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200+ Android apps for ASD and Special Needs


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The list of Android apps for ASD and Special Needs has now over 200 apps. Therefore, I have redone the list, dividing it into 16 categories.

Times when there were nearly no apps for Android are gone. There are still more apps for iPad/iPhone, but anyway you can find a broad range of apps for Android.

-Francesc Sistach

 

REVIEW: Communicate Easy

For the creators of Communicate Easy, communication based on single images does not necessarily mean a simple app. They have included many options, settings and utilities to create a powerful but very affordable app that deserves to be taken seriously.

Review: VisTimer


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VisTimer is a useful app that allows you to do something simple but very important for children with ASD: to measure something as abstract as the time. It is common that such children have a deficit in executive functions, such as organizing, so a tool that helps them to control the time spent on an activity can be very useful. VisTimer can help them with this in a very visual way, and is also highly customizable in terms of colors, sounds and texts. If you think you can help, I recommend you continue reading this review, where I will try to show you both some of its features and setting options VisTimer with some images.

The way VisTimer has chosen to represent the passage of time is a sphere, which decreases in size as time goes on. The result is very visual and understandable. When the app starts, the entire sphere appears, showing on the bottom the bar that allows to start the counting down.

Once started, the same bar allows you to pause and, just below, indicates the remaining time.

VisTimer settings allow you to customize many aspects, such as the sound played when the clock runs out, to activate and configure a pre-alert that produce a ‘beep’ 1 minute before the end and to choose the color of the sphere or the color of the text, among others.

The pre-alert is very interesting for people with ASD. It allows you to anticipate the end of time not only with a customizable sound but also with a text that appears on the sphere.

VisTimer also lets you to set the tone that sounds each time out. Although you cannot add your own tone, it does have enough variety to find one suited to our purpose.

As I said before, the color of the dial is also customizable. Although it seems a detail without importance, sometimes these small details make the difference between a tool that work with a child or is inoperable.

Depending on the capabilities of each case, it may be useful to show the numerical value of the remaining time. As shown in the picture, the numbers are large and clear, while respecting the image of the area as a visual aid.

You can also define the color of the text. Often, for these things, it is interesting to choose the preferred colors of the child, so that using this tool becomes more attractive.

Finally, when the time ends, besides playing the sound, VisTimer displays a text on the screen indicating the end of the defined time.

From my point of view, VisTimer is a tool that can be useful for organization and better time management during activities, primarily for children with ASD. In any case, it can also be useful for other children with special educational needs. There is also a Free version with less settings, but that allows you to assess whether the app is really useful for you.

-Iván

VisTimer
VisTimer - Mindfultools

Company: Mindfultools
Languages: English
Functions: Visual timer; time management and organization aid.
Versions: Universal version for iPhone/iPad; Free version.
Price: $1.99 / €1.59