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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.

Name Category Platform Age Supporting Research Rating
GoBook iPad App
  • Educational
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Emotionary by Me.Mu
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Picture Planner
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

Personal Digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as task management tools in a sample of transition-age high school students with autism. Method: The group included twenty-two high school students selected from locales across the Commonwealth of Virginia, all of whom carry a diagnosis of autism and exhibit difficulties in performing everyday tasks due to cognitive-behavioral problems.

Toontastic
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Visual Timer
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
iAdvocate
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Niki Talk
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
AutiPlan Pictoplanner
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

Personal Digital assistants as cognitive aids for high school students with autism: Results of a community-based trial

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of personal digital assistants (PDAs) as task management tools in a sample of transition-age high school students with autism. Method: The group included twenty-two high school students selected from locales across the Commonwealth of Virginia, all of whom carry a diagnosis of autism and exhibit difficulties in performing everyday tasks due to cognitive-behavioral problems.

First Words Checklist - Language Learning Assessment for Toddlers and Pre-K
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
Interactive Touch Books for Kids
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
ABA Datasheets: PIR
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • All Ages
Tantrum Tracker Lite
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Organizer
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

A Web-Based Tutorial for Parents of Young Children with Autism: Results from a Pilot Study

Early intervention can significantly improve long-term outcomes for children with autism. Unfortunately, many children do not receive early intervention services due to a critical shortage of trained professionals in this area. To bridge this gap, we evaluated a Web-based parent training tutorial (Enhancing Interactions), based on evidence-based practices and utilizing the Web-based platform to maximize learning. Methods: Twenty-three parents with a child between 18 months and 6 years with an autism spectrum disorder participated.

See.Touch.Learn. FREE
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
uChoose by InteractAble
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Children (6-12)
Puppet Pals
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal