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 Rating
PandaPal PECS
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
0
Communicating Basic Needs
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
1
Language Builder from Stages
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
0
StoryMaker for Social Stories
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
4
Autism Language Learning
  • Language
  • iPad
  • 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.

3.666665
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.

0
iPrompts
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • 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.

0
See.Touch.Learn. Pro
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
4
StoryMaker for Social Stories
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
0
Catalyst
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
EASe Personal Listening Therapy
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
Articulate it!
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
BrainControl: Basic Communicator Touch
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Windows 8
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
0
Picture AAC
  • Communication
  • Anecdotal
0
ProxTalker App
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

0