Some Notable Tools and Apps for Special Needs Students

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May 16, 2014
One field that education technology has made a significant impact is students with special needs. Technology offers these individuals with many opportunities for communication and interaction. Here is a set of notable tools in this field.

A popular and full-featured Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) iOS app to help those who have difficulty speaking.

An iOS app with speech therapy exercises to help people with autism practice rate, rhythm, stress, and loudness of speech.

Designed with Applied Behavior Analysis techniques, this iOS app helps individuals with autism learn how to calm themselves down.


Developed by psychologists, this iOS app helps improve social skills. Designed especially for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome.

This AAC website and Google Chromebook app allows you to create, edit, play, and share communication boards on Google Drive.

Want more? Check out these collections of tools.

Special Education 
This collection is curated by high school district librarian Shonda Brisco.

This one is curated by the Louisiana Assistive Technology Centers.