We are hearing amazing things from parents about Apple’s iPad. For girls with retained hand function this can be used as an amazing tool for communicating, educating and entertainment.

It is an excellent tool to train and prepare users for more sophisticated communication device via this easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform. The possibilities are as much as your creativity can go.

Parents of girls with little to no hand function still say the iPad and many of the apps provide endless entertainment for their girls. Definitely worth checking out or putting on that wish list we all have. The iPad and Apple have apps that play music, movies, read books and much more.
Suggested iPad APPS for girls with Rett Syndrome:

Easy: Requiring just a touch anywhere on the screen to activate

Pocket Fish Pond – FREE
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BUBBLES – $1.99
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I Love Fireworks – FREE Lite version or Upgrade $.99:
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Uncolor– $.99
The screen starts out black. When the screen is touched, that part of the screen begins to show the image underneath. The more she touches, the more of the image is uncolored.
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Fish School HD-$1.99
Lots of educational games that involve touching fish as they swim across the screen.
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Sound Touch Lite – FREE with optional upgrade
Touch cartoon animals and it makes the animal sound and shows a real photo of the animal.
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Virtuoso -FREE
Play the piano!
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Talking Tom – FREE with optional upgrade
Hilarious and perfect to interact with other children. Whatever you say into the mic, the cat repeats. You can tickle him and whack him and even knock him over. You can record all of the words actions to create mini movies. It is fun to have other kids speak messages into it for your daughter to hear.
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ABA Receptive Identification – FFC Combined-$.99

– Clear, Colorful, Concrete Images
– Benefits to both Visual and Auditory Learners
– Classical Music with Visual Reinforcement
– Sound can be turned “on” or “off”
– Concisely Pronounced Audio

Check out all of kindergarten.com’s ABA apps for endless fun and learning

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In My Dreams- $.99
Have fun with reading, matching, and sign language. “In My Dreams” uses animation and repetition to promote literacy. Each page has the same sentence structure and reinforces understanding of nouns, verbs and prepositions. “In My Dreams” is an instructional app designed with illustrations that provide language cues. Personalize the app for your child, student or client by adding their photo!
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I Learn ABC Lite – FREE
iLearn ABC is a fun and entertaining way for your child to learn how to recognize and say their ABC’s (English letters and sounds). In this app we combined every English letter with the correctly corresponding object name for this chosen letter. You and your child will find that iLearn ABC provides sets of activities to enjoy learning their ABC’s!. These activities are – ABC Song, Flashcards and a Touch Letter game.
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Choiceboard Maker-Creator-FREE

ChoiceBoard Maker is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.
It is an excellent tool to train and prepare users for more sophisticated communication device via this easy, simple-to-use choice-making platform. The possibilities are as much as your creativity can go.

Features include:

•Large buttons, and black/white contrast to facilitate visual attention
•Clean board design to minimize visual distraction
•Space between choice buttons to avoid inadvertent hits
•Customizable to 2,3,4 or 6 choices

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Simple large YES and NO buttons for simple choice making. Answers: YesNo HD Features:

– Large buttons with ample selectable borders to assist with activation

– 5 Yes-No voices: man, woman, cartoon, boy, and girl

– Custom buttons with user defined color, text, audio, and pictures

– 5 lesson plans, each consisting of 6 pages of custom button pairs

– Enhanced navigation options

– Visual cue of selected buttons for the hearing impaired

– Multi-language support

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Grace App -$37.99
A simple picture exchange system developed By and For non-verbal people allowing the user to communicate their needs by building sentences from relevant images. It can be customized by the individual using their picture and photo vocabulary with the user taking and saving pictures independently to the app.
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Touch Chat -$149.99
TouchChat HD for iPad is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. TouchChat is designed for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions that affect a person’s ability to use natural speech.
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OneVoice turns the iPad or iPhone into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. Building on the simplicity of iOS devices, OneVoice is easy to understand, and designed for usability above everything else.

Though OneVoice comes with a pre-populated vocabulary (focused on children) the real value is that you can easily add your own phrases and photos to create a custom experience.

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Proloquo2Go – $189
Proloquo2Go provides a full-featured augmentative and alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It provides natural sounding text-to-speech voices, high resolution up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use.
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SoundingBoard by AbleNet – $49.99
Communication Board program — comes with images or you can upload your own!
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TapSpeak Sequence – $29.99
Acts like a step-switch sequencer/talker. With the added benefits of being able to access/create unlimited sequences that are saved, plus using any photo you want — OR connect it with a Boardmaker set of images.
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TapSpeak Choice-$149.99

TapSpeak Choice for iPad is our interpretation of a low- to mid-tech communicator for the iPad. It’s a complete communication board editor and player that saves up to 75% of the setup time over conventional devices and virtually eliminates maintenance time. Use the DynaVox/Mayer-Johnson PCS library, your own photos or images, and geometric symbols for visual targets. You can record your own voice for playback (a set of sample libraries include a pre-recorded voice).

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Go Talk Now-$79.99

Attainment has been making augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools for 25 years. Our experience is front and center in GoTalk NOW, a flexible, easy-to-use, yet powerful app for people who have difficulty speaking.  This

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Picture Pusher– $.99
very simple, just pushing images into a “box”
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First Then Visual Schedule First– $9.99
Designed for caregivers to provide positive behavior support for those with communication needs. This application provides an affordable and convenient audio-visual prompting tool for use on the iPhone or iTouch. The portability of the iPhone and iTouch and ease of use of the application make it perfect for use at school, home or in the community.
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Doodle Buddy – FREE
Simple drawing tool.
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Dr. Suess ABC – $3.99
A must have! Fun and easy. Page turn with a swipe of the hand. There are about 10 Dr. Suess books available. One Fish, Two Fish is good too! You can set it to read the book page by page with activation, or just to read through. When the child touches different images, the word for the image appears and speaks the word.
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Toca Boca – FREE -$3.99
This is a great set of imaginative games that you can play with your Rett Girl.
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Mee Genius-A collection of free and purchasable books that highlight words as the story is read to your child. A favorite.  Choose “read to me” and sit back and watch her follow the words.

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Story Boy-Auto read books and fun apps for all girls. Pages change automatically or with a swipe. Prices vary and are affordable with many free.

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Miss Spiders Bed Time Story-$.99

Read, watch, listen, and play with Miss Spider and her buggy bunch as they earn special sleepy-time rewards in this interactive story that is really five apps in one. With multi-touch animation, painting, puzzles, and games, Miss Spider’s Bedtime Story for iPad reinvents the reading experience for the entire family. Make bedtime fun time with Miss Spider and her friendly bug pack. If you’re not completely amazed by Miss Spider’s app, Callaway Digital Arts will refund your money, guaranteed.

SPECIAL FEATURES: -Watch story in lush 3-D CGI animation -Touch images for multimedia surprises -Read or follow along with spoken narration -Play games, solve puzzles, and paint pictures -Listen to original music and sound effects

ABOUT THE STORY: Everybuggy in the Spider family is just too busy to get to sleep on time. What’s a spider mom to do? Luckily, Miss Spider and Holley find a creative way to get the kids’ nighttime routine under control—and realize they may need a bit of help getting to bed, too!

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Websites with App info and suggestions:


ConSENSE Bulletin

Moms with Apps

RJ Cooper/At Specialist

RettGirl iPad Videos

Lower hand function

Retained hand function


Leather Carrying Case Cover/Folio With Built-in Stand

Apple iPad skin silicone case

iPad Carrying case/Shoulder bag

Car headrest mount for iPAD
RJ’s ultimate iPAD carrying case

Big Grip iPAD frame and stand