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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
Pecs Pics+ Autism
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
PECS Phase III
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Onions
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
Nightingale
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
My Words
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
MY Words
  • Communication
  • Language
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
My Daily Tasks
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Research

Personal Digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial

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.

My Autism Day
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Meet Heckerty
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Research

Brief report: vocabulary acquisition for children with autism: teacher or computer instruction.

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.

LetMeTalk
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Learn with Rufus: Fun and Games
  • Recreation
  • Creative Arts
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Research

Using iPods and iPads in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review

We conducted a systematic review of studies that involved iPods(®), iPads(®), and related devices (e.g., iPhones(®)) in teaching programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The search yielded 15 studies covering five domains: (a) academic, (b) communication, (c) employment, (d) leisure, and (e) transitioning across school settings. The 15 studies reported outcomes for 47 participants, who ranged from 4 to 27 years of age and had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability.

Language Builder from Stages
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
LAMP Words For Life
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Research

Brief report: vocabulary acquisition for children with autism: teacher or computer instruction.

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.

inPromptu
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
innerVoice
  • Accessibility
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages