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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
Avaz for Autism
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Bag Game
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Birdhouse for Autism
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
BoardBuilder
  • Accessibility
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
BrainControl: Basic Communicator Touch
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Windows 8
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Brainy Skills WH Game
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Caught Being Good
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
ClassDojo
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Color Countdown
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Communicate Easy
  • Accessibility
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Convey
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Diary Journal
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
DPC (Digital Picture Communication)
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
Emotionary by Me.Mu
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
FaceUp Matching
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • 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.