If you have a child with sensory processing disorder you understand many of the challenges, but you aren’t always sure how to help in the most effective ways. Luckily, there are more and more resources available to help.
As science and education continue to intersect and provide more tools to diagnose and treat special needs children, technology is striving to keep pace with tons of helpful and educational apps for kids. These Apps For Sensory Processing Disorder are helpful for therapists and caregivers and offer the opportunity to practice skills and techniques in different environments.
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Being able to use technology while traveling, in a classroom, home, or therapeutic environment can be of great benefit for families with special needs members. Although these apps do not replace a treatment plan from a professional, they can supplement and enhance one.
Some of these apps for kids with sensory processing disorder are available for Android operating systems, but a majority of apps for special needs and learning disabilities exist on the Apple/iOS system. So, it may be a wise to invest in an iPad as part of your child’s education.
Apps for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
See.Touch.Learn- This highly regarded, award winning app uses picture cards to help teach words and foster self expression. Combining traditional flash cards with the usability of a tablet engages learners and tracks progress between school, therapy, and home. FREE on iTunes
Talking Tom Cat 2- Tom the cat responds to touch and sound as well as repeats what a child says. Kids can “dress” Tom, interact with him, and play educational games making this app great for expressive language use and sensory issues. FREE on iTunes
Fluidity HD- Great for those needing self regulating activities, this visual and interactive app allows you to change colors, viscosity, and momentum with the touch of your fingers. Think of it as a soothing, calming lava lamp but contained on your iPad or smartphone. FREE on iTunes
Sensory Processing Therapy- Designed to help families manage the care and therapy for a loved one with SPD, this app allows caregivers to track OT suggested routines and schedules, manage calm down routines, and receive activity reminders to help children throughout the day. FREE on iTunes
The Storybuilder App- Perfect for those needing to build auditory processing by reciting sentences from a story and then allowing the player to repeat and record them. $7.99 on iTunes
Pocket Pond- This relaxing app allows you to touch the screen and create ripples throughout the water, feed the koi by double tapping & enjoy a nature soundscape. FREE on iTunes and Android
Falling Stars- Providing interesting visual and sound effects, that the user controls, there is a bit of critical thinking required to determine what looks/sounds best. FREE on iTunes
Brain Works- Developed by an OT, the app is loaded with over 130 sensory activities. This app takes the guesswork out of what will be of greatest benefit to those with SPD and provides structured suggestions for providing needed sensory breaks. Great for therapy, home, or classroom use. $8.99 on iTunes
Heat Pad- Doodle away to relieve anxiety, stress and overstimulation as the screen reacts to the pressure of your fingertips.Features relaxing background music as well FREE on iTunes
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Do you use any apps for a child with a Sensory Processing Disorder?