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Apps for Students With LD: Having Fun

Apps for Students - LD Having FunLife is not just about school, but sometimes having fun can be hard when it is connected with reading and math. These are a few apps that can help to minimize or remove the stuff that poses barriers to fun for the person with LD. We’ve looked at each of these tools and games, and we think you’ll enjoy them, too. So relax and have fun!



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Draw Something

This app is a turn-based social drawing and guessing game, in which players attempt to guess what the other has drawn to receive points.

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Draw

Draw and capture hand-drawn image notes with Draw, which also offers built-in games such as hangman and word searches.

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SketchBook Mobile

This app is a high-quality digital sketchbook with numerous options, allowing users to create detailed pictures or quick doodles.

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Inspire

InspirePro is a painting and drawing app that provides users with a wet oil canvas where they can blend colors to make a realistic painting.

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Swirlicity

This physics-based particle-drawing app is visually stimulating, dynamic and allows users to manipulate particles.

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Animation Creator HD

This easy-to-use animation software provides users with a wide variety of tools to realize their creative vision.

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PhotoWizard

Photowizard is a picture editor, featuring over 100 effects and filters, enabling users to enhance and decorate photos.

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Color Splash

This easy-to-use creative app converts photos into black and white, leaving some parts in color to achieve a dramatic effect.

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TuneWiki Lyrics

This Android- and iPhone-friendly app allows users to listen to their music while watching scrolling lyrics. It’s a great way to improve reading and fluency skills.

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SoundHound

Students can quickly identify songs, read the lyrics (and improve reading and fluency skills, while they’re at it) and learn about the artist on SoundHound.

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Nota

Nota allows beginners and advanced users to practice with a virtual piano and enhance their knowledge of musical notation.

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GarageBand

This extremely popular app allows users to create music that’s not possible to play on real instruments. It’s a must for the musically oriented.

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Virtuoso Piano

Virtuoso is a virtual piano app that allows users to practice and play the piano anytime and anywhere.

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Melody Ear Training

This app is a fun and simple way to develop a better musical ear.

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forScore

Store thousands of pages’ worth of sheet music on your iPad with forScore.

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Book Creator

You and/or your child can create eye-popping, professional iBooks with the help of Book Creator.

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Pictello

You don’t need reading skills to create talking photo albums and books with Pictello’s easy-to-use, visual story-building features.

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StoryKit

Create an electronic storybook with easy-to-use StoryKit.

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Storyrobe

This app is great for self-expression. Use photos and videos to create your own story, and then import it into iPhoto.

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Toontastic

A storytelling and creative learning tool, this app helps children create fun and imaginative cartoon stories.

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Words with Friends HD

Kids and adults can test their word savvy against friends and flex their brain muscles with this Scrabble-esque game.

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Boggle

Boggle is a classic word game in which players roll lettered dice and use adjacent letters to form words. It improves problem-solving and language-usage skills.

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Memory Matches

Do you remember what’s under that card? Test and improve memory with Memory Matches.

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N‐back Suite

N-back Suite challenges users to determine the n’th stimulus in a series of stimuli (letters, images, sounds)—great to improve memory and refine scientific thinking.

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MemoryBlock

This Simon Says-style memory game creates a sequence for players to mimic and memorize.

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Sudoku

This extremely popular game of numbers enhances problem-solving and math skills.


Note: These apps were tested on Apple products like the iPhone and iPad in December 2012. New editions may change the nature of an app, making it more or less LD-friendly. “New” may not mean “better” for you. Also, our recommendations don’t include complimentary apps that require you to buy a full version of a program.


 

Darla Hatton and Kaila, her teenage daughter (who has dyslexia) have been active members of the larger LD community for years, including giving presentations at the Family Cafe's Annual Conference in Florida. They’re committed to sharing information and supporting the success of individuals with learning disabilities.

 


 

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