Autism Apps

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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 Ratingsort icon
School Skills
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

The Use and Understnading of Virtual Environments by Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The potential of virtual environments for teaching people with autism has been positively promoted in recent years. The present study aimed to systematically investigate this potential with 12 participants with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs), each individually matched with comparison participants according to either verbal IQ or performance IQ, as well as gender and chronological age. Participants practised using a desktop ?training? virtual environment, before completing a number of tasks in a virtual caf

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iSeeClearly
  • Accessibility
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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Kids Writing Pad
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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Communication Helper
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
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Magical Concepts
  • Educational
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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Between the Lines Level 1
  • Social Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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Dr. Suess's Mr. Brown Can Moo
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

Do children with autism learn to read more readily by computer assisted instruction or traditional book methods? A pilot study.

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.

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Tell Me About It!
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

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.

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Animal Train for Toddlers
  • Recreation
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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Picture Scheduler
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

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My Visual Timetable
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

A Context-Senitive Device to Help People with Autism Cope with Anxiety

We describe a smartphone application that helps people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cope with anxiety attacks. Our prototype provides a one-touch interface for indicating a panic level. The device's response - to instruct, soothe, and/or contact carers - is sensitive to the user's context, consisting of time, location, ambient noise, and nearby friends. Formative evaluation unearths a critical challenge to building assistive technologies for ASD sufferers: can regimented interfaces foster flexible behaviour?

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I Am A Nice Person
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
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Coloring with Minecraft
  • Recreation
  • Creative Arts
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
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Uzu
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
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Sosh: Improving Social Skills with Children and Adolescents
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

Using Virtual Environments for Teaching Social Understanding to 6 Adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Six teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) experienced a Virtual Environment (VE) of a café. They also watched three sets of videos of real cafés and buses and judged where they would sit and explained why. Half of the participants received their VE experience between the first and second sets of videos, and half experienced it between the second and third. Ten naïve raters independently coded participants’ judgments and reasoning.

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