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Apps for Early Learning

Apps for iOS devices and Androids for young children with visual impairments, CVI, deafblindness, and multiple disabilities

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Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you get started.  The apps here help young children to develop basic cognitive skills, such as cause & effect and matching. They also help to reinforce eye-hand coordination, vocalization, and response to sensory input. These apps have been used specifically with young children especially those with additional needs, or have been chosen because the visual component is very clear and/or the auditory/sound aspects are of high quality and clear.  Many of these apps are particulary appropriate for children with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment).
 

Assessment

As you use the iPad more, the assessment of the child’s visual and/or auditory abilities become easier.  We recommend that you begin with an assessment of the child, using these tools:  

For more information, see:  iPad, iPod, iPhone – iTechnology and apps that have been used successfully with individuals with deafblindness or with visual impairments and additional disabilities

 

Early Learning Apps 

The apps have been organized into the following categories.  Use this list to jump to each section, or scroll through the whole list.

 

Cause & Effect

Shapes Toddler Preschool App IconShapes Toddler Preschool

Colorful quizzes, flashcards, puzzles and games with positive reinforcement and fun rewards.

touch trainer app iconTouch Trainer

Great “first app” that teachers single finger fine motor skills as well as cause and effect while teaching about touch screen technology.

peekaboo hd app iconPeekaboo HD

Toddler app containing both visual, verbal, and auditory cue cards to learn animal names in multiple languages.

tap-n-see zoo app iconTap-n-See Now

First app for iPad and iPhone created specifically for children with CVI. Animals float around, tap them and it will make the animals come towards the screen.

peekaboo barn hd app iconPeekaBoo Barn HD

Tap the barn doors to see what animals are waiting inside. Childred learn the names of animals and hear the sounds they make.

toddler flashcard app iconsToddler Flashcards

Virtual flashcards for children 1-4 years of age in 9 different languages.

a bee sees app iconA Bee Sees

Happy, balloon popping bee helps children learn letters, numbers, and colors.

alphababy free app iconAlphaBaby Free

Kids can touch the screen to show and hear letters and shapes, flick them to send them flying across the screen, and press them and the letters shrink and grow.

balloonimals app iconBalloonimals

Balloonimals spring to life when you blow into the microphone on iPhone to inflate, shake device to construct a shape.

random touch Random Touch

Designed for babies and people with some forms of autism and special needs. Press the screen using as many fingers as you like to create a random object and hear a random sound.

animal fun app iconAnimal Fun

Children learn about animals by seeing and hearing the sounds an animal makes.

 

Matching

what goes together app iconWhat Goes Together?

Clear, colorful images of everyday objects promote an understanding of functions and the relationships between items that children encounter on a daily basis.

zoola match appZoola Card Match

Just touch the squares and find the matching pairs of images to improve concentration and memory.

music color lite app iconMusic Color Lite

Children learn about colors and listen to classical music at the same time.

little matchups app iconLittle Matchups

A fun matching game for children to learn about animals, fruits, vegetables and more.

preschool memory match iconPreschool Memory Match

Classic game of concentration specifically designed to be fun and educational.

color slapps app iconColor SlapPs

Designed to help children learn to identify the names twelve different colors.

agnitus app iconTopIQ Kids Learning Games for Preschool and Kindergarten by Agnitus

Fun learning games for 2 years and up.

memory app iconMemory!

Memory matches game with many different colorful and vivid pair cards.

 

Sounds

I Hear Ewe app iconI Hear Ewe

When user taps on an animal or vehicle icon, the game will verbally announce what type of animal or vehicle it is and play a recording of its real sound. 

sound touch lite appSound Touch Lite

Tap a picture (animals, wild animals, wild birds, vehicles, musical-instruments and household items) and a real life photo of the item pops open, accompanied by the sound it makes.

baby rattle app iconbaby rattle bab bab lite

Conventional rattle as an iOS app, producing soothing sounds when tilted, inverted and rattled.

sound effects app iconSound Effects!

Sound effects to play on iOS app.

tap tap baby app iconTap Tap Baby

Child taps the screen to play one of three games in this app.

 

Glow Art

These apps may be particularly popular with kids with CVI.

glow draw! app iconGlow Draw!

Draw on a blank black canvas or on customized background with glowing lines.

art of glow app iconArt of Glow

Glow / light paintings, twinkle stars, fireworks and animated text art in one app.

i love fireworks appiLoveFireworks

Tap the screen and “fireworks” with sound display.

tic tac toe glow app iconTic Tac Toe Glow FREE

The original tic-tac-toe game played on a black screen with glowing lights and displays.

uzo app iconUzo – A Generative Design Playgound

Light spirographs on the iOS device in reaction to the screen being tapped.

fun fireworks - free app iconFun Fireworks – Free!

