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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
ERSB – Early Reading Skills Builder
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Adults (18+)
Everyday Skills- Pocket Edition
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

Using a personal Digital Assistant to Increase Independent Task Completion by Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this study, a personal digital assistant (PDA) with picture, auditory, and video prompts with voice over, was evaluated as a portable self-prompting device for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using a multiple probe design across three cooking recipes and replicated with three students with ASD, the system was tested for its effectiveness in increasing independent performance across the multiple step tasks. In addition, data were recorded for the number and types of prompts used by the students across time.

Expedition with Plurals
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Expressions by EdNinja
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
EZ Tunes
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
FaceGoo
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Faces by Whys Learning
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
FacesiMake
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
FaceUp Matching
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • 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.

FAO ObserverTool
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Farm Academy
  • Recreation
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
FastMall- Shopping Malls, Community and Interactive Maps
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Feelings with Milo
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
Felt Board
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
FindMe (Autism)
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal