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4 Must Have Educational Apps For Special Needs Kids

We have compiled a list of apps for dyslexic learners, apps for autistic learners, apps for the visually impaired and apps for learners with writing difficulties.

We found this visual and thought it would be perfect for teachers to use for students with a special needs student.


1) Dyslexia Quest

In this app, the strategy is to climb the mountain and play the yeti games. Each game will test memory and learning skills. The Yeti Master will explain signs of dyslexia.

“My 9 year old son loves this app” says one app user.

2) Autism iHelp

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.

3) Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

“This app has changed my life.” says one app reviewer.

4) iWrite Words

iWriteWords teaches your child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.

“The Best iPhone Apps for Kids” says the NY Times.

We hope these apps help you with your special needs students or children. If you have any other education apps, please let us know.




NYC Pre-Kindergarten Program Funds Being Misused by Contractors

New York City obviously thinks that providing special education for pre-kindergarten students is very important, since the city just agreed to pay private contractors $1 billion to teach the kiddos. This amount is almost twice as much as they paid in 2006.

Around 25,000 students will benefit from this program. All of these students suffer from various developmental, learning, physical, or other disabilities. Although the number of students who benefit from these pre-k special education programs have been slowly increasing, the costs per child have been increasing more rapidly. The average cost per child is now about $40,000 each year. However, the expenses for some students can be as high as $200,000.

Where is the money going? The city pays private contractors to offer classes at day care centers, nursery schools, and even in the students’ homes. The classes consist of physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions that last 30-minutes.

Although this is obviously an important and valuable resource for pre-kindergarten students, education and budget officials are not thrilled with the cost of these programs. Read the rest of this entry »


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