AGOSCI 2013: Appetiser – connecting you to a smorgasbord of apps

magnifying-glassWe’ve all been under rising pressure to embrace mobile technologies, such as the iPad or Android tablets, as part of our toolkit to support students, clients and family members. There’s no doubt that these technologies are very exciting but the rapid rate at which this landscape changes can also be a little daunting!

For the iPad, there are well over 775,000 apps to choose from and this number is constantly increasing! More and more apps and accessories are being developed every day to support children and adults with autism, intellectual and physical disabilities. There are apps for communication, social skill development, displaying visual schedules and provide positive behavior support. Is your head already spinning?!?! You are not alone!

The BIG question is: How do you connect the individual’s needs with the right tool?

Let’s explore some of key apps that you might consider as part of your toolkit and, perhaps more importantly, equip you with the resources to evaluate them and stay up to date with the ever-expanding world of apps.

Starting out

When you’re starting out with the iPad there are many in built features you can use to support individuals and implement apps into classrooms, therapy, the home and the wider community. Here are some links to get you started:

Assessment tools

Technology is just one of the tools available to teachers and therapists to ensure a learning rich and engaging environment for all. These links provide you with assessment considerations and tips to help you in selecting the right tool(s) for an individual.

Appetising Apps

It’s always a struggle to select just a few top apps for your toolkit but we have a few that are so versatile and flexible we had to share them


Take your learning further

question facesKeeping up with the range of apps available can be difficult. Which ones do you choose? These links will help you find apps and find out more about them.

App Lists


Video demonstrations

Discover new apps via an app:


Websites to find apps:

Social Media

Feast on this smorgasbord of apps to whet your app-etite

In no particular order, our team put together some of the apps they love to use:

You can view the slides from the presentation here.

If you have questions about any information presented here, we’d love to hear from you!

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene has been a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

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