With the growing advancement in technology today, helping people with special needs does not end with the consultation and therapy sessions.
Now, a lot of applications are available to help them in the simplest ways possible. For instance, Cadan Assistive Technologies offers video products and touch accessible platform interactive technology.
Here also are four applications you can easily download form the Play Store (and one from the App Store).
JABtalk is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device designed basically for children who have special needs, but in time, became also useful for anyone who is having a hard time to speak, like patients who just had a stroke. It has an average rating of 4 stars from 187 users.
This application, dubbed as the “Best Parenting App” in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by BestAppEver.com, is for children with or without special needs alike. iRewardChart will motivate your children to do the pre-listed chores in the app to get rewards which the app suggests, or you can make a list of your own. So far, 395 users have given this app 3.5 stars.
The first application on Android designed for people with autism to help them know and express their emotions. StudioEmotion, the developer of this application, released AutismXpress Pro featuring more games to help people who deal with autism. A total of 222 ratings gave this app a 3.5 star rating.
This is one pricey AAC device but it is one of the cheapest among the “dedicated” AAC devices. It has an updated list of symbols and characters to assist in communication. It also emits spoken words and contains at least 7,000 words in its vocabulary which can grow more through updates. The leading AAC device scored 4.5 stars from 287 user ratings.
A lot of technologies for special needs are to help patients and their families deal with their conditions. However, these are just aids and should not replace whatever therapy they should be having. Above all else, a family’s love and affection is the best support for a person with special needs.