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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
SLP Minimal Pairs
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Sleep Champ by Zansors
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal

A Web-Based Tutorial for Parents of Young Children with Autism: Results from a Pilot Study

Early intervention can significantly improve long-term outcomes for children with autism. Unfortunately, many children do not receive early intervention services due to a critical shortage of trained professionals in this area. To bridge this gap, we evaluated a Web-based parent training tutorial (Enhancing Interactions), based on evidence-based practices and utilizing the Web-based platform to maximize learning. Methods: Twenty-three parents with a child between 18 months and 6 years with an autism spectrum disorder participated.

Skill CHamp
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Singing Fingers
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Simple Steps to Learning - What Colour Am I?
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Simple Sort: Counting
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
Silly Numbers- Learning game to teach kids about numbers
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Sign Me A Story
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Sign Language With Sammi Signs!
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal
Should You Eat Cookies in the Bathtub?
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Shopping List Generator
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

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.

ShapeSpace
  • Recreation
  • Educational
  • Android
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Shape Builder- the Preschool Learning Puzzle Game
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Sequences for Autism
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Sentence Workout
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal

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.