Affordable apps for autism on a smartphone or tablet can be used for therapy, communication or scheduling . It’s one way to get these necessary items done cheaper at home than with a professional . Using the technology we have available is one way we can recycle what we already own to use for something our child needs. Let’s discuss apps we know work as well as how to afford them.
- Proloquo is the app by which all other communication apps are compared. It’s uber expensive at almost $200. Not saying it’s not worth it’s price , just that’s a wad of cash. The best time to get it is during April when they discount it for Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd) to half price. For 2016 they are offering both Proloquo2Go and Proloquo4text at half off 4/2-4/4/16. Check your app store for details)
- Autism Apps is FREE! Yep, it’s an app that details all the apps designed for people with special needs. My favorite part is that it reviews them as well allowing you to get a glimpse into the app’s strengths and weaknesses.
- ChoiceWorks is a fantastic resource for visual schedules and timers. It allows your child to follow along with visualizations to what is happening. This enables transitions to go smoother. We all know children with autism think in pictures.
- Social Stories Creator and Library is FREE! An app for creating, sharing, and printing educational stories, visual schedules and other items. There are in app purchases so always know what you are clicking on.
- Autism iHelp is FREE! There are several versions with different categories. Developed by parents with the help of their speech pathologist, it helps work on expressive language skills which can be deficient in children with autism. It offers in app purchases as well.
- Autism Parenting Magazine lets you read the articles in an app on your phone. The app is free to download with the purchase most likely being the actual magazine. Great magazine. Highly recommend you subscribe.
- Sesame Street and Autism is a FREE app that has videos as well as articles for both children and parents to learn more about autism awareness. Who doesn’t love Sesame Street?
Let’s talk for a few minutes about how to afford apps that may be beneficial for your child. Most of the apps listed above are for iPhone, iPad or iPod. I’m not saying Android has bad apps. I know that the Apple ones are tested before approval. This makes it less likely that you are going to purchase an app that completely doesn’t work. The best time to buy an Apple product is either the back to school sales or Black Friday sales. Be bold in telling your family and friends that one would be beneficial for your child with autism.
How to afford the apps? iTunes gift cards. Ask for them for every major holiday. Target often has them on sale for 15% off then use your Redcard for an extra 5% off as well. Sam’s Club often has discounts on them as well. What I have often done is to set aside a few dollars or just a dollar every week to buy them when they are on sale. You could apply this same concept to the necessary item to save up while you wait for the best sale.
Point is that apps can be an integral part of your child’s autism action plan. You just need to be smart about when and how to purchase them. No app is worth going broke or going into debt. Apps are a tool to be used to make life with autism manageable. Be smart in how and when you purchase them.
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