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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
HandySpeech
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
TapSpeak Sequence for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Picture AAC
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
Odd One Out Pack
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Injini: Child Development Game Suite
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
ProxTalker App
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Evidence

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.

Behavior Tracker Pro
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Research

Effectiveness of a multimedia programme and therapist-instructed training for children with autism

The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an interactive multimedia training programme and a conventional therapist-instructed training in improving the learning behaviours of children with autism. A multiple-subject, single case-study time-series research design was adopted in the study. Six children with autism, aged 2 years 4 months to 2 years 10 months, were recruited by convenience sampling. They attended a 12-session training programme on basic concepts (e.g.

MetaTouch
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Picture AAC
  • Communication
  • Anecdotal
ArtikPix
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Apps for Autism: An Essential Guide to over 200 Effective Apps
  • Language
  • Book
  • Anecdotal
Talking Cards for iPad
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Key Word Kids
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
AAC Speech Buddy
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Circles App™
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • All Ages