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
iCreate Social Skills Stories
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
5
We Learn: He, She and They
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
5
SpeakAll!
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
5
iLearnNEarn
  • Functional Skills
  • Math Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
5
BOB Books #1: Reading Magic
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

5
Tim(mer) Stock - Simple Timer to Keep Track of Time
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
Melodic Based Communication Therapy
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
5
Choiceworks Calendar
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
5
Words in Pictures
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
5
BrainControl: Basic Communicator Touch
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Windows 8
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
Nightingale
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
5
All About Me Storybook
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Anecdotal
5
Learn with Rufus: Boys and Girls
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Research

Using iPods and iPads in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review

We conducted a systematic review of studies that involved iPods(®), iPads(®), and related devices (e.g., iPhones(®)) in teaching programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The search yielded 15 studies covering five domains: (a) academic, (b) communication, (c) employment, (d) leisure, and (e) transitioning across school settings. The 15 studies reported outcomes for 47 participants, who ranged from 4 to 27 years of age and had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability.

5
Use2talk
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
5
Injini: Child Development Game Suite
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
5