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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
Talking Train
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
Talking Mats
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Evidence
Talking English
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal
Talking Cards for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
TalkAssist
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Talk About It Objects Home (single user)
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Tacky the Penguin
  • Recreation
  • 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.

Symbly Go
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
SuperStars - Strengths for Kids
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Street Smarts
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
storysmart3: Ruby Gets in the Game
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Research
storysmart2: Casey's Big Day
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • 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

storysmart1: Trudy Goes to the Beach
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • 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

StoryMaker for Social Stories
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
StoryMaker for Social Stories
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages