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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
Receptive Colours
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
Receptive Labels
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
reQall
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

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.

Rhyming Words by Teach Speech Apps
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
Rhythm Rooms
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Rosita's Jump Count
  • Math Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Routinely
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

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.

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.

Samba
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • All Ages
SAMSUNG LOOK AT ME
  • Social Skills
  • Android
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Say it & Mail it Pro Recorder for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Say Some More
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Scene & Heard
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
School Skills
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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

sci-Shot Global Crowd Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • All Ages