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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
VB-MAPP for iPad
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Verbal Victor
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Verbally
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
VideoTote
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • 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

Visual Prompts Board
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Visual Routine
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

Do PDAs enhance the organization and memory skills of students with cognitive disabilities?

The project studied the on-time behavior of 35 students with intellectual disabilities (ID) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) under three conditions ? times and tasks list, paper planner, and two different personal data assistants (PDAs). Students participated for two 4-week periods, receiving one morning reminder during Period 1 and no reminders during Period 2. Students were on time more often using a PDA compared to a list (p < .024) or a planner (p < .002). Students were on time 50% more often in Period 1 with a single daily morning reminder as compared to no reminder across all conditions.

Visual Steps
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
Visual Timer
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Visual Tokens
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Visules
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

Do PDAs enhance the organization and memory skills of students with cognitive disabilities?

The project studied the on-time behavior of 35 students with intellectual disabilities (ID) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) under three conditions ? times and tasks list, paper planner, and two different personal data assistants (PDAs). Students participated for two 4-week periods, receiving one morning reminder during Period 1 and no reminders during Period 2. Students were on time more often using a PDA compared to a list (p < .024) or a planner (p < .002). Students were on time 50% more often in Period 1 with a single daily morning reminder as compared to no reminder across all conditions.

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.

Vocal Slides
  • Communication
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Vocal Slides II
  • Communication
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Voice Reminders! VoCal XL
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

PDA Software Aimed at Improving Workplace Adaptation for People with Cognitive Disabilities

This article presents the objectives, methodology and results of a project aimed at improving personal autonomy and adaptation to the workplace of people with cognitive disabilities. These people may have difficulties to be independent in various areas of life, especially at the workplace. Many of these problems are related to issues such as time control, independence in performing tasks, work habits, interpersonal communication, etc. To promote autonomy in these areas, the tool GTT (Time and Task Manager) has been developed.

Voice4u
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal