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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
SpeakAll!
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
First Words Checklist - Language Learning Assessment for Toddlers and Pre-K
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
Animal Train for Toddlers
  • Recreation
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
FreeSpeech
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Pictograms
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
TonePad
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iAdvocate
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
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
Songify
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
inPromptu
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Words & Blocks
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Evidence

Do children with autism learn to read more readily by computer assisted instruction or traditional book methods? A pilot study.

The study evaluates the progress of eight children aged 3-5 years with autism attending a specialist teaching unit in their development of reading skills in two conditions: computer instructed learning and book based learning. The authors developed a direct observation schedule to monitor autistic behaviours using computerized techniques. The children were matched by age, severity of autistic symptomatology and number of spoken words. They were initially randomly allocated to the computer or book condition and crossed over at 10 weeks.

Symbly Go
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Dino-Store Storybook App
  • Accessibility
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)