App List for Kids with Visual Impairment

Here are some great Apps to use with children who have visual impairments.  I will keep adding to this list as I discover new Apps that work well with these kids. :)  Please feel free to recommend other Apps in the comments below and I will add them to this list.  This list is for iPad but many of these Apps are also in Android Form.  You can find them in the Amazon AppStore for Android.

A Few Great Apps for Cause-Effect/Early Play
The apps below work nicely for children with visual impairments because they are visually simplistic and easy to interact with. Many of these apps not only facilitate early, case-effect play, but could also be paired with language modeling to teach many basic concepts and language skills.

Peekaboo Lady Bird Baby Touch
Peekaboo: Ladybird Baby Touch - Penguin Books

Baby Tap
BabyTap HD - 42 LLC.

Tap Bubbles
Tap Bubbles! - Toy Box

Bubbles for Toddlers
Bubbles for Toddlers - popping calming fun! - Yevgeny Kolyakov

Hatch! Plus
Hatch! Plus - Phodder

BalloonMaker - Troy Tegeder

Tap n See Zoo by Little Bear Sees
Created specifically for Children with CVI
Tap-n-See Zoo - Little Bear Sees

Baby’s Musical Hands
Baby's Musical Hands - Streaming Colour Studios

Baby Symbolizer
Baby Symbolizer: High-Contrast Infant Stimulation - HuggaMind, Inc.

Baby Screen
Baby Screen - Planet Sloth

Bright Start Baby
BrightStart Baby: A Bright Start for Smart Babies - Eieio Software

Baby Finger
Baby Finger HD - DJ International

Balloonimals HD - IDEO

Apps That Encourage Vocalizing/Speech
The apps below are voice activated so they are a great way to encourage vocalizing and speech from young kids with visual impairments.  When activated, the apps move or repeat what you say in a funny way.

Bla Bla Bla
Bla | Bla | Bla - Lorenzo Bravi

Talking Carl
Talking Carl HD - Tayasui

Talking Carla
Talking Carla - Tayasui

 Talking Tom Cat
Talking Tom Cat 2 for iPad - Out Fit 7 Ltd.

Talking Baby Hippo
Talking Baby Hippo for iPad - Out Fit 7 Ltd.

Building Basic Concepts
The apps below are simple apps that also encourage basic concept knowledge because they present numbers, colors, and other concepts.

123 Telephone
123 Telephone: Play Phone HD FREE - Victor Ren

Play Phone HD
Baby Play Phone (by Happy Touch Games for Kids) - concappt media

Peek-a-Boo Barn
Peekaboo Barn for iPad - Night & Day Studios, Inc.

Interactive Alphabet
Interactive Alphabet - ABC Flash Cards - Piikea St. LLC

Toca Robot Lab
Toca Doctor HD - Toca Boca

Music and Songs
The Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose
Wheels on the Bus HD - Duck Duck Moose

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Duck Duck Moose
Itsy Bitsy Spider HD - by Duck Duck Moose - Duck Duck Moose

Old McDonald by Duck Duck Moose
Old MacDonald HD - by Duck Duck Moose - Duck Duck Moose

Drum Kit
Drum Kit! - On Beat Limited

Sound Shaker
Sound Shaker - zinc Roe

Music Draw
MusicDraw - Remi Piro

Flux Tunes
FluxTunes - Quokka Studios Pty Ltd
Flux Tunes gives kids sight-free access to music on the iPhone or iPad by turning the whole touchscreen into a fully customizable control pad.  You can change songs and perform other functions with simple touchscreen gestures that do not require you to use your sight.


Glow Coloring
Glow Coloring - MobiTech 3000 LLC

Art of Glow
Art Of Glow - Natenai Ariyatrakool

Glow Draw
Glow Draw! - Indigo Penguin Limited

Neon Draw
Neon Draw! - Mark Watson

Glow Tunes
GlowTunes - Chris Martone

Kids Doodle Movie
Kids Doodle HD - Create Movie With Your Drawing - for iPad - Bejoy Mobile

Pretend Play
Toca Hair Salon
Toca Hair Salon - Toca Boca

Toontastic - Launchpad Toys

Toca Home
Toca House - Toca Boca

Toca Tea Party
Toca Tea Party - Toca Boca

Toca Kitchen
Toca Kitchen - Toca Boca

Toca Doctor
Toca Doctor HD - Toca Boca

Art Maker by ABC's Play School - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

My Play Home
My PlayHome - Shimon Young

Visual, Motor, & Cognitive Skills
Sparkabilities by Bottle Rocket Apps
Sparkabilities is an App Suite that includes many different "Segments" designed to develop various skills in babies, including visual recognition, tracking, and color theory.  See the website above for a full description of the science behind this app.  

Sparkabilities Babies 1
Sparkabilities Babies 1 HD for iPad - Bottle Rocket

Sparkabilities Babies 2
Sparkabilities Babies 2 for iPad - Bottle Rocket

Interactive books on the iPad are a great way to get your kids interested in reading.  In addition to Apps with interactive books like I Like Books I Like Books - 37 Picture Books for Kids in 1 App - GrasshopperApps.com you can use the Apps below to create your own interactive photo books.

Scene Speak
Scene Speak - Good Karma Applications, Inc

Pictello - AssistiveWare

Scribble Press
Scribble Press - Scribble Press

Keynote - Apple

Little Story Maker
Little Story Maker - GrasshopperApps.com

Switch Accessible Apps  (non-AAC)
The following Apps are games that can be played using a Blue Tooth Switch for the iPad.

Games by Inclusive Technology
Inclusive Smarty Pants
Inclusive Smarty Pants - Inclusive Technology Ltd

Peeping Musicians
Peeping Musicians - Inclusive Technology Ltd

Five Sharks Swimming
Five Sharks Swimming - Inclusive Technology Ltd

Auntie Maggie's Recipe
Aunty Maggie's Recipe - Inclusive Technology Ltd

Rad Sounds
RadSounds - RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc.

A Few Great Apps for Pragmatic Language/Social SKills

With these apps, you can integrate video, pictures, and speech to create your own social stories and video modeling tools to teach children about social situations.

Model Me Going Places by Model Me Kids, LLC

Video social story library

Video Scheduler by MDR

Stories2Learn, by MDR

Video/Photo social stories and you can create your own.

My Pictures Talk by Gremble Apps

Put It Away, by Leesueh

This app helps children learn how to clean up after themselves! I think it is a really great concept and the fact that it is customizable and FREE makes it even better! I wish it had sound or music :(

Conversation Builder by Mobile Education Store

This app uses pictures and conversational scripts to help kids learn turn-taking and topic maintenance for conversations. One limitation is that the "correct answers" are somewhat limited and there isn't a text to speech option for the written prompts. I think it is a great start!

What Apps do you recommend?


  1. Great list! I am a pediatric occupational therapist and I work with some kiddos with cortical vision impairment. I will definitely check these out, especially the cause-effect/early play apps. I would like to add the Baby Finger app to your list. It is a very simple app, but I have found that infants with very low vision really respond to it well. I think it is free too!

  2. Thank you for this suggestion, Abby! :) Please let me know if you find any others I should add :)