Best Autism Apps For iPad, iPhone and Android in 2019

This list of mobile applications has been compiled to help those living with autism and their families navigate daily challenges, enhance learning, and educate themselves on autism. Only the best apps for autism were selected.

These apps are designed for use by individuals with autism aged from two years old to adults. Links to the app developer’s websites as well as to iTunes and the Google Play store have been attached for easy navigation.

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Educational Apps for Kids and Parents

This list of educational apps covers a variety of academic subjects from beginning phonics and answering “W” questions to math and life skills. Most of these apps are formatted to be played as games with the help of fun mascots.

Autism Parenting Magazine – For you and your child

iOS rating: 3.7
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Android rating: 3.8
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Developer’s Website: https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/
Categories: Educational, Behavioral Intervention, Autism Awareness

Description: Having a child with autism is one of the biggest challenges a parent has to face, and we know the value of receiving support from your community. With more than 65,000 readers, Autism Parenting Magazine is more than a magazine. We are a community that is there for you. We want the best for you and your child. Download the APM autism app today.

Autism iHelp – Colors

iOS rating: 2.0
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational

Description: This app was developed by parents of a child with autism and a speech pathologist. Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid. It was inspired by the need for language intervention tools for children with autism whose first words just don’t come. This app includes 72 real-world photos. It has two learning enhancement activities presented as games that focus on vocabulary retention. At the same time, it enhances auditory and visual memory. Parents can access progress reports of their child’s performance on the last three activities he/she completed.

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games

iOS rating: 4.6
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Android rating: 4.6
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Developer’s Website: http://www.77sparx.com/
Categories: Educational, Speech, Entertainment, Functional Skills

Description: Puzzingo is a fun app for autism that has lots of interactive puzzles animations. Unlike jigsaw puzzles, every Puzzingo puzzle piece has a name. This is so children will build their vocabulary while playing. The app is available in different languages and is well suited for bilingual families looking for tools to help children reinforce a second language. It’s also great for the child who needs additional support learning their first language. The app teaches spatial recognition, fine motor skills, memory, and cognitive skills.

First Words Sampler

iOS rating: 3.8
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.learningtouch.com/
Categories: Educational, Games, Entertainment

Description: First Words Sampler gives your child a head start learning letters and words. The game teaches kids how letters relate to sounds and how to spell words. The game includes beautiful illustrations, entertaining sounds, and high-quality recordings of letters and words.

Toddlers Food Games – EduKitchen

iOS rating: 4.1
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.cubicfrog.com/
Categories: Educational, Games, Entertainment

Description: This app simulates cooking and kitchen skills while incorporating counting, direction following, and sorting. Children have access to 18 games that will exercise their executive planning skills.

3D Brain

iOS rating: 4.1
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Android rating: 4.2
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Developer’s Website: http://www.cshl.edu/
Categories: Educational

Description: Use your touch screen to rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Discover how each brain region functions, what happens when it is injured, and how it is involved in mental illness. Each detailed structure comes with information on functions, disorders, brain damage, case studies, and links to modern research. This app was made by Vivid Apps and AXS Biomedical Animation Studio for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory DNA Learning Center. It was produced for the Genes to Cognition (G2C) website funded by the Dana Foundation and Hewlett Foundation.

Autism Therapy with MITA

iOS rating: 4.4
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://imagiration.com/
Categories: Games, Educational, Speech, Entertainment

Description: This autism app is pediatrician-recommended. It includes bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate features of an object. This is an ability proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. MITA is based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), one of the best-supported therapies for children diagnosed with ASD. The puzzles target three of four critical areas of development supported by PRT: response to multiple cues, motivation, and self-management. The most critical achievement is for a child’s ability to notice and respond to many visual cues presented simultaneously. This ability is usually absent in individuals with autism. This leads to what is commonly described as “stimulus over selectivity” or “tunnel vision.”

StoryBots – Learning Books, Videos and Games Starring Your Child!

iOS rating: 4
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Android rating: n/a
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Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: The StoryBots iPad app makes learning fun for kids 3-8 years of age. It has over 250 educational books, videos, and games featuring characters from the hit Netflix original series, “Ask the StoryBots” and “StoryBots Super Songs.” StoryBots helps your child practice literacy and math skills. There are also sections that explore science, history, behaviors, and more. You can add your child’s photo and name so you can make them the star of the show!

Preschool Games – Farm Animals by Photo Touch

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.grasshopperapps.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational, Games

Description: Photo Touch is an exciting educational game that helps your child quickly learn words by sight, sound, and touch. Parents can customize the app to suit the child’s sensitivities. You can make it speak in his/her voice or exclude images he/she does not like. Wrong answers do not interfere with gameplay. Multi-sensory input can be adjusted to meet your child’s comfort and needs.

Learning Videos by StoryBots – Educational Games and ABC Music for Kids, Preschool, Toddler

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.jibjab.com/ecards
Categories: Educational, Games, Entertainment

Description: Learning Videos by StoryBots lets your kids learn a ton while having fun with videos you’ll feel good about giving them. Musical videos feature concepts like time, outer space, how the body works, vehicles and animals, and more. Kids will have a blast with these bite-sized videos featuring characters that keep them laughing and learning.

Baby Sign and Sing – ASL Nursery Rhymes

iOS rating: 4.3
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.babysignandlearn.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: Your baby or toddler will love signing along with the adorable Baby Sign and Learn animated characters in the Baby Sign and Sing nursery rhymes app. This free app includes one nursery rhyme (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). There is an option to purchase an add-on pack to unlock the rest of the popular nursery rhymes.

Happy Teeth, Healthy Smiles – Tooth Brushing Fun

iOS rating: 4.4
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.tabtale.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This fun and interactive app encourages children to care for their teeth and stay healthy. It has seven creative activities they can do. It was developed alongside certified pediatric dentists and experienced educators. This app will help children learn how brushing their teeth removes bacteria. It also helps them identify healthy foods that keep their teeth strong.

Jade Autism

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 4.6
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Developer’s Website: http://jadeautism.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: Jade is an app for stimulating and developing autistic and down syndrome children. The game was designed by Ronaldo Cohin, father of an autistic child, and has the validation and collaboration of a speech therapist, Adriana Mallini. Jade uses association games, where the child must find the answers among categories such as Animals, Food, Colors, Numbers, Letters and Forms, thus stimulating reasoning and cognitive and logical development.

Learn with Rufus: Groups and Categories

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.rufusrobot.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: Learn with Rufus encourages children to have fun while learning colors, shapes, and other groups of common objects. Children will learn a mix of typical and less typical examples to help them form broad categories and learn generalization. The game is highly customizable to meet the needs of children with varying skills, ability levels, and learning styles.

Learn with Rufus: Fun and Games

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: 3.9
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Developer’s Website: http://www.rufusrobot.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: Learn with Rufus: Fun and Games is a collection of diversions for when studying is over or a brain-break is needed. The “toys” from the educational apps are brought together for fun and frivolity.

Color, What?

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: http://www.rufusrobot.com/
Categories: Educational

Description: Use this app to determine the color of an object. Take a picture or use a photo from your gallery and get a full description of the color selected.

Upper Case S – Autism Series

iOS rating: 3.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.sourceabled.com/
Categories: Educational

Description: Upper Case S introduces children to the upper case alphabet via ten activities and small animations, allowing users to progress towards literacy. The app is specially designed for toddlers and children with special needs, with simple instructions and colorful visuals.

Autism TMI Virtual Reality Experience

iOS rating: 2.7
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.happyfinish.com/
Categories: Educational

Description: This virtual reality experience was created in collaboration with autistic people to show what it’s like to receive too much information.

Autism Education (AutEdu)

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Behavioral Intervention, Autism Awareness

Description: This app enhances communication between families and their child’s teacher to ensure harmonious home and school interventions. The child’s data help educators see a larger picture of their student’s life and behavioral patterns.

Autism Read & Write

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 3.8
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Developer’s Website: http://greenbubbledeveloperapp.blogspot.com/
Categories: Educational

Description: Autism Read & Write helps children on the spectrum learn the basics of reading and writing. The lessons help children build their skills as they go through the app.

Autism Aid App

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 4.5
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Developer’s Website: http://autismambassadors.org.gh/
Categories: Educational

Description: This app has three main features. First, it is designed to help families seek help in an emergency. Second, it can help children on the spectrum enhance their communication skills. Third, it helps bring awareness of services available for families and individual children.

TSARA Autisme

iOS rating: 4
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Android rating: 4.5
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Developer’s Website: http://www.creai-aquitaine.org/
Categories: Educational

Description: Only available in French. TSARA is the first video game designed for caregivers of people with autism. The game brings awareness to the unique way people on the spectrum see the world. It also gives context to their reactions to different stimuli.

Autism iHelp – Sounds

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Sounds integrates auditory and visual stimuli. It emphasizes connecting images with their accompanying sound. It consists of three groups of learning concepts paired with their corresponding sound. These three groups of concepts include eight common animals, eight common environmental sounds, and eight musical instruments.

Autism Read & Write Pro

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: http://greenbubbledeveloperapp.blogspot.com/
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: This is the full version of Autism Read & Write. This application is intended to help children learn the basics of reading and writing.

Kids Learning Box: Preschool

iOS rating: 4.8

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Android rating: 4.5
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Developer’s Website: http://kidsappbox.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational, Math Skills

Description: Kids Learning Box is an all-in-one app where children can learn through play. Games include memory matching cards, color and shape flashcards, and month and day games. Children have the option to color as they learn and save copies of their achievements as they progress.

Speech Apps and Communication Apps for Autism

The speech section of this list includes apps designed to help children develop preliminary language skills and communicate with those around them. Many of these apps use stories and are customizable to your child’s skill level.

Autism and PDD Concepts Lite

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 3.5
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Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Speech

Description: This app contains content from the hugely-popular Buddy Bear software and storybook series. It focuses on reading comprehension and answering multiple choice who, what, where, when, and how questions.

Autism iHelp – WH Questions

iOS rating: 2.6

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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – WH Questions consists of questions paired with appropriate real-world picture responses to help children answer who, what, where, when, and why. This app includes several photos and questions chosen based on established expressive language milestones.

Autism iHelp – Play

iOS rating: 3.7
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Android rating: 4
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: This app integrates real-world photographs (with written labels that can be turned on or off) to encourage the connection between visual stimuli and the written word. The app is geared for toddlers and those acquiring their first language skills.

Autism iHelp – Language Concepts

iOS rating: 3.2
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Language Concepts targets fundamental vocabulary building concepts in a variety of formats. While utilizing real-life photographs, this app requires the learner to demonstrate more than just basic understanding of targeted vocabulary during manipulation activities involving categorization and sorting skills. Additionally, parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each learning enhancement activity.

Autism iHelp – Comprehension

iOS rating: 4.3
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Comprehension targets fundamental receptive language skills in a variety of formats. While utilizing real-life photographs, this app requires the learner to listen and follow directions of varying complexity. Options include written directions and verbally presented directions. Additionally, parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each learning enhancement activity.

Autism iHelp – Same and Different

iOS rating: 3.8
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech

Description: Autism iHelp – Same and Different targets fundamental vocabulary building concepts in a variety of formats. While utilizing real-life photographs, this app teaches discrimination skills as well as direct and indirect matching. The three games in this app are: finding a matching picture, finding a shadow that matches the picture, and finding the one that is different in a field of four. Parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each learning enhancement activity.

Autism and PDD Basic Questions Lite

iOS rating: 3.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Speech

Description: This Buddy Bear app helps children with autism spectrum disorder understand basic wh- question forms. It also helps develop early communication skills in joint attention and reciprocity. This app includes simple, predictable language, uncluttered illustrations, reassuring audio narration, open-ended responses, engaging animation, and sound effects.

Autism & PDD Yes/No Questions Lite

iOS rating: 3
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/

Description: This app teaches yes/no questions and develops joint attention, reciprocity, and early language skills. Each answer screen has two Buddy Bears—one is nodding “yes,” and the other is shaking his head “no.” Children touch the Buddy Bear who answers the question correctly.

Autism iHelp – Opposites

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Opposites targets fundamental vocabulary building skills in a variety of formats. In this app, the learner is introduced to the concept of opposites. During the practice stage, the app uses real-world photographs to label opposites. In the actual game, the student needs to choose the given opposite in a field of choices. Parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each learning enhancement activity.

Articulation Station

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://littlebeespeech.com/
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Created by a certified speech-language pathologist, Articulation Station is a full-featured articulation app designed to help children, as well as adults, learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. Beautiful, high-quality images represent target words to be practiced in fun-filled activities with the assistance of a speech-language pathologist, teacher, or parent.

Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives Lite

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Games, Speech, Educational

Description: Buddy Bear helps children compare and contrast items and learn descriptive vocabulary and morphological word endings (“-er” and “-est”). Five interactive stories develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language skills. The stories include these vocabulary concepts: What Buddy Bear Sees, What Buddy Bear Finds, What Buddy Bear Likes, What Buddy Bear Has, and What Buddy Bear Does.

Autism iHelp – Comparatives & Superlatives

iOS rating: 3.7
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Games, Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Comparatives & Superlatives is an app that introduces the understanding and use of adjectives. Comparatives (ending in-er) compare two things while Superlatives (ending in -est) compare three or more things. Additionally, parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each learning activity.

Autism & PDD Grammar Lite

iOS rating: 3
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Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Games, Speech, Educational

Description: Use Buddy Bear to practice grammar skills and develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language. The app has five stories. Each story features one of these grammar forms: present progressive verbs, regular past tense verbs, regular plural nouns, personal pronouns, and negation.

Autism iHelp – Rhyming Words

iOS rating: 3.0
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Games, Speech, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Rhyming Words targets much-needed pre-reading concepts including identifying and differentiating sounds in words, hearing beginning and ending sounds, and mastering the skill of rhyming. Additionally, parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances of each activity.

Avaz – Free AAC App for Autism

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: 3.9
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Social Skill

Description: Avaz, a full-featured AAC app, was created for children who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking. Avaz has a vision of making every voice heard! Avaz is child and caregiver-friendly and helps therapists and educators bring out the maximum potential in children with autism.

Autism & PDD Opposites Lite

iOS rating: 3
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Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Speech, Social Skills

Description: Speech-language pathologists and educators appreciate this app’s specialized learning format for children with ASD. It teaches techniques for contrasting opposite pairs, vocabulary, and concepts, and develops joint attention, reciprocity, and early language skills in five stories.

One-Minute Articulation App

iOS rating: 4.8

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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: https://www.thespeechsolution.com/
Categories: Speech

Description: This highly rated app makes daily speech and articulation practice fast, easy, and engaging because it only takes 1-minute to practice 60 or more target sounds. Research shows children who use High Frequency, Short Duration practice of target sounds are dismissed from speech therapy over 8 months sooner than children in traditional programs. This app was created for parents, teachers, and speech-language pathologists. The focus of each round is to elicit as many correct responses as possible from a child in the shortest amount of time to establish correct and consistent production of sounds and to change speech patterns.

See.Touch.Learn.

iOS rating: 2.9
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.brainparade.com/
Categories: Speech, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This app focuses on visual instruction for students with autism. Educators can replace their flashcards with the 4,400 pictures and 2,200 exercises developed by professionals and create custom lessons using the starter library, or purchase any of 50 individual libraries.

VAST Autism 1 – Core

iOS rating: 2
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.speakinmotion.com/
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: The VAST-Autism app provides therapy to students with autism and motor speech programming disorders such as apraxia. VAST-Autism combines video modeling with written words and auditory cues to help individuals acquire relevant words, phrases, and sentences so they can speak for themselves.

Pictello – Talking visual story creator

iOS rating: 3.9
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.assistiveware.com/
Categories: Speech, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Pictello provides an easy way to create “social stories” from the images and videos in your device’s photo library. Simply decide on a story topic with your child and choose the “Wizard” or “Expert” to guide you through the process. Your photo books can be shared through iTunes, Dropbox, or Pictello’s universal server.

First Words Animals

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://learningtouch.com/
Categories: Speech, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: First Words Animals will help your child: develop fine motor skills, learn to recognize and match letters, learn the names of letters, learn the sounds English letters make (phonics), and learn how to spell words. Of course, they won’t just be learning, they will also be laughing and having fun with 45 of their favorite animal friends, beautifully illustrated and matched with entertaining animal sounds.

Proloquo2Go – Symbol-based AAC

iOS rating: 4.8
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.assistiveware.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: Proloquo2Go provides a voice to individuals who cannot speak. It is designed to promote language development and grow communication skills. Its innovative features support users, parents, teachers, and therapists and allow quickly personalization of the vocabulary and settings.

Proloquo4Text – Text-based AAC

iOS rating: 4.7
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Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.assistiveware.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: Proloquo4Text is a text-based app that gives a voice to literate children, teens, and adults who cannot speak. The app is designed to enable easy conversation and full participation in society. It achieves this through a customizable single screen layout with quick access to personal phrases, word and sentence prediction, and other effort-saving features.

News-2-You

iOS rating: 4.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.assistiveware.com/
Categories: Speech, Educational, Entertainment, Games

Description: News-2-You is the weekly newspaper for beginning readers and special needs students. Every week, students can connect with the world through concise symbol-supported news articles, puzzles, games, and recipes. The news stories provide stimulating information on reader-friendly topics.

All About Me Storybook

iOS rating: 2
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: This app helps children learn important personal information like their name, address, phone number, and parent’s name. It is ideal for young children learning their personal information for the first time and those with developmental delays such as language impairment, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, PDD-NOS, autism, and Down syndrome.

FTVS HD – First Then Visual Schedule HD

iOS rating: 3.6
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.goodkarmaapplications.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: This app is an excellent teaching tool that allows you to create visual supports for lessons. Features include: first then boards, visual schedules, task analyses, social stories, choice boards, and video models.

Aacorn AAC

iOS rating: 4.8
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: http://www.aacornapp.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: Aacorn AAC uses a visual interface called the Word Tree to help nonverbal children make word choices and structure sentences by themselves. The app models language skills and focuses on the relationships and connections between words.

Conversation Therapy

iOS rating: 5
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: https://tactustherapy.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: This app allows users to work more effectively toward speech therapy goals by helping them practice and understand how to start, lead, and hold full conversations. It’s variety of topics and versatile design makes it great for people who have had a stroke, live with autism, or have a speech or language impairment to get talking with an app that sparks conversation. Some benefits/uses include:

  • Access to a tool that helps adults, teens, and children put therapy strategies into practice
  • Improves language, social skills, speech, and thinking
  • Can carry over lessons from speech therapy at home in a way that’s easy for everyone to use
  • Focus on what matters – stop racking your brain for fresh topics and let the app guide you
  • Take things in any direction with thousands of possible conversation starters
  • Create the right experience for each person with age settings, custom content, and more
  • Talk one-on-one, host groups of up to 4 at a time, and track improvement with ease

Autism Therapy with MITA

iOS rating: 4.4
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Android rating: 4.6
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Developer’s Website: http://imagiration.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech, Educational

Description: This app uses game-like exercises to introduce 10 nouns in a variety of combinations to develop long-range cortical connections essential for the understanding of full language. Learning new words can be done throughout your child’s whole life. However, the development of long-range cortical connections essential for understanding syntax has a short, critical period which occurs in early childhood.

LetMeTalk: Free AAC Talker

iOS rating: 3.6
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Android rating: 4.4
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Developer’s Website: http://www.letmetalk.info/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: A free AAC talker app that supports communication in all areas of life and provides a voice to anyone. LetMeTalk enables users to line up images in a meaningful way to read rows of images as a sentence.

ABC Kids – Tracing & Phonics

iOS rating: 4.6
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Android rating: 4.5
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Developer’s Website: http://www.rvappstudios.com/
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: ABC Kids is a free phonics and alphabet teaching app that makes learning fun for children, from toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. It features a series of tracing games to help kids recognize letter shapes, associate them with phonic sounds, and put their alphabet knowledge to use in fun matching exercises.

AAC Autism myVoiceCommunicator

iOS rating: n/a
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Android rating: 4
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Developer’s Website: https://www.facebook.com/AppHouse-Software-108851589193306/
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: With AAC Autism app, turn your android device into an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. AAC Autism is designed to aide non-verbal children and adults with communication. This app has been preloaded with pictures to touch and includes a “manual” tool for people who can spell and just want the app to speak what they typed.

Autism iHelp – Home

iOS rating: 2
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Android rating: 3
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: Autism iHelp – Home includes real-life photos of common household items for dining and from the bathroom and family room. These everyday images can be used for requesting, labeling, or as a communication aid.

Autism iHelp – Animals

iOS rating: 4
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Android rating: 5
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Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: The Autism iHelp – Animals app includes real-life pictures of farm animals, zoo animals, and common pets for non-verbal individuals to use for labeling, categorizing animals, and talking about the sounds they make.

Avaz Pro – AAC App for Autism

iOS rating: 4.4
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Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.avazapp.com/
Categories: Educational, Speech

Description: Avaz, a full-featured AAC app, has been developed for children who are non-verbal or who have difficulty speaking. Avaz has been designed with the vision of making every voice heard. Avaz is child- and caregiver-friendly and helps therapists and educators to bring out the maximum potential in children.

Social Stories and Social Skills Apps

Social skills can be especially hard for a child on the spectrum to master. The apps listed below cover a variety of situations and interactions a child may have and offer solutions children can practice through games.

APDD PS & LASS – Community

iOS rating: 1.5
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Android rating: n/a
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Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skill, Functional Skill, Entertainment

Description: This app uses the loveable characters Matt and Molly to provide functional education for children with special needs on the autism appropriate behaviors when out and about in eight interactive lessons. Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills “stick,” showing children the right and wrong ways to act in situations that occur in the community. This minimizes gray areas of social interaction thanks to the concrete separation of good and bad behaviours. Each story is followed by three fully-narrated language activities that provide immediate audio and visual feedback. Scores and progress can be tracked.

APDD PS & LASS – Family

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/

Description: This app uses the loveable characters Matt and Molly to provide functional education for children with special needs on the autism appropriate behaviors for interacting with family in eight interactive lessons. Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills “stick,” showing children the right and wrong ways to act when developing familial relationships. This minimizes gray areas of social interaction thanks to the concrete separation of good and bad behaviours. Each story is followed by three fully-narrated language activities that provide immediate audio and visual feedback. Scores and progress can be tracked.

APDD PS & LASS – Friends

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skill, Functional Skill, Entertainment

Description: This app uses the loveable characters Matt and Molly to provide functional education for children with special needs on the autism appropriate behaviors for interacting with friends in eight interactive lessons. Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills “stick,” showing children the right and wrong ways to act when making and maintaining friendships. This minimizes gray areas of social interaction thanks to the concrete separation of good and bad behaviours. Each story is followed by three fully-narrated language activities that provide immediate audio and visual feedback. Scores and progress can be tracked.

APDD PS & LASS – Home

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skill, Functional Skill, Entertainment

Description: This app uses the loveable characters Matt and Molly to provide functional education for children with special needs on the autism appropriate behaviors for home in eight interactive lessons. Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills “stick,” showing children the right and wrong ways to act in situations that occur at home. This minimizes gray areas of social interaction thanks to the concrete separation of good and bad behaviours. Each story is followed by three fully-narrated language activities that provide immediate audio and visual feedback. Scores and progress can be tracked.

APDD PS & LASS – School

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skill, Functional Skill, Entertainment

Description: This app uses the loveable characters Matt and Molly to provide functional education for children with special needs on the autism appropriate behaviors for school in eight interactive lessons. Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills “stick,” showing children the right and wrong ways to act in situations that occur at school. This minimizes gray areas of social interaction thanks to the concrete separation of good and bad behaviours. Each story is followed by three fully-narrated language activities that provide immediate audio and visual feedback. Scores and progress can be tracked.

Autism Emotion

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.modelmekids.com/
Categories: Functional Skill, Educational, Entertainment, Social Skill

Description: This app uses music and photographs to help users identify and learn about emotions. Featured emotions include happy, sad, proud, and calm.

Bob Books Reading Magic Lite

iOS rating: 3.2
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://bobbooks.com/
Categories: Speech, Educational

Description: Bob Books Reading Magic helps build confidence in a child’s reading skills by focusing on the building blocks of reading: phonics. This interactive app features the popular Bob Books characters in full animation and uses a simple drag-drop interface easily accessible to children as young as preschool.

Baby Sign and Learn

iOS rating: 3.9
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.babysignandlearn.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Educational

Description: The Baby Sign and Learn app features animated video demonstrations that will captivate your child and help him/her learn sign language. Practice games and interactive quizzes will inspire your child to sign with the aid of the colorful flashcards. This autism app uses keyword signs and allows you to specify your preferred sign language dialect.

Autism 5-Point Scale EP

iOS rating: 4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://mn.gov/mnddc/
Categories: Social Skills, Games, Educational

Description: This app utilizes the 5 Point Scale, to help individuals communicate and regulate their level of anxiety while taking appropriate steps to be safe without the need to be verbal. Screens are color-coded with different facial expressions, increasing based on the emergency or situation. Levels of “emergencies,” photos, and responses can be individualized for each family with the option to record a caretaker’s voice giving directions.

Toca Life: Vacation

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This app allows users to simulate the steps and processes of going on a vacation from going to airport security to exploring a beach upon arrival. A collection of 34 available characters and a variety of destinations give children the option to customize their holiday and for fun or familiarization before an upcoming trip.

Toca Life: Town

iOS rating: 4.2
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Social Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This interactive app allows users to create and explore the town and its surrounding areas. Animated characters join the child on their adventures to cook in restaurants, go camping, play games, and more.

Toca Life: City

iOS rating: 4.6
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.7
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Social Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Toca Life: City provides six locations for children to explore with 35 customizable characters. In this interactive app, children have the option to try new hairstyles and outfits, enjoy diverse foods, go shopping, and even write a play for the local theatre.

Autism iHelp – Shapes

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Speech, Games, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Shapes is a first wordlearning app that includes groups of pictures categorized by specific shape. This app helps distinguish and identify common items by shapes and allows increased environmental generalization. This app also includes two Learning Enhancement activities. These learning activities are presented in a game-like format. These games check retention of the learned vocabulary and integrate auditory and visual memory.

Bitsboard Flashcards & Games

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://bitsboard.com/
Categories: Games, Speech, Educational

Description: This customizable app allows users to take advantage of 25+ educational tools and games. Content to study can be inputted and changed by the user as they progress. Bitsboard tracks your progress, supports multiple users, and has extensive accessibility options, making it an excellent tool for any learning style.

Dr. Panda Town

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: 4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://tiltangames.com/
Categories: Life, Social Skills, Educational

Description: Dr. Panda Town is an interactive town with assorted environments for children to explore from the ice cream stand in the park to the treasure chest in your attic. Activities include making a gourmet meal for your friends, customizing outfits for dress up, playing hide and seek, and inviting friends over for a slumber party. Adventures are customizable with no in-app ads or time limits.


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Baby Sign Language Dictionary – Lite Edition

iOS rating: 4.4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.babysignandlearn.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Educational

Description: This app allows you an opportunity to sample the many features of Baby Sign Language Dictionary and to try a few signs with your child, including 40 real-life signing video demonstrations. The friendly presenters will help you to learn to sign with your baby in an engaging and enjoyable way. The keyword signs demonstrated in this video dictionary are based on American Sign Language (ASL). All signs have been carefully selected for their ease of use, helpfulness to carers, and appropriateness for a baby’s interests and daily routine.

Social Skills for Autism

iOS rating: 2
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://shineireland.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Educational

Description: The Social Skills for Autism app is based on a central character called Kloog, whose spaceship crash lands on Earth. Kloog is totally unfamiliar with our social skills and customs. The app user must help Kloog who is a slightly clumsy but lovable alien through a series of 17 lesson plans, let’s discuss sections, and quizzes so he can get parts and fuel for his ship and return to his home planet. The app is also fun and reward-driven as the user unlocks a part for Kloog’s ship each time they complete a lesson plan and can also unlock a funny video featuring Kloog once the user completes a full mission.

Toca Life: Pets

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Social Skills, Functional Skills, Educational

Description: Toca Life: Pets introduces children to pet care, types of pets, and pet activities. The interactive app allows users to explore the pet park, go to the vet, visit the pet breeder, lodge pets at the pet hotel, and go shopping. A variety of animated characters will help them through their day as children gain confidence in how to interact with and care for pets.

Toca Life: Neighborhood

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Social Skills, Functional Skills, Educational

Description: Toca Life: Neighborhood introduces children to the adventures they can have in a neighborhood. The interactive app allows users to move into and decorate an apartment, eat in the local cafe, and meet new friends. A variety of animated characters will help them through their day as children gain confidence in a neighborhood setting.

Toca Life: School

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Social Skills, Functional Skills, Educational

Description: Toca Life School introduces children to the adventures they will have in school. The interactive app allows students to explore the school’s hallways, eat in the cafeteria, play in the school band, and wait on the curb for their ride home. A variety of animated characters will help them through their day as children gain confidence in a school setting.

Toca Life: Hospital

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Social Skills, Functional Skills, Educational

Description: The Toca Life: Hosptial app explores the beginning and end of life and everything in between. Users can welcome a new baby and familiarize themselves with how a new baby is cared for or learn how to say goodbye to someone in the farewell room in a peaceful setting. The app also addresses those “in between” moments of going for a check-up and getting an x-ray or CAT scan. Users are familiarized with the layout of hospitals as well as their many functions.

Learn with Rufus: Emotions

iOS rating: 1
iOS Link
Android rating: No Star Rating
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.rufusrobot.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational, Social Skills

Description: Learn with Rufus: Feelings and Emotions aims to help children learn the facial expressions that correspond to feelings and emotions including happy, sad, angry, afraid, disgusted, and surprised. Children will learn how to identify easier fully-formed emotions and more difficult, subtle emotions. The game is highly customizable to meet the needs of children with varying skills, ability levels, and learning styles.

Learn with Rufus: Boys and Girls

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: No Star Rating
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.rufusrobot.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational, Social Skills

Description: Learn with Rufus: Boys and Girls aims to help children learn the facial features that correspond to boys and girls. Children will learn how to identify gender from faces with typical and atypical features. The game is highly customizable to meet the needs of children with varying skills, ability levels, and learning styles.

e-Mintza

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.fundacionorange.es/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: E-Mintza is a customizable and dynamic system of augmentative and alternative communication directed at people with autism or with barriers to oral or written communication. It allows the user to communicate with other people through the use of touch and multimedia technology, adapting easily to the needs of its users. It also promotes its autonomy through a personalized agenda.

Model Me Going Places 2

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.modelmekids.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Educational

Description: Model Me Going Places is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior. Locations include the hairdresser, the mall, the doctor, the playground, the grocery store, and a restaurant.

The Social Express II

iOS rating: 2.6
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://thesocialexpress.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Educational

Description: The Social Express is an engaging, educational curriculum for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The curriculum is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life. Each fully-animated, interactive lesson targets one of many skills children and young adults need to learn to develop meaningful relationships and successfully navigate our social world.

i Get… My Classmates Photo Books

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… My Classmates Photo Books offers picture, text, and audio support to individuals learning about their classmates at school. Titles, text statements, and audio recordings can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Create books for students identifying students in homeroom, special classes, or after-school activities. These books offer the visual support needed for some children to retain or recall names.

i Get… My Community Vocabulary Photo Books

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Social Skills

Description: i Get… My Community Vocabulary Photo Books is an application offering picture, text, and audio support to individuals learning about their community. The app comes with three photo books; Community People, Community Places, and Community Objects. All photos can be replaced with custom photos. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification, expressive labeling, and providing the functions of community people. Personal photos of your local community members can be imported from the user’s photo album to add familiar faces. Also, if the child is not able to read the text associated with the photo, an audio feature allows the user to record a message for each icon using the device’s microphone.

i Get… My Family Photo Books

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… My Family Photo Books is an app that allows total customization of photo albums, offering picture, text, and audio support to individuals learning about people in their family. This app contains a photo album with nine pages labeled with the titles of immediate family members. All pages can be customized with your photos, titles, text, and audio. The app also allows unlimited photo pages or family photo album books of extended family members or groups of family members to help identify aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. This app can be used for a variety of purposes, including identification and receptive and expressive labeling.

i Get… My School Vocabulary Photo Books

iOS rating: 2
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… My School Vocabulary Photo Books is a photo album application offering picture, text, and audio support to individuals learning about their schools. Personal photos can be imported into the pages for the user. In addition, the ability to individualize all pages with your own titles and subtitles allows the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification, expressive labeling, and providing the functions of people at school. An audio feature allows the user to hear a pre-recorded message for each page using the device’s microphone.

i Get… My Schedules at School Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 1
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… My Schedules at School is a fully customizable application offering a photographic social skill story for individuals who need support in understanding the sequence of their school day. Forty-two icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events with the ability to customize each page by importing photos, changing titles, and adding text and audio. Additional custom pages can be added to the sequence of events. This app can be used for a variety of purposes, including identification and receptive and expressive labeling.

i Create… Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Create… Social Skills Stories is an application with the ability to customize sequential steps of a storyline for individuals who need help building their social skills. The app is designed to make unlimited personalized social skill story books by importing personal photos and adding titles, text, and audio to unlimited pages of your own story. All books can be re-arranged in an order specific to daily routines. Also, all the pages in the books can be re-arranged or hidden in the setting section to allow for changes to each of the storylines. The multi-user feature allows for custom social skill stories to be made for different individuals within the same application. This app can be used for a variety of purposes, including identification and receptive and expressive labeling. Also, the storybooks offer visual and audio support to help individuals recall steps of a storyline and answer questions about what they did. This supports conversation building skills.

i Get… Going to the Beach Vocabulary Photo Books and Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to the Beach is an application providing a photographic social skills story for individuals who need support in understanding going to the beach. Eighteen icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events, and the user can program additional pages to the book to add personal experiences. Text statements and audio recordings can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. In addition to the social story, two vocabulary books, “Packing List” and “Beach Objects”, have been added to work on labeling and identification. Personal photos can be added by importing them from the user’s photo album.

i Get… Going to Birthday Parties Vocabulary Photo Books and Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to Birthday Parties is an application providing photo vocabulary books and a social skill story for individuals who need support in understanding the process of a birthday party. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Personal photos can be added by the user with a camera ready Apple device or imported from the user’s photo album.

i Get … Going to the Grocery Store

iOS rating: 1
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to the Grocery Store is an application providing photo albums that include a social skill story, grocery vocabulary, and a grocery list for individuals who need support in understanding the process of going shopping at a grocery store. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Personal photos can be added by the user with a camera ready Apple device or imported from the user’s photo album.

i Get… Going to the Hospital and Accessing Child Life Services with Medical Photo Vocabulary and Preparation Books

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to the Hospital is an application providing a photo story for individuals who need help understanding the process of being admitted to the hospital. Also, photo books about child life services as well as objects and staff members relative to the hospital are included. Healthcare professionals and parents can add personal photos, text, and audio to all books or create custom books at their facility to help prepare children for hospital services/procedures.

i Get… Going to the Playground Vocabulary Photo Books and Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to the Playground is an application providing photo vocabulary books and a social skills story for individuals who need support in understanding things at a playground. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Personal photos can be added by the user with a camera ready Apple device or imported from the user’s photo album.

i Get… Going to a Restaurant Vocabulary Photo Books and Social Stories

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to a Restaurant is an application providing vocabulary photo books and a social story. This app can be personalized with books and stories for individuals who need support in understanding the process of going to a restaurant. Each page can be individualized for the user by importing personal photos and adding text and audio.

i Get… Valentine’s Day Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Valentine’s Day is an application providing a photographic social skill story for individuals who need support in understanding the process of Valentine’s Day. Twenty-seven icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events. Each page can be individualized for the user by adding personal photos, text, and audio.

i Get… Going to Fireworks

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Going to Fireworks is an application providing a photographic social skill story for individuals who need support in understanding the process of watching fireworks. Twelve icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Personal photos can be added by the user with a camera ready Apple device or imported from the user’s photo album.

i Get… Christmas Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get… Christmas is an application providing a photographic social skill story for individuals who need support in understanding the process of Christmas. Thirty pages with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events. Each page can be individualized for the user by adding personal photos, text, and audio.

TouchChat HD – AAC

iOS rating: 3.9
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.silver-kite.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Speech

Description: TouchChat HD is a full-featured communication solution for individuals who have difficulty using their natural voice. Words, phrases, and messages are spoken with a built-in voice synthesizer or by playing a recorded message. TouchChat also has a unique feature whereby one can simply tilt the device to make the message expand to fill the screen in large letters. This feature allows a person to communicate silently or in a noisy environment.

iCommunicate

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.grembe.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills, Speech

Description: This app allows users to design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards, and more. Audio can be recorded to accompany visuals.

EASe Personal Listening Therapy

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://audioforge.net/
Categories: Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention

Description: This app delivers short, intense bursts of sound (music) to decrease auditory hypersensitivity and help children cope with noisy environments and unpredictable soundscapes. Three versions of this app exist: Listening Therapy 3, Personal, and Pro. Each version offers varying levels of auditory stimulation.

ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.alligatorapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skills

Description: This app provides children with a simple and fun way to recognize 100 emotions. Users are taught how to understand and respond to these emotions once they have been identified.

Kid in Story Book Maker

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://enuma.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Social Skills

Description: Create and share customized picture storybooks with photos of your child or others as the main character. Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy.

Autism Help

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Social Skills

Description: This application enables parents of children with autism to help their child with his/her day to day needs of doing basic tasks like taking a shower, drinking water, recognizing objects, and following basic instructions for tasks. The application has audio and video options to better help the kids. Scientifically proven diagrams are used to aid in the development of cognitive skills for an autistic child.

Autism Talk – A Visual Communication Tool

iOS rating: 2.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://autismtalkapp.com/
Categories: Social Skills, Autism Awareness, Speech

Description:The AutismTalk App gives law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel an extra tool when responding to a call or an emergency situation regarding an individual with autism. The AutismTalk App is a Picture symbol-supported communication and interactive app which allows 1st responders to start communicating quickly and provide help to someone who is nonverbal.

Socky – Autism communication

iOS rating: 4.4
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.sockyapp.com/
Categories: Educational, Speech, Entertainment

Description: Socky is a personal assistant who helps teenagers find their words and remove social barriers that make social interactions difficult. Socky can send symbol-based messages, multiple-choice questions, and custom messages. Each message is text or symbol-to-speech to help bridge communication gaps.

SocialSkills for Autism Kloog 2

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.7
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.kloogsocialskills.com/
Categories: Educational, Social Skills, Entertainment

Description: This app addresses life and safety skills and answers questions about friendship. Users are taught how to respond to and recognize bullying, what a good friendship looks like, and how to identify a friend.

Functional Skills Apps

Functional skills encompass activities of daily living, including cooking, going to the store, and completing other daily tasks. This list provides apps for a variety of situations with which your child may need additional support. The apps offer ways children with many learning styles to become confident in their functional skills.

Autism iHelp – Sorting

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Functional Skills, Educational

Description: Autism iHelp – Sorting is a fun and interactive app that requires the learner to drag and drop items into the appropriately labeled ‘categorical’ box. This activity allows the learner another opportunity to generalize previously reviewed vocabulary through real-life photo images and improve categorization skills, divided attention, and visual processing. Additionally, parents can track their child’s gains through progress reports that average the last three performances.

Preschool Games – Farm Animals by Photo Touch

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.grasshopperapps.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Games, Educational, Entertainment

Description: This app is a multi-sensory learning tool that helps children learn animals with real, crisp photos. The game can be customized to include your child’s favorite animals, photos of family pets, and descriptions read in a caregiver’s voice.

My PlayHome Lite

iOS rating: 3.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Games, Educational, Entertainment

Description: This app is a modern doll house for the iGeneration. Every part of the house is usable including the closets, TV, and shower. This game is designed for children as young as two but can engage a child up to eight years old.

Autism and PDD Associations Lite

iOS rating: 3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.linguisystems.com/
Categories: Speech, Games, Functional Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This Buddy Bear app uses research-based techniques to improve communication skills in children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The game is made accessible by using simple, predictable language, uncluttered illustrations, open-ended responses, cheerful, calming narration, and story-based learning.

Sesame Street and Autism

iOS rating: 3.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.9
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.sesameworkshop.org/
Categories: Functional Skills, Educational

Description: This app, produced as part of the Sesame Street and Autism initiative, provides parents and caregivers with preschool-aged children family guides for challenges they may face. Features include articles with tips and strategies, videos featuring Abby Cadabby, eight interactive Family Routine Cards, and a digital storybook.

Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery Pro

iOS rating: 3.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.8
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.pixelationlabs.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Educational

Description: This professional version of the free, evidence-based learning app provides full access to a large suite of lessons. Camp Discovery appeals to early learners and is approved by special education teachers, behavioral professionals, and parents! Designed by experts in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), all Camp Discovery learning games incorporate evidence-based teaching principles. Although Camp Discovery is designed for children with autism, all children can benefit from the carefully developed teaching procedures. Lessons include Objects, Body Parts, Emotions, Actions, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Colors, Locations, Community Helpers, Prepositions, Counting and Quantities, Quantitative Concepts, Quantitative Comparisons, Gender, Wh-Discrimination, Functions, Plurals, Features, Categories, Negation, Attributes, Sight Words, Sound Discrimination, Describe, Telling Time, Money, Opposites, and more.

Daniel Tiger for Parents

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://pbskids.org/apps/
Categories: Functional Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Daniel Tiger for Parents empowers parents and caregivers with songs and videos from the hit PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Is your child learning about sharing? Struggling with trying a new food? Working on what to do with mad feelings? Daniel Tiger for Parents has a song for these important social-emotional skills – and many more of life’s little lessons! Designed with busy parents in mind, the app is simple, educational, and entertaining for caregivers and children.

Baby Panda’s Supermarket – Grocery Store

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://en.babybus.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This app allows users to find hidden items in the grocery store while shopping with the panda family. Children can purchase bread, cakes, fruit, vegetables, snacks, dairy products, toys, clothes, drinks, and a pet. While playing this game, children will learn new words, interact with different animals and scenarios, and use a shopping list.

My PlayHome

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/
Categories: Games, Functional Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This app is a modern doll house for the iGeneration. Every part of the house is usable, including the closets, TV, and shower. This game is designed for children as young as two but can engage a child up to eight years old.

Baby Panda Care

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://en.babybus.com/
Categories: Games, Functional Skills, Entertainment, Educational

Description: In Baby Panda Care, children experience a role reversal and learn how to take care of a baby (panda). In this game, they will learn hard work, patience, and a good work ethic. The cute, stress-free animations and four scenes with tasks and actions give children plenty of opportunities to experience a glimpse of what it is like to be a caretaker.

My PlayHome Hospital

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Functional Skill, Educational

Description: In My PlayHome Hosptial, children have the chance to be both the patient and the doctor. As the doctor, children can listen to their patient’s heartbeat with a stethoscope, give prescriptions, and change blood bags in the emergency room. As the patient, children can have their arm bandaged, receive an x-tray, and recover in a comfortable room while being served a hot meal. This app acquaints children to what it is like to stay in a hospital while giving them the option to give care as well.

Cleaning Fun – Panda Games for Children

iOS rating: 3.5

iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://en.babybus.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Functional Skill, Educational

Description: In this game, users help clean up a home by folding laundry in neat stacks, learning recipes for beauty care, and other exciting tasks. This app focuses on inspirational learning and skill-building all while having fun.

i Get… Cooking Vocabulary and Create Recipe Photo Sequence Books – Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills

Description: i Get… Cooking Vocabulary and Create Recipe Photo Sequence Books is an app that provides photo books for individuals who need support in understanding things relative to the kitchen, including recipes. The vocabulary photo books included are “Cooking Supplies,” “Cooking Actions,” and “Kitchen Appliances,” which offer endless teaching opportunities for speech and language development. Also, a sample recipe book portrays the steps of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A blank recipe book is included to create your own recipes. All pages have titles with the flexibility to add your own subtitles. Also, all books can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling.

Daily Tasks

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/0996475D:TB-true-information-technology-co-ltd
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills

Description: Daily Tasks is an app designed to improve autistic children’s fine motor skills and concentration span, which are essential skills to all learning. The goal of this application is to improve eye-hand coordination and focus through simple daily task stories that are both engaging and interactive. Children will have to go through different scenarios and complete each presented task. Children with concentration deficit and Down syndrome can also benefit from this application.

Animals Puzzle for Kids

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.2
Android Link
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Entertainment, Games

Description: This free jigsaw-like puzzle game helps kids develop matching, tactile, and fine motor skills while playing 84 different puzzles featuring a variety of animals, such as horses, cows, pigs, sheep, ducks, chickens, donkeys, and so on. It is a fun and educational learning game for preschool children and toddlers, including those with autism. Watch them learn all the names of numerous pet, farm, jungle, zoo, and marine animals through fun and play. A pleasant voice will always encourage and praise your kids and motivate them to continue to build their vocabulary, memory, and cognitive skills while playing. The game is enriched with animations, pronunciations, sounds, and interactivity for repeat playing and learning.

Aiko & Egor Animation 4 Autism

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.seebeneath.org/
Categories: Educational, Entertainment, Functional Skills

Description: Aiko & Egor displays simplified animation and engaging underwater characters and is intended to be watched together by children with autism and their family members, but is appropriate for many developmental levels and can be enjoyed by all children. This app contains video content from Season 1 of Aiko & Egor, beginning with Episode 1. The user can watch video content alone or with learning opportunities.

Kids Doodle – Color & Draw

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.1
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Entertainment, Functional Skill

Description: Kids Doodle is a drawing app particularly designed for children with super easy-to-use painting on photos or canvas. It has endless bright colors and 24 beautiful brushes, such as glow, neon, rainbow, crayon, sketchy, etc. The app supports a unique “movie” mode, which can play back kid’s artwork like a small film. The built-in gallery stores both a kid’s drawing and his/her drawing procedure.

Game Apps and Entertainment Apps for Kids

These apps are designed for children with autism in mind. Most of them offer sensory experiences children on the spectrum will not find overwhelming. Many incorporate characters and games children already know and love.

iTubeList: Kids YouTube Playlist

iOS rating: 3.5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.itubelist.net/itubelist/index.html
Categories: Entertainment

Description: This app allows users to save YouTube playlists to watch later and search video playlists from YouTube with keywords. Thousands of kid-safe videos are available with passcode protection for parents. Videos are grouped by topic and parents can lock search functions to prevent children from adding playlists by themselves. The app also provides a video timer to set a time limit for video viewing.

Dr. Panda Airport

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://drpanda.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Take flight in 10 airport-themed activities that will have you taking part in every part of the process. Stamp passports at customs, make sure luggage makes it to the right plane, and even take control to help planes land safely. It’s up to the player to guide passengers from check-in to takeoff. Dr. Panda Airport utilizes minimal UI and easy to understand, intuitive controls, so anyone will be able to start running their very own airport regardless of how young or old he/she is.

Preschool Zoo Puzzles and Fun Baby Games for Kids

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.9
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://mafooly.com/
Categories: Speech, Math Skills, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This app offers zoo games and puzzles that teach kids counting, numbers, animal names, and more in 16 languages. Featured games include animal games, jigsaw puzzles, card matching, number matching, and multi-lingual counting games.

Toca Life: Office

iOS rating: 4.6
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.6
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://tocaboca.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Social Skills, Functional Skills, Educational

Description: Toca Life: Office introduces children to various occupations and office supplies. The interactive app allows children to explore what he/she imagines is the adult life while still having an adventure or two. A variety of animated characters will help them through their day as children gain confidence in a school setting.

Dr. Panda Restaurant Asia

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://drpanda.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment

Description: In Dr. Panda Restaurant Asia children can explore a beautiful new Asian-themed restaurant while making sushi, stir-fry, and more. Future fine chefs have the freedom to choose what they want to prepare and exactly how they’d like to prepare it. Chop, grate, blend, fry, and more with over 20 ingredients to create the perfect dish.

Dino Puzzle: Kids Dinosaurs Puzzles Learning Games

iOS rating: 4.2
iOS Link
Android rating: 4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://tiltangames.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This game is a must for children who love dinosaurs. Children can solve 24 puzzles with bright colors, and each puzzle’s background is unique, depicting different area: forest, plains, desert, mountains, arctics, etc..

Amazing Santa – Christmas Gift – HD Maze learning games for kids and toddler

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://tiltangames.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: This game contains 36 Christmas mazes featuring bright colors, backgrounds, and characters. Throughout the game, users can collect Christmas artifacts and costumes as they make their way through the maze. Difficulty levels can get set from easy to hard with the option to create your own maze.

Dr. Panda Beauty Salon

iOS rating: 4.6
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.1
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://drpanda.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: In Dr. Panda Beauty Salon, you can paint faces and nails, make necklaces, dress-up different customers, and even pluck nose hairs with a cute cast of animal friends in over 11 different minigames. Basic hygiene activities like face washing and nail-clipping are combined with the fun of face painting and painting nails.

MouseTrial

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.mousetrial.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Based on the Discrete Trial Training methodology, MouseTrial provides a positive learning environment, especially for children with special needs or who are on the autism spectrum.
It uses sounds, simple uncluttered graphics, and prompts to help your child learn at his/her own pace while encouraging further skill development in recognition, concentration, and cooperation. It includes 8 modules, 48 games, and 300 questions and animations.

TopIQ Kids Learning Games for Preschool & Kindergarten

iOS rating: 2.8
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.agnitus.com/
Categories: Games, Educational, Entertainment

Description: In this app, users will learn math, reading and phonics, and social/emotional skills through a variety of fun and engaging games. Skills are aligned with Common Core Standards and encourage children to not only meet but exceed competencies.

Infant Zoo LITE: Visual Stimulation for Babies

iOS rating: 4.4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://treebetty.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Educational

Description: With simple, high-contrast illustrations, engaging animal sounds, animations, and stimulating ‘bubbles,’ Infant Zoo is designed specifically for newborns and young babies. Infant stimulation can help improve your baby’s attention span, memory, and curiosity. Research has shown the secret to infant visual stimulation lies in high-contrast colors. Use Infant Zoo and its high-contrast visuals to help calm and soothe your baby as well as increase concentration skills, enhance natural curiosity, and stimulate the creation of brain cell connections.

Kid Missions

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: No Star Rating
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.dedicatedtechie.com/
Categories: Entertainment

Description: This fun app will have your child dancing near the microwave, touching their toes in a doorway, and wiggling their fingers in the living room. Each randomly generated mission sends them dashing off to another room to try something new. “Mission parameters” can be edited to secure locations or disallow noisy actions. Each mission will help your child use his/her body, familiarize himself/herself with spaces, and keep him/her occupied and engaged.

Talking Tom Cat

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://outfit7.com/
Categories: Entertainment, Speech

Description: Talking Tom Cat is a voice changing, interactive cat. He will repeat what you say in his funny voice. Tom can be poked, pet, and played with and can also be fed all kinds of food to see his surprise reactions.

Sensory Baby Toddler Learning

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Entertainment

Description: Entertain your baby or toddler in this fun, entertaining, visually stimulating underwater sensory learning app while also helping develop your child’s hand-eye coordination skills. This app is ideal for when you’re out and about and your baby is getting bored or upset, when your toddler won’t calm down and is getting up to mischief, or when you just want to relax your child before bedtime. Distract and get his/her attention with this visually stimulating sensory learning game.

Sand Draw Sketch Drawing Pad: Creative Doodle Art

iOS rating: 4.6
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.2
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.wwork.me/sanddraw/
Categories: Entertainment

Description: Sand Draw is a fun app which lets you draw on realistic sand. After a couple of minutes playing with Sand Draw, it will be hard for you to stop drawing, since the result you get looks so real, and easily achieved. When it’s time for a new design, just shake the device, and let the waves wipe out the sand. Sand Draw can be used to send a greeting, play Tic-Tac-Toe and other games, or just draw whatever comes up on your mind! You can draw on rocky sand, lava sand, dead sea muddy sand, grassy sand, white sand, and many more.

Miracle Modus

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.1
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.seebs.net/modus/
Categories: Entertainment

Description: Miracle Modus provides pretty and calming light shows. It is all customizable and interactive. Sound can be turned on or off according to the user’s preferences.

Magic Fluids Free

iOS rating: 4.8
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.madscientist.pl/
Categories: Entertainment

Description: With Magic Fluids, users can touch the screen and create beautiful motions of colorful smoke and water. The app comes with 20 configurations presets with the option for users to create their own. Smoke and water animations are available and highly configurable.

Cause & Effect Light Box

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.7
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://lightbox.cognable.com/
Categories: Educational, Entertainment

Description: Light Box uses abstract animation and sound to introduce basic touch skills and awareness. It has become a popular choice for parents of babies and young toddlers but was originally made for teenagers with autism and a range of complex needs. Sounds and graphics are appropriate for any age-group. Light Box naturally encourages exploration of touch gestures through 24 scenes which range from calm and immersive to loud and energetic. Numerous options are provided to customize visuals and simplify controls.

Behavioral Intervention Plan Apps

Autism Tracker Lite: Track and Analyze ASD

iOS rating: 3.9
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.trackandshareapps.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention

Description: Autism Tracker is an autism app that can be life-changing for families with an autistic child. Explore Autism. Track what matters to your child and your family. Use the visual calendar and multi-item graphs to view and discuss patterns. Share individual events or entire screens with your team using Dropbox, email, or Twitter (Twitter lets you set up closed groups). Now, track several persons on one device. Daily Reminders are available.

The Aspergers Test – Determine your Autism Spectrum Quotient using the AQ Diagnostic Assessment

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention

Description: This is an effective tool for self-diagnosis. It also comes with a free mini-course about Asperger’s syndrome including where and how to get help, relevant symptoms, and action plans. The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) test gives a measure of autistic traits in adults. It was developed by Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and other colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre. The testing process consists of 50 multiple choice questions, which can be used to assess the likelihood of having Asperger’s syndrome or other conditions also classified on the autism spectrum such as PDD-NOS or high-functioning autism. The test can be used by adults and often is used by parents taking the test on behalf of their children.

Autism & Beyond

iOS rating: 2.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://autismandbeyond.researchkit.duke.edu/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Educational

Description: Autism & Beyond is a groundbreaking new study of childhood mental health powered by Apple’s ResearchKit. The study aims to test new video technology that can analyze a child’s emotion and behavior. Hopefully, this technology may one day be used to screen young children in their homes for autism and mental health challenges, such as anxiety or tantrums.

Autism Awareness

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.myblueeyez.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Educational, Support Group, Autism-Friendly Place Tracker

Description: This app allows users to find nearby autism treatment centers — speech, behavioral, occupational, ADHD and ABA therapy — and connect with local support groups wherever you are in the world. Read local and global current news on autism — any recent breakthroughs, latest research, etc. Find autism resources on web and social media — Top autism websites, journals, books, publications, Apps, Youtube, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Birdhouse – for Autism

iOS rating: 2.4
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.birdhousehq.com/specialneeds/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Educational, Health Manager, Educational

Description: Birdhouse – for Autism allows families to keep everything about ongoing care in one simple timeline. Users can organize behavior notes, nutrition, medical and doctor information, therapies, schedules, interventions, and more. Discover patterns and figure out how to improve care. Have this information at your fingertips anytime you need it, and share this information with anyone who needs to see it.

Cognoa: Child Development and Behavior Screening

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.cognoa.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Health Manager, Educational

Description: Cognoa gives parents peace of mind. If you have a child between 1 and 8 years old and your employer offers Cognoa, you can install the Cognoa app today to find out if your child’s development is on track and get tools to help your child improve.

Features include:

  • Developmental Assessment: The simplest, fastest way to get answers about your child’s development.
  • Clinically-validated and based on years of research at Harvard and Stanford’s medical schools.
  • Ask Cognoa: Answers to all your child development questions from our clinical advisory team.
  • Expert Activities: Simple activities you can do at home with your child. Created by experts and customized for your child’s specific needs.
  • Care Navigator: Help accessing the right services at the right time when additional clinical or medical support is advised.

I’m On It: Focus Timer for ADHD & ASD

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.dedicatedtechie.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Behavioral Intervention

Description: This timer app is specifically designed for anyone who struggles with staying focused on tasks, particularly those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, or ADD) as well as people working through the unique challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Features include but are not limited to a countdown timer that can be set for any length of time up to 60 minutes so you can divide large tasks into shorter chunks, an audible reminder or silent vibration that can be set to go off at regular intervals to keep you on task, motivation after each reminder (“Keep going! You can do it!” text that fades quickly to remove distraction), adjustable reminder intervals in the form of “levels,” and three visual cues to represent the remaining time.

Plan It, Do It, Check It Off

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: Plan It, Do It, Check It Off is a real photo “To Do” app that can be fully customized by the user. Twenty-six pages with real picture images are included to illustrate events that can be used for a visual “To Do” list. All photos pages of different activities can be personalized by importing photos, changing titles, and adding custom text and audio, or make a book from scratch with all your own photos.

Autism Tracker Pro: Track and Analyze ASD

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://tracknshareapp.com/
Categories: Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention

Description: With this app, you can track what matters to your child and your family. Use the visual calendar and multi-item graphs to view and discuss patterns. Share individual events or entire screens with your team using Dropbox, email, or Twitter and track several persons on one device.

Autism Early Intervention App

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.facebook.com/cuedinapp
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Educational

Description: Autism Early Intervention is a study tool covering English, perception, daily living skills, and general knowledge. The app seeks to create an equalized learning environment for students who learn a variety of ways. Users benefit from visual cues, tactile tracing, and audio information.

NIH: Autism Information

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link : n/a
Android rating: 4.2
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Autism Awareness, Behavioral Intervention

Description: There are many things parents can do to help children with autism overcome their challenges. But it’s also important to make sure you get the support you need. When you’re looking after a child with ASD, taking care of yourself is not a luxury or an act of selfishness — it’s a necessity. Being emotionally strong allows you to be the best parent you can be to your child in need. This app can help by making life with an autistic child easier.

Autism Test

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.fidaato.in/
Categories: Educational, Behavioral Intervention

Description: R-ISAA is an Autism Test app. This app helps in analysis of level of autism by conducting a test based on several questions provided by ISAA (INDIAN SCALE FOR ASSESSMENT OF AUTISM). This autism app has a Hindi and English version. The app shows instant results and follows the guidelines of ISAA.

Autism Solutions

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://raagaatechnologies.com/
Categories: Educational, Behavioral Intervention

Description: This administrative and informative app helps families book appointments while having access to cutting-edge research in the meantime. This app for autism features videos, websites, and articles.

Mente™

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: 2.7
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.mentetech.com/
Categories: Educational, Behavioral Intervention

Description: Mente provides revolutionary therapeutic benefits for patients with autism from the comfort of their own homes – all done via a daily 40-minute morning session. Its unique features include a safe and user-friendly interface and personalized therapy sessions for each user.

Math Games Apps and Math Skills Apps

These game-based apps are designed to help children build a foundation for their math skills as young as two years old. Many of these apps are suited for use in the classroom as well as at home.

Toddler Counting 123 Free

iOS rating: 3.6
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.giggleup.com/
Categories: Math Skills, Educational

Description: In this app, children can tap and count in 14 languages. Parents can adjust the pace of learning and set levels for their children. This game is designed for young children and tiny fingers, utilizing a simple interface.

Dino Tim Full Version: Basic Math for Kids

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.didactoons.com/en/
Categories: Math Skills, Educational

Description: In this app, kids in preschool age (3, 4, 5 and 6 years old), primary school, and kindergarten will learn basic math skills with little effort and a lot of fun. Multiple laguages are available and kids will enjoy playing in exciting adventures.

TopIQ Academy: Math & Reading Games for Kids

iOS rating: 3.9
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.agnitus.com/
Categories: Math Skills, Educational

Description: This app is designed for children 2-7 years old to enjoy over 1,000 3D games. Topics covered include math, reading and writing, science, music, art, and more. TopIQ academy is suited for use in early education classrooms as well as at home.

Dino Does PreSchool Math: Numbers and some ABC Fun Learning Games for Kids and Toddlers

iOS rating: 4.4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://tiltangames.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Math Skill, Educational

Description: In this dinosaur themed game, children aged 2-5 learn math through a series of 27 games. The professionally illustrated games are accompanied by full narration and positive feedback.

Autism Support Group Apps

Seeking support is an act of self-care and necessary for all parents at different times. These apps offer support specifically for parents and caregivers of children with autism.

Autism Parents Social Network

iOS rating: 4.2
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.myhealthteams.com/
Categories: Support Group

Description: MyAutismTeam is a free, password-protected social network and support group. Connect and share with others like you who understand. Features include: post and read updates about the daily ups and downs, get/give instant hugs, likes, and comments of support, search the Q&A section/ask and answer questions, and find others near you.

The Autism Directory

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.theautismdirectory.com/
Categories: Support Group, News, Education, Health

Description: This app is an online directory of help, support, and resources for individuals, families, and professionals living and working with autism. It includes topics from health, therapies, education, personal support, living support, money & legal, recreation, autism friendly businesses, employment & work, training, charities, research, publications and more. Also provided is support, advocacy & coaching for adults with autism to help them live a more independent life.

Autism

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.2
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Support Group

Description: There are many things parents can do to help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) overcome their challenges. But it’s also important to make sure you get the support you need. When you’re looking after a child with ASD, taking care of yourself is not a luxury or an act of selfishness — it’s a necessity. Being emotionally strong allows you to be the best parent you can be to your child in need. These applications can help by making life easier.

Autism Parents Social Network

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 3.8
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.myautismteam.com/
Categories: Support Group, Educational

Description: MyAutismTeam is a free, password-protected social network and support group. Connect and share your autism journey with others. Autism Parents Social Network is one of the best apps for autism that is made for parents and caregivers of people with autism.

Autism Friendly Place Tracker

Autism Village
iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: https://www.autismvillage.com/
Categories: Autism-Friendly Place Tracker

Description: Autism Village is your mobile “go to” source for sharing and viewing information submitted by others in the autism community. This is a directory for the autism community by the autism community. Find places where people with autism can feel safe, comfortable, and have fun that is staffed by understanding and helpful people. Have a look at the Autism Village app, and you’ll quickly find nearby places rated and reviewed by others in the autism community. Help others by submitting a review of your own to share.

Problem Solving Activities and Games

These games are all about recreation and designed for children with autism in mind. Most of them offer level-ups and score trackers and require the problem-solving skills found in traditional games.

Puzzle for Santa Claus: Christmas Games for Kids

iOS rating: 4
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.9
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://tiltangames.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment

Description: The app includes 18 Christmas-themed puzzles that offer a new experience with vivid characters and wonderfully drawn backgrounds. Children are offered positive and pleasant feedback as they complete each puzzle. Difficulty levels are increasing gradually, starting from 9 pieces to over 20 pieces per puzzle.

Animal Puzzle – Drag ‘n’ Drop Puzzles

iOS rating: 3.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Games, Entertainment

Description: The world is full of fascinating animals, so prepare yourself for a great adventure! Spend some time getting to know local farm animals,before venturing off into the depths of the jungle or diving deep below the sea to discover a world of colorful curiosities. This app offers 10 animal-themed drag and drop puzzles for toddlers.

Sensory

iOS rating: 4.3
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.7
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://theinvader360.blogspot.com/
Categories: Games, Entertainment

Description: Sensory is a 100% free multitouch enabled cause and effect sensory light show app. Users touch the screen to trigger a particle effect, spawn new particles, and have up to 10 touchpoints active simultaneously. It’s a great app that is made specifically for children on the spectrum.

Animals Puzzle for Kids

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 4.5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://apk.co/cat/bigstarkids
Categories: Functional Skills, Games, Entertainment, Educational

Description: Animals Puzzle for Kids is a fun animated puzzle game for toddlers. This puzzle game helps your kids develop matching, tactile, and fine motor skills while playing more than 90 different Animals Puzzles in 8 categories – safari, farm, forest, sea, birds, small friends, sea 2, and dinosaurs. The game includes animations, pronunciations, sounds of animals, and interactivity for easy learning. It will teach your kids all animals, and yet you will never be worried about them losing any piece of the puzzles.

Blocks Dodger

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 5
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://apkpure.co/developer/devsmic/
Categories: Games, Entertainment, Functional Skill

Description: This game was created to raise awareness for autism and help to support it. You can navigate in the donation section in the menu, and there you can either watch an advertisement or donate through in-app purchases. The game itself is simple; the player has to dodge any blocks coming its way. The blocks will become faster and faster as time goes by. Three power-ups get spawned randomly during game-play to help the player survive longer:

Health Management Apps

This collection of apps for autism can help parents and caregivers track their child’s health and behavior through data input. Families can track trends and gain a big picture view of a child’s health.

First Then Visual Schedule

iOS rating: 3.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.1
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://www.goodkarmaapplications.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Health Manager

Description: First Then Visual Schedule is designed for caregivers to provide positive behavior support. For individuals with communication needs, developmental delays, autism, or those who benefit from a structured environment; visual schedules serve to increase independence and lower anxiety during transitions through different activities. The app can be customized to your schedule, and you can record your voice to offer the user reminders.

iPrompts®

iOS rating: 1.3
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://www.handholdadaptive.com/
Categories: Behavioral Intervention, Health Manager

Description: iPrompts, the original app for visual support, is used by special educators, therapists, and parents of those benefiting from visual structure, including individuals with autism. Caregivers use the app to rapidly create and present visual supports, helping individuals transition from one activity to the next, understand upcoming events, make choices, focus on the task at hand, and learn social skills.

Dreampad Sleep

iOS rating: 4.1
iOS Link
Android rating: 4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://integratedlistening.com/
Categories: Health Manager, Sleeping Aid

Description: The Dreampad Sleep App delivers music through a gentle, calming vibration which only you can hear. The process brings about a relaxation response from the body and mind which has been described as a “massage to the nervous system.” It will reduce stress, improve sleep, help with falling asleep and staying asleep, and decrease sensory hypersensitivity.

Chronaly: Powered for Autism

iOS rating: 4
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.3
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://www.chronaly.com/
Categories: Health Manager

Description: Chronaly (Powered for Autism) captures key lifestyle information like medication taken, different types of behaviors, and activity level with the convenience of accessing and using it all in the palm of your hand at anywhere, anytime. It’s great for caring for kids and adults with autism. All information collected can be shared with trusted healthcare professionals and teachers so the person you care for receives the best possible assistance and care. Features include Profile, Diary, Goals, Sharing, and Visualization.

i Get… My Daily Schedule, Recall My Day and Learn Calendar Concepts

iOS rating: 5
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention

Description: i Get… My Daily Schedule, Recall My Day and Learn Calendar Concepts is an app providing a photo story for individuals that need support in understanding the steps that will or have occurred during their day. Fifty-seven icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the events of a day. Text statements can be individualized for each picture, allowing the app to be used for a variety of purposes including receptive identification and expressive labeling. Personal photos can be added by the user with a camera ready Apple device or imported from the user’s camera roll.

i Get … My Schedules at Home Social Skills Stories

iOS rating: 2.7
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android Link: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://igetitapps.com/
Categories: Educational, Functional Skills, Health Tracker, Behavioral Intervention, Social Skills

Description: i Get … My Schedules at Home is an application providing a photographic social skills story for individuals who need support in understanding the process of their morning routine and evening routine. Twenty-four icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of a morning routine. Each page can be individualized for the user by adding personal photos, text, and audio.

Autism Awareness and News Apps

This collection of apps offers those who love someone with autism multiple ways to promote an understanding of autism and stay up-to-date on the latest autism research and news.

Otsimo – Autism Education

iOS rating: 4.5
iOS Link
Android rating: 4.1
Android Link
Developer’s Website: https://otsimo.com/en/
Categories: Educational, Entertainment, Games, Behavioral Intervention, Autism Awareness

Description: Otsimo child is a platform designed specifically to educate children with autism and learning disorders. It contains dozens of educational games and free basic AAC. Educational games are developed by applying the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technique. Otsimo is a bundled platform which contains Otsimo Child and Otsimo Family apps.

Autism

iOS rating: n/a
iOS Link: n/a
Android rating: 2.2
Android Link
Developer’s Website: n/a
Categories: Educational, Autism Awareness, Behavioral Intervention

Description: Due to the increasing number of people affected by autism around the world, the app designers provide information to those who live with autism. This app features the latest scientific developments, investigations, and articles. This app feeds from Medical News Today.

An Empathy Bridge for Autism

iOS rating: No Star Rating
iOS Link
Android rating: 3.4
Android Link
Developer’s Website: http://kimheeju.com/
Categories: Educational, Autism Awareness, Behavioral Intervention

Description: An Empathy Bridge for Autism sends a message that people who have autism are just like us — only they see, hear, and speak in unique ways. Using just the mobile application, users can experience these unique senses themselves and get an insight into how people with autism perceive the world. This app uses virtual reality to replicate the experience a person with autism may have daily.

More Apps

Looking for more apps than listed here? Here’s an app just for that!

Autism Apps

iOS rating: 4
iOS Link
Android rating: n/a
Android rating: n/a
Developer’s Website: http://touchautism.com/app/autism-apps/
Categories: More Apps, Autism Awareness, News

Description: Autism Apps is a comprehensive list of apps being used with and by people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and other special needs. It includes links to any available information that can be found for each app. The Apps are separated into over 30 categories, and the descriptions are all searchable, so any type of app is easy to find and download. Autism Apps links to extensive reviews of each app written by parents, specialists, and other user, as well as to video demonstrations or video reviews they are available.

Amy KD Tobik

Amy KD Tobik, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine, has more than 30 years of experience as a published writer and editor. A graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia, Amy’s background includes magazine, newspaper, and book publishing. As a special needs advocate and editor, she coordinates with more than 300 doctors, autism specialists, and researchers to ensure people diagnosed with autism receive the services and supports they need for life. She has two adult children and lives in the Carolinas with her husband.

  • Avatar Concerned says:

    Wish these would be categorized by age level, or interest.

  • Avatar Chon says:

    Thanks for sharing! it is useful! Currently, I also found a flashcard app which can train oro-motor function and have a specially designed low-luminance colour preference for ASD and DD. The kids love this and talk quite a lot in my speech therapy clinic. (Name: Catchup Kids).

  • Avatar Els says:

    Thanks for sharing! Would like to name a few apps that helped us a lot here:

    activity switch which helps making transitions from one activity to the other. We use it DAILY!

    Getting dressed: a real fun way to learn your kid get his clothes or pyjama on.

    Pipi by Kidztools: the app we used to potty train our son 🙂

  • Avatar Royden James says:

    This is great. Would’ve been nice to Upcard.io there as well, after trying many apps Upcard manages to do many things in 1 single app like communication, schedules, tracking and more.

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