Tap the iOS screen and watch as fireworks burst into an explosion of color.

fluidity app iconfluidity HD

Fluid dynamics simulation, control fluid flow and stunning colours at fingertips.

forge of neon 3D app iconForge of Neon 3D

Bring glow painting to a whole new level with three-dimensional symmetries.

cosmic top app iconCosmic Top

An iOS app toy, a 3D audiovisual physics simulation of a spinning, wobbling, and sometimes morphing top.

real fireworks app iconReal Fireworks Artwork Visualizer

The most realistic fireworks app and an interactive visualizer that responds smoothly and beautifully to swipe gesture.

light box app iconCause and Effect Sensory Light Box

Designed for teenagers with autism, complex learning needs and a variety of sensory disabilities. It provides 21 engaging, abstract scenes which encourage exploration of cause and effect.

heat pad lite app iconHeat Pad Lite

This app simulates various heat-sensitive surfaces reacting to the heat of fingertips.

glow paint app iconGlow Paint

Painting app using glowing colors.

sensory imeba app iconSensory iMeba

Visual stimulating app for people with special/complex needs of ALL ages.

 

Bubbles

bubble shooter appBubble Shooter Free

Shoot the bubble where you want it to go by tapping on the game board.

bubble blast 2 ! app iconBubble Blast 2 !

Burst bubbles to trigger a chain reaction in order to eliminate them in this puzzle game.

pop pop bubble app iconPop Pop Bubble

Pop as many bubbles as possible in 40 seconds.

fun bubbles app iconFun Bubbles

Develop fine motor skills with full multi-touch support and custom backgrounds.

 

Spelling and Printing

little speller app iconLittle Speller

Help students learn to read, write, and spell words all with just the touch of their finger.

alphabet zoo app iconAlphabet Zoo

Teach letter-sound association with this iOS app.

sight words app iconSight Words: Kids Learn

This app combines fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension practice with entertaining, engaging graphics in a disguised-learning format.

spin spell app iconSpin Spell

3D mobile game that motivates children to learn to spell while having fun and improving their hand/eye coordination.

abc's writerABC’s Writer

Trace the alphabet with fingers on screen.

touch and learn ABC alphabet and 123 numbers app iconTouch and Learn – ABC Alphabet 123 Numbers

Powerful gaming platform that introduces new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. 

abc 123ABC 123 Reading Writing Practice

Show students how to properly write all of the letters and numbers. 

alphabet hd iconABC – Magnetic Alphabet HD

Teach students uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, shapes, special letters.

The abc song app iconThe ABC Song

This application provides a place to learn basic concepts such and numbers, colors and more in an enjoyable and rich environment.

first word sampler app iconFirst Words Sampler

Teach children about letters, how letters relate to sounds, and even how to spell words with this simple interactive app.

 

Talking

talking tom app iconTalking Tom Cat

Talk to Tom and he will repeat anything that is said in his funny voice.

talking tom 2 app iconTalking Tom Cat 2

Original updated to be even more engaging and hilarious for users.

talking tom & ben news app iconTalking Tom & Ben News

Talk to Tom & Ben and they repeat as news anchors on a TV screen.

bla bla bla app iconBla | Bla | Bla

Speech therapy app on iOS.

talking pierre app iconTalking Pierre

He repeats after the user and makes up new sentences and he plays the guitar!

 

Music for Children

xylophone app iconEasy Xylophone

Play music on this realistic-sounding xylophone app.

baby's musical hands app iconBaby’s Musical Hands

An app safe for children to use on their own while they play with musical buttons and sounds.

music sparkles app iconMusic Sparkles

This app brings a world of music to the fingertips, from piano, xylophone to electric guitar.

pianoball app iconPianoBall

This app encourages children to explore music and color in a creative way. Once the instrument is chosen, the stars will guide the user to play a tune.

soundhound app iconSoundHound

This app listens to a song and identifies the name, artist, lyrics and album.

piano free with songs app iconPiano Free with Songs

Key piano with multitouch, adjustable reverb, metronome, dual row, completely resizable keys, real piano sound, chord support, glissando, sizable sharps, navigation bar, note labels, theme colors, sustain pedal, adjustable metronome, learn to play songs, and it’s all FREE!

bagpipes royale app iconBagpipes Royale

This app includes four authentic sounding sets of Scottish and Swedish bagpipes.

harmonizer app iconHarmonizer

Play Shepard tones to an infant to teach them pitch identities and help them develop perfect pitch. Study chord relationships.

shazam app iconShazam

Identify music with this app.

 

Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems. This page was last checked on 3/4/2022.


To see more of Linda Mamer’s lists of recommended apps for students who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or who have multiple disabilities click here.


 

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