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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
Put It Away!
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Anecdotal

Using a Personal Digital Assistant to Enhance the Independence of an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome

The Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), while in use in the mainstream population, is not generallyutilized by individuals with disabilities. Using a multiple-baseline design across settings we tested effectivenessof using a PDA to increase the independence of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Results indicateduse of the PDA was effective in decreasing the student?s reliance on adults to complete tasks at home and atschool

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.

Tellagami
  • Recreation
  • Social Skills
  • Communication
  • Creative Arts
  • Language
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal

Do adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders adhere to social conventions in virtual environments?

The potential for using virtual environments (VEs) in educational contexts for people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been recognized. However, very little is known about how people with ASDs interpret and understand VEs. This study aimed to investigate this directly with a group of 12 adolescents with ASDs, each individually matched with comparison participants.

Birdhouse for Autism
  • Organizer
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Interactive Touch Books for Kids
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
Tapgram
  • Social Skills
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Android
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Onions
  • Recreation
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • All Ages
Songify
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal
ANDDS (Autism and Developmental Disorder Screening)
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Preschool (2-5)
  • Anecdotal
StepByStep from SOAR Therapy
  • Accessibility
  • Educational
  • Functional Skills
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Anecdotal
Social Success iPad App
  • Social Skills
  • iPad
  • Children (6-12)
  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults (18+)
FreeSpeech
  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Language
  • iPad
  • All Ages
  • Anecdotal
Pictograms
  • Communication
  • Android
  • Anecdotal
TonePad
  • Creative Arts
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • iTouch
  • Anecdotal