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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
SpeakColors Español Pro
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
SpeakColorsHD
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Special Numbers
  • Functional Skills
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Special Stories
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Special Words
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Speech Cards Professional
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Research

Comparison of the Effects of SMART Board Technology and Flash Card Instruction on Sigh Word Recognition and Observational Learning

This study compared the effectiveness of SMART Board, interactive whiteboard technology and traditional flash cards in teaching reading in a small-group instructional arrangement. Three students with moderate intellectual disabilities were taught to read grocery store aisle marker words under each condition. Observational learning (students learning other group members' words) was also assessed across each condition. The effectiveness of the two procedures was evaluated using an adapted alternating-treatments design (AATD) across two conditions and replicated across students.

Speech Magnet Text to Speech
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Speech Tutor: Pocket SLP
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Speech with Milo: Interactive Storybook
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Speech with Milo: Prepositions
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

Speech with Milo: Sequencing
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

Speech with Milo: Verbs
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
SpeechBox
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
SpeechHero AAC
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
SpeechPrompts
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal