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Do you have a favorite autism app you'd like to add to this list? Please email a brief description of the app, including the platform, cost, age group, price, any related research, and a link to FSDB@AutismSpeaks.org and we would be happy to share your recommendation with the Autism Speaks community!

Apps are listed in alphabetical order. You can sort apps by rating by clicking the "Rating" link above that column. You can rate apps by first clicking on the app name to visit the app detail page. Then, below the description of the app, click on the number of stars for your rating of the app.

Apps now have a research rating:

 Anecdotal = No specific or related scientific studies for this type of app.  

 Research = There are some related scientific studies, but no direct research support for this type of app or technology.

 Evidence = There is solid or specific scientific evidence that this type of app or technology is helpful.

Name Category Platform Age Supporting Research Rating
Emotionary by Me.Mu
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Picture Planner
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as task management tools in a sample of transition-age high school students with autism. Method: The group included twenty-two high school students selected from locales across the Commonwealth of Virginia, all of whom carry a diagnosis of autism and exhibit difficulties in performing everyday tasks due to cognitive-behavioral problems.

ABA Flashcards
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

This study examined the impact of computers on the vocabulary acquisition of young children with autism. Children's attention, motivation, and learning of words was compared in a behavioral program and an educational software program. The educational software program was designed to parallel the behavioral program, but it added perceptually salient qualities such as interesting sounds and object movement. Children with autism were more attentive, more motivated, and learned more vocabulary in the computer than in the behavioral program.

Toontastic
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Herbi WriteAbout
  • Language
  • Windows 8
  • Windows Phone
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Niki Talk
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Tellagami
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal

The potential for using virtual environments (VEs) in educational contexts for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been recognized. However, very little is known about how people with ASDs interpret and understand VEs. This study aimed to investigate this directly with a group of 12 adolescents with ASDs, each individually matched with comparison participants.

Birdhouse for Autism
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Tapgram
  • Social Skills
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
ANDDS (Autism and Developmental Disorder Screening)
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal
Piano Wizard
  • Creative Arts
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
GPS Tracker
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Photo Tales - Create Photo Stories with Your Kids
  • Children (6-12)
Puppet Pals
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
TuneWiki- Lyrics + Radio
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal