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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
Cuedin - Autism & ASD Learning
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Healthier Me by Children's Specialized Hospital
  • Functional Skills
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
The Tree I See - Interactive Storybook
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch

Do adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders adhere to social conventions in virtual environments?

The potential for using virtual environments (VEs) in educational contexts for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been recognized. However, very little is known about how people with ASDs interpret and understand VEs. This study aimed to investigate this directly with a group of 12 adolescents with ASDs, each individually matched with comparison participants.

Auditory Workout
  • Social Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Gubbio
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Skills® LogBook
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
GoBook iPad App
  • Educational
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
b-Calm™
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
PicTalk Toddler
  • Social Skills
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
MyFamilyNPals
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
Alphabetimals - Pocket Animal Alphabet
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
Questioning Autism?
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal

A Web-Based Tutorial for Parents of Young Children with Autism: Results from a Pilot Study

Early intervention can significantly improve long-term outcomes for children with autism. Unfortunately, many children do not receive early intervention services due to a critical shortage of trained professionals in this area. To bridge this gap, we evaluated a Web-based parent training tutorial (Enhancing Interactions), based on evidence-based practices and utilizing the Web-based platform to maximize learning. Methods: Twenty-three parents with a child between 18 months and 6 years with an autism spectrum disorder participated.

Singing Fingers
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Mini Mystery Readers iPad App
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Endless Alphabet
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • 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.