Apps to Consider for People with Autism

Carol Page, Director of the SC Assistive Technology Program appeared on Newswatch with Ben Hoover on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Ben and Carol discussed iPad apps and apps for children with autism. You can see the Newswatch coverage of apps for people with autism online.

Download the list of Apps to Consider for People with Austism (Word)

Apps Wheel for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (PDF)

App Categories

Apps by Category


iAdvocate (Free) - Strategies, simulations, & resources to build parent advocacy skills & knowledge


Art of Glow ($.99 for full version) - Make lovely glowing patterns to play and stare at. Soothing, sensory.

Chalkboard Pro for iPad ($.99) - Simple drawing app on "chalkboard" background

DrawFree (Free) - Magnadoodle-like simple drawing

Draw With Stars ($.99) - Animated drawing & methodical erasing

FacesiMake ($1.99 for full version) - Fun, free-form collage making

Zen Brush ($2.99) - Simple, elegant ink brush painting, drawing, and writing

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Andrew Answers ($2.99) - "Seriously silly," supports language building through word play, repetition, and cheekiness.

A Present for Milo ($3.99) - A cat chases a mouse while incidental animations abound. Words appear automatically and are read out loud.

Dr. Seuss's ABC ($3.99 for full version) - Great interactivity. Click each word to hear, or use autoplay. Supports sight reading.

Dr. Seuss's Hop on Pop ($3.99) - Great interactivity. Click each word to hear, or use autoplay. Supports sight reading.

Dr. Seuss's Mr. Brown Can Moo ($3.99) - Mr. Brown can make any noise. Click each word to hear, or use autoplay. Supports sight reading.

Little Bella: I Close My Eyes ($.99) - Silly and lovely animated book. Good for kids with fine motor challenges.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore ($4.99) - Beautifully animated interactive book. Delightful to kids and adults! Comes with the story and a video short. Designed by ex-Pixar character designer William Joyce.

The Monster at the End of this Book ($4.99) - Lovable, furry old Grover! Animation/interactivity, dynamic word highlighting.

Tacky the Penguin ($2.99) - A penguin who doesn't fit in earns the affections of his group. Different modes support pre-readers & early readers.

The Three Little Pigs ($7.99) - Lushly illustrated & animated, fully interactive version of the classic story.

Tractor Mac Arrives ($1.99) - A hardworking horse gets replaced by a tractor. Dynamic word highlighting.

Zanny - Born to Run ($2.99) - Interactive, rhythmic story about a boy who just can't stop! Comes with a game that targets facial expression identification.

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GraceApp ($37.99) - Simple picture exchange system developed by & for non-verbal people.

iComm (Free) - Picture and voice communication aid for children.

iCommunicate for iPad ($49.99) - An AAC app: create icons with custom text, audio, and voice-over, incorporate them into storyboards.

iPrompts ($49.99) - AAC app; easily create & modify visual schedules, show child countdown timer with a picture to aid with transitions. In-app VideoPrompts purchases demonstrate appropriate behaviors.

Learn to Talk First Words ($1.99) - Audio flash card application that facilitates early language development in 1 to 3 year-old children.

First Words: Deluxe ($4.99) - Provides endless fun for the toddlers in your life, all while giving your child a head start on learning their letters and learning to spell words.

NeoPaul (Free) - Natural-sounding text to speech (male voice)

ProloQuo2go ($189.99) - Full-featured augmentative & alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking.

SoundingBoard ($49.99) - User-friendly app for creation of individualized picture communication boards (1-9 pics per page) with natural voice recording.

TalkAssist (Free) - Alternative speech speech aid; provides a voice through text-to-speech software.

Tap Speak Button ($14.99) - Record messages, use switch-function button to play them back.

TouchChat ($149.99) - Full-featured augmentative & alternative communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking; in-app vocabulary purchases optional.

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Daily Activities

See Me Go Potty ($4.99) - The unique, distinctively useful, and exceptionally fun potty trainer. 

Life Skills Winner ($1.99) - Hygiene, grooming, cooking, dressing, social skills.

My Healthy Smile ($4.99) - 11 audio & visual social scripts to show children what to expect at the dentist and how to have good oral care at home.

Put It Away (Free) - Helps teach kids how to tidy up and clean up a room.

ABC Coloring Book (Free) - Tool for children to learn to read the alphabet while coloring illustrations, applying stickers to their creations, and playing with interactive alphabet blocks.

Model Me Going Places 2 (Free) - Visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community.

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Earliest Learning

SoundTouch ($2.99 for full version) - Touch cartoons of animals, vehicles, etc. to see real-life photos & sounds.

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Educational Apps (Varies) - Offers numerous apps to help children learn. Apps for flash cards, problem solving, and receptive identification.

See.Touch.Learn (Free) - Picture learning system designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs.

Simple Steps to Learning - What Color Am I? ($1.99) - tool to help kids with autism who struggle with speech and cognitive learning.

Rainbow Sentences ($7.99) - Designed to help students improve their ability to construct grammatically correct sentences by using color coded visual cues.

Cimo Spelling Sight ($2.99 for full version) - Teaches a combination of high frequency and sight words (from the Dolch Sight Word list).

iWriteWords ($2.99 for full version) -  Teaches child handwriting while playing a fun and entertaining game.

Khan Academy (Free) - Learn almost anything for free by accessing Khan Academy’s complete library of over 2,700 videos.

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File Sharing

DropBox (Free) - Cloud-based real-time file sharing b/t computer & iPad (for worksheets, etc.)

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Angry Birds ($.99) - Experiment with slingshot trajectories, using birds to take out pigs.

Fruit Ninja ($4.99 for full version) - Because our kids deserve to play! Fun, very simple swipe-based interface.

Fruit Memory ($.99) - Concentration, turn taking. Multi- or single player, choose number of tiles.

Leaf Jam ($.99) - Open-ended musical playground. Tap the screen to make the leaves fall.

My Underwear ($2.99) - Play with your underwear! Several activities: Paint it, catch it, change it!

Poke Me (Free) - Play, poke, feed, & guide a cute purple monster in several environments.

Scoops (Free) - Catch the falling ice cream scoops on your cone.

Spot the Dot ($3.99) - Find a colored dot in increasingly complicated visual fields. Encourages bystander commentary.

Toca Tea Party ($2.99) - Play tea party! Set up, serve, and clean up.

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General Development

Injini: Childhood Development Game Suite ($49.99) - Expert-developed, extensive meaningful play suite for children with cognitive, language, and fine motor delays.

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US Puzzle Map ($2.99) - Click-and-drag states into place; state names said out loud for non-readers.

Stack the Countries ($1.99 for full version) - Learn about the countries of the world via shape-matching and a stacking game. Non-readers will need support.

Stack the States ($.99 for full version) - Learn 50 US states trivia via shape-matching and a stacking game. Non-readers will need support.

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BrainPop Featured Movie (Free) - New animated movie about science or history, every day. With quiz afterward.

Presidents vs. Aliens ($.99) - Learn U.S. Presidential History facts and faces, with alien battle interludes.

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Labeling and Identifying

All About Me ($.99) - Store & practice learning personal information. Useful for those challenged by giving personal information verbally.

Word SLaPps ($2.99) - Create & identify 1, 2, or 3 audio-labeled photo icons (instantly, with an iPad2). SLP-created. Excellent for discrete trials.

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Conversation Builder ($5.99) - Pragmatics: Discriminate between subtle differences which can negatively or positively impact a conversation.

Milo Interactive Storybook ($1.99) - Build language skills by listening to Milo's story, or recording your own version.

Puppet Pals (Free) - Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time!

Question Builder ($3.99) - Learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. For readers.

Sentence Builder ($3.99) - Learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. For readers.

Speech With Milo: Prepositions ($1.99) - Learn prepositions through animated examples and text reinforcement.

Speech With Milo: Sequencing ($2.99) - Animated 3-scene sequences; kids can put pictures in correct order and then watch a short video of the scene created.

Speech With Milo: Verbs ($2.99) - Learn verbs through animated examples and text reinforcement.

Story Builder ($3.99) -Improve paragraph formation, improve integration of ideas, and improve higher level abstractions by inference. For readers.

That's Silly ($.99) - Absurd pictures entertain young kids while building language & cognitive skills.

Toontastic (Free) - Kids develop an understanding of narrative elements while creating their own animated cartoon story. Many applications for communication development.

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Rhyming Words (Free) - Provide the first steps in identifying the different sounds that make up a word and are a critical skill to master on the path towards becoming a good reader and a confident speaker. 

RhymieStymie ($3.99 for full version) - Given a short clue like “swine toupee” and have to come up with a two word rhyming answer that means the same thing… like “pig wig."

