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Apps for Stages - Stage Three

Stage Three – Emerging Language

In Stage Three, the learner demonstrates an understanding of language through application such as object identification and categorization. For example, she can show that she knows what a dog is (identification) and that an apple is a type of food (categorization). This is the first Stage in which the learner is asked to make a selection or respond to a question based on a prompt. Choice-making skills develop now, as well as the ability to wait as choices are presented. A learner who is working on these skills but is not yet reliably able to consistently make selections independently is actively working at Stage Three.

A Stage Three Learner...

  • uses or understands simple sentences
  • understands object names, pictures, and actions as demonstrated by intentional gestures
  • identifies objects by their attributes (such as by sound, shape, or color)
  • discriminates among objects and places them into categories
  • understands the function of an object
  • waits for options as choices are offered

Features to Consider

  • provide different levels of representation or abstraction (photographs, drawings, or symbols)
  • match an object or action to its spoken name
  • categorize or identify objects that belong to the same group
  • match an object with its purpose or function
  • discriminate among several objects of the same name but used differently (toothbrush, paintbrush, or hairbrush)
  • settings, options, or adjustments to the way the content is presented (animation speed or access)
  • customize content

Recommended Apps for Stage Three

Identifying Objects - Nouns and Categories
ABA Receptive ID
Categories from I Can Do Apps I Can Do Apps, LLC
Categories Learning Center Smarty Ears
Clean Up: Category Sorting Different Roads to Learning
Families 1 & Families 2
KneeBouncers Vol.1 KneeBouncers, LLC
Laureate First Words and  First Words II Attainment Company – Laureate Learning System
Let’s Name Things Super Duper Publications
Little Matchups Innovative Investments Limited – Grasshopper Apps
iTouchilearn Words for Preschool  Kids: Letters, Spelling & Reading Staytoooned
Monster Match Kids Place
Photo Touch Innovative Investments Limited – Grasshopper Apps
Picture Pusher Cool Tool Apps
Point to Pictures RJ Cooper
Preschool Games Farm Animals (Photo Touch) Innovative Investments Limited – Grasshopper Apps
Receptive Vegetables by Class My Program Book
Scan to Pictures RJ Cooper
See. Touch. Learn Brain Parade
Sort it Out 1 MyFirstApp
Sorting Activities Judy Lynn Software, Inc.
Special Words Special iApps
Talk About Food Hump Software
Things That Go Together Innovative Investments Limited – Grasshopper Apps
Toddler Games Toys Photo Touch
Which Go Together
Word SlapPs Lite Zorten
Identifying Actions – Verbs
Conversation Social Stories  and Simple PECS Touch Autism
Expressive Smarty Ears
iTouchilearn Words for  Preschool Kids: Letters,  Spelling & Reading Staytoooned
Language Concepts Autism iHelp Series by John Talavera
Monster Match Kids Place
Picture Pusher Cool Tool Apps
Speech with Milo: Verbs Doonan Speech Therapy
What’s That Sound Different Roads to Learning
WH Questions Autism iHelp Series by John Talavera
Sentence Key: Who is Doing  What Computerade Products
Building Ideas
Alien Buddies Artgig Apps
Animal Pants Alchemist Interactive LLC
AniMatch: Animal Pairs and  Sounds Matching Game Lima Sky
Aunty Maggie’s Recipe Inclusive Technology Ltd
Baby Piano Baby Cortex
Bath Time Bubbles Marblesoft
Choiceworks BeeVisual
ChooseIt Maker 3 Inclusive Technology Ltd
Compliments Social Story and  Speech Tool Touch Autism
Comparatives & Superlatives Autism iHelp Series by John Talavera
Conversation Builder Mobile Education Store
Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Touch Autism
Expressive Smarty Ears
Face Read 1 and Face Read 2 Autism Series – WebTeam Corp
Flexible Speech Flexible Speech Pty. Ltd.
Go-Togethers Smarty Ears
KneeBouncers Vol.1 KneeBouncers, LLC
Magic Piano Smule
Memory King Innovative Investments Limited – Grasshopper Apps
Monster Match Kids Place
Morning Breakfast Marblesoft
My 1st Signs Special iApps
See. Touch. Learn Brain Parade
Skill Champ Infiniteach
Social Talks Autism Series – WebTeam Corp
Touch-Emotions Special iApps
What’s That Sound Different Roads to Learning
Wheels on the Bus Duck Duck Moose, Inc.
Target Practice – Learning to Make Choices
ABA Receptive ID
Alien Buddies Artgig Studio
Animal Pants Alchemist Interactive LLC
Bumper Cars Inclusive Technology Ltd
Catch the Cow Computerade Products
CineVox Sensory App House Ltd
Forest Fighter Zyrobotics LLC
Giraffe’s Matching Zoo Tomato Interactive, LLC
Grid Player Sensory Software Intl.
Hidden Grid Inclusive Technology Ltd
Hurdle champion Inclusive Technology Ltd
Jungle Adventure Inclusive Technology Ltd
Kids Can Match Kids Place
Match & Find Special iApps
Match-a-roo zoo Brett Darnell Apps Jr.
Monster Match Kids Place
Picture Pusher Cool Tool Apps
Pocket Pond HD John Moffett
Point to Pictures RJ Cooper
Scan and Match Marblesoft
Scan to Pictures RJ Cooper
Slide 2 Unlock Version 1.1 RJ Cooper
Space Shooter Inclusive Technology Ltd
Switch Accessible Matching –  Bundle #1 Judy Lynn Software, Inc.
Switch Accessible Mazes: Beginner Intermediate Advanced Judy Lynn Software, Inc.
Switch Accessible Puzzles Judy Lynn Software, Inc.
SwitchTrainer LIFEtool GmbH
Switch Box Invaders Cognable
Turtle Invaders Zyrobotics LLC
ZyroSky Run Zyrobotics LLC

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