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Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel

Associate Professor

Dept. of Special Education

Eastern Illinois University

Presented by:

Melissa Jones-Bromenshenkel

[email protected]

Associate Professor

Dept. of Special Education

Eastern Illinois University

There’s An App

(or Tool)

for That

Reasons ipads tools work
Reasons IPADs/Tools “Work”

  • Predictable

  • Consistent Pacing

  • Allow Control

  • Visualization of Tasks

  • Encourage Communication

  • Sensory Issues Addressed

  • Motivating

  • “Cool”/”Normal”

  • Allow Tracking

Some characteristics of a great app or tool
Some Characteristics of a GREAT App or Tool

  • Kid-first

  • Simplicity

  • Options

  • Customization

  • Flexible Content Management

  • Visually Appealing


  • Cost

  • Fragile

  • Must Teach Use

  • Practice

  • Realize technology is NOT magic

  • Individualize

To help our students with ebd
To Help Our Students with EBD

  • Social Skill Development

  • Executive Functioning

  • Behavior Management

  • Data Collection

Social skills

Social Skills

Set of skills people use to interact and communicate with one another


  • For iphone

  • For teens, tweens, and young adults

  • 5Rs: Relate, Relax, Reason, Regulate, Recognize

  • Intended to be used in everyday interactions

  • $39.99 but Lite version is available as are individual components (e.g. The Shredder, Voice Meter, Relax) at a reduced cost


Social navigator
Social Navigator

  • For iphone

  • Used as teaching tool or behavior management device; can capture data

  • Customizable for each situation by asking four simple questions and then tailoring strategies

  • Targeted for children and teens

  • $49.99


The social express
The Social Express

  • Software and ipad app

  • Designed for children and young adults

  • High quality animation

  • Teaching tool/printables accompany

  • Many settings/choice options

  • Based on work of Michelle Garcia Winner

  • $49.99 but free 10-day trial; Digital Problem Solver $.99


Social quest
Social Quest

  • For ipad

  • Designed for tweens and teens

  • Uses Story-Based Intervention which is an EBP (National Autism Center, 2011)

  • Has receptive and expressive activities

  • Reinforcement through rewards

  • Keeps data for records

  • $21.99


Between the lines
Between the Lines

  • For iphone and ipad

  • All ages

  • 3 apps in the series: 1,2, advanced

    • Listening– match voice tone with facial expression

    • Body Language & Perspective Taking– what is he thinking

    • Expressions (slang and idioms)– what does it mean

  • $.99- $15.99 Lite versions available; full versions have many more tasks and can accommodate 75 users; have more reward games


Quick cues
Quick Cues

  • For ipad and iphone

  • Social scripts (in mobile form) for teens and young adults

  • 5 Modules: Communication, Life Skills, Socialization, Coping, On the Job

  • Text-based—no “bells and whistles”/no visuals

  • $4.99 per module (only for purchase in-app)


  • Script Lists--

Social skill builder
Social Skill Builder

  • For iphone and ipad

  • Wider age range (settings include: Preschool, Elementary, Middle/High School, and the Community

  • Uses video-modeling followed by questions

  • Addresses: friendship, understanding emotions, problem-solving, critical thinking, and perspective taking

  • $14.99 for complete version; lite version $2.99


My life skills box
My Life Skills Box

  • For iphone and ipad

  • Teaching app for task analysis

  • 3Environments: Everyday life skills, social skills, playing

  • Free

  • “Boring”


Executive functioning

Executive Functioning

The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.


  • For Setting Reminders

  • Uses Pop-ups

  • Simple

  • Can send to email


  • App and computer based (11 platforms)

  • Task manager

  • Has filtering and color-coding

  • Can integrate with text

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  • App and Timer Combined

  • Very visual

  • Gesture-based


  • Combination of Reminders, Notes, Info Sharing

  • Notebooks that can be reorganized

  • Allows Audio, Typed, Video, Pictures

  • Free


  • Part of the Evernote family

  • Allows handwritten notes

  • Able to synch and search

Combines note-taking and recording

Available as software and apps

Can use Powerpoint slides as background

Insert pictures, drawings, etc.

Highlight important information



  • Brainstorming

  • Collaboration

  • Presentation

  • Paper planning and organizing

  • App and software (Apple or Google)

  • Variety of pricing plans

  • Very visual

  • Online templates

Tools 4 students tools 4 students 2
Tools 4 Students &Tools 4 Students 2

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Focused on Understanding what one reads

  • $.99 each

Behavior management

Behavior Management

Set of actions (or inactions) that can help enhance a person’s or group’s behavior


  • Allows a teacher to track multiple students

  • Goal-setting

  • Pictures are used as puzzle pieces

  • Children earn one at a time

  • $1.99


  • VisTimer $1.99

  • Time Timer $2.99-$4.99

  • Stoplight Clock $1.99

  • Kiddie Countdown Timer $. 99

  • Homework Stopwatch $.99

  • Sharing Timer $7.99


  • Uses a token system to reinforce

  • Can be applied to multiple users

  • Includes first-then two step reward

  • Many customizable features

  • $4.99

Class dojo
Class Dojo

  • Can be used on computer, smart board, ipad, etc.

  • Whole Group Management/Rewards

  • Real-time Reinforcement

  • Customizable

  • Report Generation

  • Tons of “Extras”– certificates, images, etc.

  • Free

Data collection

Data Collection

The act of collecting and processing data for the purpose of objective decision making

Tx therapy tools
Tx (Therapy) Tools

  • Frequency Counter

  • Percentage Calculator

  • IEP Scheduler

  • Chronological Age Finder

  • Free

Behavior tracker pro
Behavior Tracker Pro

  • Data gathering tool– various techniques

  • Can graph (with phase lines

  • Allows Sharing

  • Video

  • Multiple Observers/Multiple Students

  • $29.99

Reference tools
Reference Tools

  • Ideas for dealing with different types of “problem” behavior

  • To-do’s and Don’ts

  • $1.99

Checklist for apps vincent
Checklist for Apps (Vincent)

  • Use of app is relevant to the purpose and student needs

  • Help or tutorial is available in the app

  • Content is appropriate for the student

  • Information is error-free, factual, and reliable

  • Content can be exported, copied, or printed

  • App’s settings and/or content can be customized

  • Customized content can be transferred to other devices

  • History is kept of student use of the app

  • Design of app is functional and visually stimulating

  • Student can exit app at any time without losing progress

  • Works with accessibility options like VoiceOver and Speak Selection

Checklist continued
Checklist Continued

  • App is free of charge or inexpensive

  • No in-app purchases are necessary for intended use of app

  • App loads quickly and does not crash

  • App contains no advertising

  • App has been updated in the last 6 months

  • App promotes creativity and imagination

  • App provides opportunities to use higher order thinking skills

  • App promotes collaboration and idea sharing

  • App provides useful feedback