Accessibility Apps


Entries into each section on this wiki will be structured so that this basic information is available. We will include the TITLE of the application, with a link to the broad description and rating on iTunes. The ICON is simply a screen shot of what will show up on the device. WHO describes the student you have used this particular app with. WHERE indicates whether the app was used at home, school, or in therapy. HOW describes the manner in which you used it. This is also the place to elaborate on other ideas for application. WHY/WHY NOT provides the contributer an opportunity to indicate the value of the app, whether they would use it again, and rationale for the opinion. We invite anyone else who has used the app to comment on anything about it... different whos, hows and whys....



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Who: It was used with students with the following diagnosis: CP, seizure disorder, CVI, severe/profound deafness. Many of the students had very limited motor movements.
Where: We used this multiple times during 1:1 therapy sessions with students in elementary school and Jr High.
How: The app comes with built in music but you can also use your own. For our older students, they enjoyed more modern/hip music. When the screen is touched, various dancers start dancing while the music plays. The length of time can be adjusted; we usually used 10 seconds. Most of the students loved this app. They would watch the dancers and even move to the music. When it stopped, they would reach out and attempt to turn it back on (touching anywhere on the screen turns it back on). Even the smallest movements can be used to activate the dance scene. This app can also be used with a wireless switch. We were able to work on a myriad of IEP goals: visual attention, lifting head to look at screen, motor access. We even had a student use her AAC device to request more, and we would activate the music for her.

Submitted by: Anthon McLaws (OT) and Shelly Schmachtenberger (OTS)
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When I got this app it was free, which was totally worth it. It now costs $29.99. I'm not sure if I would spend that much now. It's a really nice way for a person to play their own songs. However, the length of play is adjusted in seconds, so if a person wants to listen to an entire album, you will spend an excessive amount of time tapping the screen to increase the time.
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$29.99
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Who: It was used with students with the following diagnosis: CP, seizure disorder, CVI, intellectual disability. Some of the students had very limited motor movements.
Where: We used this during 1:1 therapy sessions with students in elementary school and jr. high.
How: The app comes with built in sound affects when touched (ie. piano, drums, bells). When the screen is touched, various tiles of colored shapes and patterns will show with different sound effects that change pitch. When you lift your finger the tiles will fade. This app teaches basic touch and drag skills. The longer you touch the screen the more sounds you will hear. Even the smallest movements can be used to activate the shapes and patterns on screen; it worked really well for our students with very limited hand movement. We were able to work on some IEP goals: visual attention, lifting head to look at screen, motor access.

Submitted by: Anthon McLaws (OT) and Shelly Schmachtenberger (OTS)
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I wish this app did more for the price. This app has great visual and auditory stimuli and is perfect for various access goals and cause and effect learning.
$2.99