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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.

Namesort icon Category Platform Age Supporting Research Rating
Wizard Interactive
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Whizzit 1 2 3
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
White Noise
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Wh-Questions Island
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Week Planner for Kids
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Evidence

The project studied the on-time behavior of 35 students with intellectual disabilities (ID) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) under three conditions ? times and tasks list, paper planner, and two different personal data assistants (PDAs). Students participated for two 4-week periods, receiving one morning reminder during Period 1 and no reminders during Period 2. Students were on time more often using a PDA compared to a list (p < .024) or a planner (p < .002). Students were on time 50% more often in Period 1 with a single daily morning reminder as compared to no reminder across all conditions.

Web Reader
  • Accessibility
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
WeatherStation Free
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
We Learn: He, She and They
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
We Learn He She They
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Wanderful Storybooks
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

The study evaluates the progress of eight children aged 3-5 years with autism attending a specialist teaching unit in their development of reading skills in two conditions: computer instructed learning and book based learning. The authors developed a direct observation schedule to monitor autistic behaviours using computerized techniques. The children were matched by age, severity of autistic symptomatology and number of spoken words. They were initially randomly allocated to the computer or book condition and crossed over at 10 weeks.

Wait4it
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
VolaFriends
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Voice4u
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Voice Reminders! VoCal XL
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

This article presents the objectives, methodology and results of a project aimed at improving personal autonomy and adaptation to the workplace of people with cognitive disabilities. These people may have difficulties to be independent in various areas of life, especially at the workplace. Many of these problems are related to issues such as time control, independence in performing tasks, work habits, interpersonal communication, etc. To promote autonomy in these areas, the tool GTT (Time and Task Manager) has been developed.

Vocal Slides II
  • Communication
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal