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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
AbaPlanet
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Speech Assistant
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Rhythm Rooms
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
GPS Tracker
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Learn with Rufus: Fun and Games
  • Recreation
  • Creative Arts
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Research

Using iPods and iPads in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review

We conducted a systematic review of studies that involved iPods(®), iPads(®), and related devices (e.g., iPhones(®)) in teaching programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The search yielded 15 studies covering five domains: (a) academic, (b) communication, (c) employment, (d) leisure, and (e) transitioning across school settings. The 15 studies reported outcomes for 47 participants, who ranged from 4 to 27 years of age and had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability.

Puppet Pals
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Autism Speech DiegoSays
  • Communication
  • Android
  • 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.

TuneWiki- Lyrics + Radio
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iComm
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
WeatherStation Free
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
June Blossom: ABC Coloring Book
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

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.

Computers at Work iPad App
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Speak4it
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Model Me Going Places
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
MagnusCards
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)