Special Needs Resources for Kids

EPL Assistive Technology



(available for checkout and on library computer K21) Database of 3,500+ picture communication symbols used to make printed communication boards, device overlays, worksheets, schedules, calendars, etc.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Enables user to communicate with the computer in the most natural way — by speaking. Allows user to quickly create email messages, documents, and letters all by voice.  c2007

Instant Immersion. American Sign Language

Combining extensive background material with practical language instruction, this is the user-friendly way to start signing.  c2005


Commons Sense Media’s Learning Differences and Special Needs Apps Guide

Adaptive Toys

Finger Isolation Busy Box

Provides stimulation and enhances finger isolation! To activate a response an individual has to purposefully press the recessed buttons with his or her finger. Upon activation, the five colorful buttons produce an assortment of stimulation including lights, vibration, music, and gentle breezes. #834 (Requires 2 C batteries.

Lights, Vibration, Somatosensory Tube

Perfect for developing grasping skills, localizing sound and teaching cause and effect. Simply pick up the tube, hold it in a vertical position and it instantly rewards you with glowing lights and soothing vibrations. #832 (Requires 2 AA batteries)

Latches Board

Seven hinged pieces feature six different kinds of locks and latches. Opening the latches and hinged pieces reveals a picture behind each. Includes a red barn door with a hook latch, a green toy box with a snap lock, a white gate with a sliding bolt, and a brown chest with a lock latch. #966, and #1305 (Ages 3 & up)

Sound Blocks

These blocks help to develop the sense of hearing and the ability to distinguish between loud and soft, clear and dark tones, or high and low. Children also learn to recognize the contents of the Sound Blocks by the noise they make when shaken. Acrylic windows allow children to check whether they have guessed correctly. Each block is filled with a different material, which makes a different sound when shaken. #871

Labyrinth Balance Board (and Balance Board Junior)

Children and adults have so much fun with this balance board that they are unaware of how good it is for them. While they maneuver the balls along the groove they are developing balance, coordination, determination and patience. Move the balls from the outer circle to the middle, or for a little easier goal…move the balls from the inside to the outside. #828, Junior #872

Butterfly Spinner

Creates a swirling blend of colors and music. Children can watch as the butterflies and ladybugs spin around. Encourages visual attention and enhances auditory skills. #1338

Carnival Tube

A simple swipe at the mounted Rainstick creates lights, music and vibration. Can also be used as a switch and has a hidden control on the bottom to turn on and off sound, lights or vibrations. #1339

BIGmack Communicator

Record any single message directly into the BIGmack communicator and press its activation surface for playback up to two minutes in length. Connect a toy or appliance for additional motivation. With its large, 5 inch activation surface, BigMack is an excellent choice for persons with visual impairments and persons with physical disabilities who require a larger target area. #1364

Magnetic Gears

Eleven colorful plastic gears spin on the magnetic easel. Each gear does something different: clicking, whirring, google eyes, turning arm. Works with and without a capability switch. #1340