Skip navigation

Calls to Action

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.

Namesort icon Category Platform Age Supporting Research Rating
Visual Steps
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
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.

Verbal Victor
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
VAST Autism 1
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
UTeach Toddler
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
  • Research

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.

uChoose by InteractAble
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Children (6-12)
Training Faces Espanol
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Training Faces
  • Social Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • 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

Tim(mer) Stock - Simple Timer to Keep Track of Time
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
This for That: Visual Timer
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
This for That: Visual Schedules
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
therapyConnect
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Math Skills
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
The Zones of Regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Windows Phone
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Research

A Context-Senitive Device to Help People with Autism Cope with Anxiety

We describe a smartphone application that helps people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cope with anxiety attacks. Our prototype provides a one-touch interface for indicating a panic level. The device's response - to instruct, soothe, and/or contact carers - is sensitive to the user's context, consisting of time, location, ambient noise, and nearby friends. Formative evaluation unearths a critical challenge to building assistive technologies for ASD sufferers: can regimented interfaces foster flexible behaviour?

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

The Fat Finger Email Program
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal