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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
ToBo
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Tobii Dynavox Snap™ + Core First®
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Evidence
Tobii Dynavox Snap Scene™
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
Tobii Dynavox Pathways for Core First®
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Adults (18+)
Tobii Dynavox Compass
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Research
Tobii Dynavox Communicator 5
  • Communication
  • Windows 8
  • Research
Time Timer Apps
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

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.

Time For Bed Little Ted
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
Tim(mer) Stock - Simple Timer to Keep Track of Time
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Thomas Game Pack
  • Recreation
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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-NO-App™
  • Accessibility
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
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?