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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
Tractor Mac Arrives
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Training Faces
  • Social Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • 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

Training Faces Espanol
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Tuneville
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Tuneville
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
TuneWiki- Lyrics + Radio
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Typ-O HD
  • Language
  • iPad
  • 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.

Type and Learn
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Type-A-Word
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Type-A-Word Lite
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • 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.

Typing Fun
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • 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.

Typist RT
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Windows 8
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Anecdotal
urTalker Lite
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
US Puzzle Map
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal