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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
Picsmart
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
Learn with Rufus: Groups and Categories
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • 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.

BoardBuilder
  • Accessibility
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
iMean
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Sequences for Autism
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Word SLaPps
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
One Step Two Step
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • Recreation
  • 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.

iAugComm
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
Visules
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Evidence

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.

Intro to Cursive
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal
Diary Journal
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Keyboard Fun
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
The-NO-App™
  • Accessibility
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
Attainment SWITCH App
  • Accessibility
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)