Autism Apps

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 Ratingsort icon
Sign Me A Story
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
5
I Can Do Apps
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
5
Talking Mats
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Evidence
5
Visual Tokens
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • 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.

5
iAugComm
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
5
TalkRocket Go by MyVoice
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
5
Draw Emotions
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
5
ClassDojo
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
Visual Steps
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
iReward
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
5
Birdhouse for Autism
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
Picture Planner
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

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.

5
Convey
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
Verbal Victor
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5