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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
Grace Picture Exchange for Non-Verbal People
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
AAC Speech Buddy
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Key Word Kids
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Talking Cards for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
The Planner Guide
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

Using a Personal Digital Assistant to Enhance the Independence of an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome

The Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), while in use in the mainstream population, is not generallyutilized by individuals with disabilities. Using a multiple-baseline design across settings we tested effectivenessof using a PDA to increase the independence of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Results indicateduse of the PDA was effective in decreasing the student?s reliance on adults to complete tasks at home and atschool

Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to over 200 Effective Apps
  • Language
  • Book
  • Anecdotal
My Daily Tasks
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • 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.

ArtikPix
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
SLP Minimal Pairs
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
TapSpeak Sequence for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Odd One Out Pack
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
ProxTalker App
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

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.

Injini: Child Development Game Suite
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
MetaTouch
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Behavior Tracker Pro
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.