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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
Alphabetimals - Pocket Animal Alphabet
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
Animal Train for Toddlers
  • Recreation
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
FreeSpeech
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Pictograms
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
TonePad
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
iAdvocate
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
RxmindMe
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

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.

Big Day Lite
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Voice Reminders! VoCal XL
  • Organizer
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal

PDA Software Aimed at Improving Workplace Adaptation for People with Cognitive Disabilities

This article presents the objectives, methodology and results of a project aimed at improving personal autonomy and adaptation to the workplace of people with cognitive disabilities. These people may have difficulties to be independent in various areas of life, especially at the workplace. Many of these problems are related to issues such as time control, independence in performing tasks, work habits, interpersonal communication, etc. To promote autonomy in these areas, the tool GTT (Time and Task Manager) has been developed.

JABtalk
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
Social Skills for Autism
  • Social Skills
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
Symbly Go
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal
Dino-Store Storybook App
  • Accessibility
  • Language
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Children (6-12)
Smart Steps Mobile
  • Social Skills
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Communication
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • Organizer
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
Talking English
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Android
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal