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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
What's Cool About Music iPad App
  • Educational
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Data Collecting
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
SpeakAll!
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
Keyboard Explorer
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Samba
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
TalkAssist
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Autism Emotion
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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

EZ Tunes
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Dino-Store
  • Accessibility
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
TonePad
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iAdvocate
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Visual Timers
  • Functional Skills
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
RxmindMe
  • 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.

Interactive Touch Books for Kids
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Tapgram
  • Social Skills
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal