Apps for IPad

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Registered: 12-07-2012
Apps for IPad
Thu, 01-03-2013 - 12:31pm

Hi, everyone.  My DD has Down syndrome. She is 15.  We homeschool. She loves to read.  She reads at about a 6th grade level.  She is at different grade levels for different subjects. Her most challenging subject is math, because it's mostly analytical and logic.  She also loves to write, though we are working on paragraph structure and story writing this year.  

All this to ask if anyone can recommend any apps.  We have found a few, but wonder if there are any that you love and would recommend.  We would love to have some for sentence/paragraph structure.  She is realistically at about a 3rd grade level.

Some that we have found are SpellingCity, Word Search, Pizza 1, Kidioms, ABC Cursive, Zoom, MathBoard, Read On Sight, Tell Time, Doodle Dandy.

I look forward to hearing from y'all on this!  Thank you.  :)

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 2:13pm
Thanks for the great links, mskavlem! It's amazing how many options are out there, and that kids with special needs haven't been forgotten about.

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Sun, 01-06-2013 - 4:37pm

I don't think you'll find many mama's on here with older kids with Down syndrome.  I'm going to share a few links that might help you (and CM-Melissa if you want to remove this if it is a vio, feel free):

There is another great list - I'll try to dig it up and post it!

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Registered: 12-07-2007
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 10:31pm
Ok, I have tried to reply twice today, and something is not liking me! :o) I am never going to remember what I typed earlier, so let me just summarize.... Thanks for coming by and commenting, first! Love to see new names and friends! I'm not an *i* anything girl, no iphone or ipad or even ipod. So I'm not much help with apps. We have a Nabi tablet for the girls, but it uses Android apps, as do our phones, and my girls are much younger, so I don't know that those would be helpful. :o) I will say that I have a good friend with a daughter with DS who gives presentations on apps for the ipad and how they incorporate it into daily living. They're doing one for our local DS group next week. I'd be happy to connect you to her... she loves to talk and share about apps. :o) But let me also add that I'd love to hear more about your experience with homeschooling... anything about your daughter that you'd like to share. I'm very interested lately in teens with DS, especially those who have had homeschooling experiences. My daughter is 6, goes to private school which we LOVE, but we're toying with many options for next year... Feel free to PM with info or your email if you'd like me to connect you with the friend who knows ipads. :o)

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 3:37pm

McGraw Hill (the textbook company) has several apps that might be good for your daughter. If you search in iTunes they should come up for you, they have some fun math ones.

Since your daughter loves to read, have you checked if your local library offers books online?  My library uses the app Overdrive and I love it!  You can request books that you want to read if they aren't available, and it will email you when it you can download it.