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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
Emotions Reader
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
You're the Storyteller: The Surprise Home (single user)
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Typing Fun
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal

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.

First Words International
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Stories About Me
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Drillaby Articulation Game
  • Recreation
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Andrew Answers
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research
Talk About It Objects Home (single user)
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Visual Steps
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Windows Phone
  • All Ages
Melodic Based Communication Therapy
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Healthcare Communication App
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • All Ages
Verbal Victor
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Social Emotional Exchange (S.E.E.)
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Expedition with Plurals
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Choiceworks
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

Video Self-Prompting and Mobile Technology to Increase Daily Living and Vocational Independence for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Three male high school students with autism spectrum disorders participated in this study. Vocational and daily living skills were taught using video prompting via an iPhone. Specifically, using a washing machine, making noodles, and using a copy machine were taught. A multiple probe design across behaviors replicated across participants was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention. Results indicate that the three participants increased performance across all behaviors by increasing the percent of steps performed independently.