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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
LearnMyWorld
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
FlipBoard: Your Social News Magazine
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
VizZle Student Player
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Math Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Research

Effectiveness of a multimedia programme and therapist-instructed training for children with autism

The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive multimedia training programme and a conventional therapist-instructed training in improving the learning behaviours of children with autism. A multiple-subject, single case-study time-series research design was adopted in the study. Six children with autism, aged 2 years 4 months to 2 years 10 months, were recruited by convenience sampling. They attended a 12-session training programme on basic concepts (e.g.

ClassDojo
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
ABA Flashcards
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

Touch & Say
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • 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

Smart Steps Mobile
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Touch-Emotions
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
BrainPop Featured Movie
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Say Some More
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
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