Reading Machine ($1.99) - Children can enter a word they don’t know. The Reading Machine will tell them the word and show them how the letters and sounds go together so they can try figuring it out themselves.

Sparky the Shark ($.99) - Follow Sparky and his penguin pal Dax on their belly-laughing adventure to find Sparky a new 'look' so he will be accepted by people.

Bob Books #1 ($1.99) - Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

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Math and Pre-Math

Arthmaroo ($1.99) - Counting: associating numbers with amounts.

Count TV ($2.99) - Sesame Street's The Count introduces videos about the numbers 1 through 9.

Dot to Dot Number Whiz ($1.99 for full version) - Counting in sequence.

Rosita's Jump Count ($1.99) - Shake the iPad to count Rosita's jumps - in English and Spanish.

Silly Numbers ($3.99) - 1:1 correspondence and counting numbers 1 - 12, great design & interactivity.

Splish Splash Inn ($.99) - Counting in English, Spanish, & French.

TallyTots ($1.99) - Counting 1 - 20 through various activities. Motivating, well-designed, easy to use.

Whizzit 1-2-3 ($.99) - Practice 1:1 correspondence/counting, with fun balloon-popping breaks.

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Multiple Activities/Suites

Alien Buddies ($1.99) - Varied visual and "listening" matching, dot-to-dot, and sticker fun.

Bugs and Buttons ($2.99) - Eighteen different learning and play activities, plus a bug "stamp collection."

Fish School ($1.99) - Letters, numbers, shapes, colors, matching, and more. Leo-approved.

Go Go Kiddo ($1.99) - "Vitamin fortified fun" Letter & number tracing, spelling, piano, much more.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox ($.99) - Concentration, matching, sorting, color identification, first-letter correspondence.

Thomas Game Pack ($2.99) - Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends. Matching games, puzzles and mazes.

Zoo Train ($1.99) - Matching, puzzles, spelling, music, and make-your-own trains. Engaging.

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Dropophone (Free) - Free-form play with a field of raindrops that cycle in various tones.

Hand Drums ($.99) - Drums are a logical step for the touch-based iPad interface. Big, realistic-looking drums.

Itsy Bitsy Spider ($.99) - Interact with a much-loved children's song via fun animations & verse repetition.

Moozart ($1.99) - Play, explore, and experiment with favorite songs, & the basics of music reading.

PianoBall ($1.99) - Using spinning balls to change a keyboard's features & do musical free play.

Singing Fingers (Free) - Finger paint with sound!

Songify (Free) - Turns spoken words into music (dance tracks, etc.) Motivating!

Tappy Tunes ($1.99) - Tap out favorite songs in the rhythm of your choosing.

Toddler Sing & Learn ($1.99) - Puzzle, color, and sing along with eight favorite songs.

Twinkle Twinkle Storybook Piano ($.99) - Learn to play songs by following the colored keys on a keyboard.

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FastMall (Free) - Navigate any mall map without the need for GPS or WIFI.

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Epic Win ($2.99) - Streamlined to-do list, with a role-playing spin.

iEarnedThat ($1.99) - A puzzle-based reward system that uses custom images.

iReward ($4.99) - Fun, interactive reward tracking system. Can also use as a token board.

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My First Tangrams ($1.99) - An adaptation for kids of the famous Tangram game.

ShapeBuilder ($.99 for full version) - An errorless click-and-drag puzzle game, reinforces sight reading.

US Puzzle Map ($2.99) - Click-and-drag states into place; state names said out loud for non-readers.

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Reading and Spelling

Bob Books #1 ($1.99) - Bob Books characters and full-color animations encourage kids along the path of learning to read.

First Words: Deluxe ($4.99) - Provides endless fun for the toddlers in your life, all while giving your child a head start on learning their letters and learning to spell words.

Mr. Thorne Does Phonics ($7.99) - Extensive video phonics demonstrations for early readers (note: British spellings)

Word Magic ($.99) - Sight word-based spelling and reading via fill-in-the-blank letters.

Word Wagon ($1.99) - Drag letters to spell words in a playful Paris scene. Uses sight reading & phonics.

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BrainPop Featured Movie (Free) - New animated movie about science or history, every day. With quiz afterward.

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iDress for Weather ($1.99) - Pick appropriate clothes for current weather conditions. For individuals with disabilities, an educational tool for children, or just for fun.

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Social Skills

Look In My Eyes ($2.99) - Motivate your child to look people in the eyes.

QuickQues ($4.99) - Social scripts that help people on the autism spectrum handle new situations & learn new skills.

Initiating Social Skills ($1.99) - Provides easy-to-understand information that allows users to become more capable of functioning independently at work, at home, and in the community.

Social Skill Builder (Free) - Interactive videos teach key social thinking, language and behavior that are critical to everyday living.

Social Skills ($3.99) - Six social narratives (broken into 2 levels which give a total possible of 12 social narratives) designed to help individuals improve their social ability.

Hidden Curriculum for Kids ($1.99) - Real-life based entries spur conversations about the countless “unwritten social rules” that we encounter every day and that can cause confusion and anxiety.

How Would You Feel If... ($1.99) -  Select a cards for students to see, and have them discuss their feelings about a variety of situations.

Turn Taker ($4.99) - Uses visual and/or audio cues to facilitate turn taking and/or sharing in children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or other special need.

iCreate... Social Skills Stories ($4.99) - Make unlimited personalized social skill story books by importing personal photos, adding titles, text and audio to unlimited pages in the story.

iGreet You ($.99) - Simple communication aid for children who need to work on greetings. Two simple buttons provide both male and female voice output.

Smile at Me ($2.99) - Player is asked to hold the iPhone or iPod Touch like a mirror so that he can see his mouth reflected in the glass. He is then shown a picture and told to smile or not to smile.

Sosh ($39.99 for full version) - Contains over 60 well-designed screens presenting exercises, strategies, and practical information to work through social situations in a step-by-step manner. Offers a journal, a goals area, a to-do list, and a rating scale to rate anything from your school day to an interaction with a peer. You also get a behavior tracking area, a voice meter, and an interest log.

Sosh Relax App ($5.99) - Contains research-supported and effective strategies to help alleviate stress, worry, and anxiety.

Social Navigator ($49.99) - Allows the user to quickly enter the dynamics of their current social situation and instantly generates corresponding strategies and recommendations, so that the child can get their needs met in a socially acceptable manner. 

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Social Stories

Comic Strip CS ($.99) - Quickly create one-page comic strips using photos, speech bubbles, captions.

ModelMe Kids: Going Places (Free) - Helping children learn to navigate challenging community locations through slide shows of children modeling appropriate behavior.

Pictello ($18.99) - Create high quality talking photo albums and talking books. Excellent for social stories.

Stories2Learn ($13.99) - Create custom social stories, using your own photos, text, and voiceover. Includes in-app stories demonstrating appropriate play and behavior.

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ArtikPiks ($29.99 for full version) - Practice sounds targeted in speech therapy with flashcards, memory games.Pictures are line drawings. Child can record own voice and listen. Buy for $29.99 loaded with sounds or free and add sounds as child is ready.

Articulate It ($49.99) - Track data for many students at once, with option to email data, notes, and even child's recorded voice to parents and other team members. Therapist has option to target specific phonemes, phonological processes, or modes of articulation. Target words are real photos.

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Visual Schedules

First Then Visual Schedule ($9.99) - Create digital visual schedules with several format options.

iCommunicate ($49.99) - Design visual schedules, storyboards, communication boards, routines, flash cards, choice boards, speech cards, and more. It is customizable to your needs.

My Video Schedule ($9.99) - Individualized customizable app that combines video modeling within a structured schedule while providing positive reinforcement for individuals with autism. Combines several "established treatments" determined by The National Autism Center’s National Standards Project.

Pocket Picture Planner (Free) - Create your schedule by selecting from either included photos and symbols or your own imported images. Then sync your schedule using Pocket Picture Planner (separate purchase) to your iPad to view the schedule, get visual prompts and reminders, and track activity completion on the go.

Tapikeo ($3.99) - Allows you and your children to easily and quickly create your own audio-enabled picturebooks, storyboards, visual schedules, memory aids, audio flashcards, and more using a versatile grid style layout.

Time Timer ($3.99) - Displays time as a red disk that quietly gets smaller as time elapses.

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Writing and Fine Motor

iWriteWords ($2.99 for full version) - Guided handwriting with a really fun, reinforcing interface.

Penultimate ($1.99) - Free-form writing/drawing app with lined/graph paper options & notebook functionality for storage. Great with stylus.

SuperNova ($.99) - Practicing pinch-and-expand motions.

Write My Name ($1.99) - Practice tracing individual letters or words; option to create your own content/words.

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