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 Ratingsort icon
VizZle Student Player
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Math Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Research

Effectiveness of a multimedia programme and therapist-instructed training for children with autism

The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive multimedia training programme and a conventional therapist-instructed training in improving the learning behaviours of children with autism. A multiple-subject, single case-study time-series research design was adopted in the study. Six children with autism, aged 2 years 4 months to 2 years 10 months, were recruited by convenience sampling. They attended a 12-session training programme on basic concepts (e.g.

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Learn with Rufus: Numbers and Counting
  • Math Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
0
Alexicom AAC for Android
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
0
Touch & Say
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • 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

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How Do You Feel
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
0
Scene and Heard
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
iCan Toilet Training Program
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
Verbally
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
0
Communicating Basic Needs App
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
Zen Brush
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
0
inPromptu
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
0
Spot the Dot
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
0
Words & Blocks
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Evidence

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.

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My Video Schedule
  • Organizer
  • 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.

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Emotion Cards
  • Social Skills
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
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