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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
ShapeSpace
  • Recreation
  • Educational
  • Android
  • 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.

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

SLP Minimal Pairs
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Smart Fish: Frequent Flyer - Teach Kids about Airplane Travel!
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal

Do adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders adhere to social conventions in virtual environments?

The potential for using virtual environments (VEs) in educational contexts for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been recognized. However, very little is known about how people with ASDs interpret and understand VEs. This study aimed to investigate this directly with a group of 12 adolescents with ASDs, each individually matched with comparison participants.

Smile at Me
  • 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

So Much 2 Say
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal