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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.

Name Category Platform Age Supporting Research Rating
FAO ObserverTool
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
MyFamilyNPals
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
Meet Heckerty
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • 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.

Scoops
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iToucan Talk (Autism)
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
GloRead
  • Social Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Tantrum Tracker Lite
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Organizer
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

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.

Autism Awareness
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Draw Emotions
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
ClassDojo
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Questioning Autism?
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPhone
  • 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.

Singing Fingers
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Say Some More
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Autism Emotion
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

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

PicTalk Toddler
  • Social Skills
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal