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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
Sign Me A Story
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Children (6-12)
  • Anecdotal
Draw Emotions
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Anecdotal
Dino-Store Storybook App
  • Accessibility
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA)
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Research
MyRoutine
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
FlipBoard: Your Social News Magazine
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Poke Me! HD
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
ABA Flashcards
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • 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.

Speech Magnet Text to Speech
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
JabberTalk Word Board
  • Communication
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
BrainPop Featured Movie
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iHowTo-Book
  • Social Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Mini Mystery Readers iPad App
  • Language
  • iPad
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Endless Alphabet
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • 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.

Data Collecting
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal