your skills
6) Collect all 18 yetis
Dyseggxia was created for students with dyslexia. It includes a randomized series of exercises to practice recognizing and building words that are typically difficult for students with dyslexia to remember. Once purchased, the user can play in Spanish or in English.
Dr. Gary Brown's Autism/DTT Letters app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet (A-Z) and to learn the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters. The letters can be viewed in a simple sans-serif font, serif font, handwritten print font, a cursive font and with several other new card sets. The app also includes the letters in American Sign Language. This app has been tested extensively in Dr. Brown's clinic with children who have autism, ADHD, and other developmental disorders.
DTT is not a children's game. It is a therapy based on years of scientific research. DTT is the primary teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach numerous pre-academic and social skills to children with autism. This app can be used to help teach the letters of the alphabet to children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task.
This is Dr. Gary Brown’s Autism/DTT Shapes App. This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the basic shapes. DTT is the primary teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach numerous pre-academic and social skills to children with autism. This app can be used to help teach the basic shapes to children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task.
Children using this app will be able to learn the shapes in English, French, Norwegian or Spanish by taking a flash card like quiz. Other language packs will be added soon! (Note, the startup and config screens of the app are currently in English only.)
Help your child learn to read by using Sight Words by Teach Speech Apps. This simple flash card app makes it easy to practice sight words anywhere. Based on the Dolch Word list that is broken down into 6 groups:
Visual Instruction for Autism and Special Needs. Replace all of your flash cards with the 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals. More than 500,000 users in 104 countries! Create custom lessons using the starter library, or purchase any of 50 individual libraries with over 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals. Subscribe to the Brain Parade Community for access to thousands more lessons shared by your peers around the globe.
This is a sample version of Verbal Me, a basic AAC and choice board app designed by special needs teachers for their students. Non-verbal kids can tap a button and the iPad will speak the button text aloud in either a boy's or girl's voice. This limited version includes 14 screen choices: yes-no, A-B-C, 1-2-3-4-5, Happy-Mad-Sad-Calm, Day-Night, bullying, weather, colors, fruits, letter sounds.
Buttons contain text and/or picture so non-reading students can participate.
Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.
Autism iHelp - WH?'s consists of questions paired with appropriate real world picture responses.
This app includes several photos and questions chosen based on established expressive language milestones.
Autism iHelp - WH?'s address a very specific area of higher level language need in the Autism population. Through routine learning, children learn labeling of concepts. WH ?'s require incorporating more abstract thought and generalization in regard to the learned concepts. Children with Autism often have difficulty with this particular skill, and Autism iHelp - WH?'s apps are an excellent way to target a vital educational benchmark in a mobile capacity.