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Autism Apps for Children

Are you looking for Autism Apps to help you and your child? Since many children on the autism spectrum are visual learners, apps can be a very effective way to teach concepts. Help prepare children for new experiences and demonstrate how autism isn't a barrier with these stimulating apps.

Check our Special Education Apps section for more apps for children with special needs and learning disabilities, including Dyslexia, Down syndrome, AAC and social skills.

As part of our ongoing endeavor to provide families affected by autism, we have compiled a list of autism apps for children. Whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver or teacher of someone with autism, or you are on the spectrum yourself, we hope the following autism apps can help guide you in the right direction.

    Match & Find has been created for children with special educational needs. Both its activities and the nature of its design are specially designed to create an environment and a learning experience suitable for these children to enjoy developing their understanding. Match & Find is designed to help develop young children’s memory, matching, searching and sequencing skills. Working memory is very important for the development of language and numeracy, and the carefully designed activities in this app can help children train and improve their auditory and visual working memory.

    Devices: iPad

    Cosmo Training is a creative training and therapy system for people with additional needs. It consists of a set of interactive and multisensory controllers and games that motivate learners to develop motor, cognitive and communication skills through play and music. Cosmo's multi-sensory games work towards achieving skill based, functional and national curriculum compatible goals to help the child in tasks of everyday living.

    Devices: iPad

    As a teacher of children on the Autism Spectrum with complex communication needs, I am constantly looking for the most appropriate form of Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) to use with the children at our school.

    Devices: iPad

    Special Words is an app that seeks to address deficiencies in expressive and receptive language in addition to attention, fine motor and hand-eye co-ordination skills. Special Words can be used by Teachers, therapists and parents to improve these skills.

    Devices: Android , iPad

    The Autism Discovery Tool: Sensory from Within is a mobile app that aims to improve sensory environments for people on the autism spectrum by giving people in home, school, and community settings, the skills to better understand and communicate about how sensory perception can effect people on the spectrum in different ways. 

    Devices: iPad

    A platform for creating and sharing instructional lessons for special educational needs students.

    Devices: iPad

    This app includes a social story about different emotions and feelings you may have throughout the day, and a simple visual support for asking how someone is feeling, or identifying feelings or emotions.

    Devices: iPad

    Help your child achieve the Power to Read with this collection of four SUPER WHY interactive literacy games.

    Devices: iPad

    Touch Trainer is a simple cause and effect app designed for an individual diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, or other special need, or a young child just learning about touch screen technology.

    Devices: iPad

    PandaPal - Autism Communication System is an affordable easy to use Communication System, designed by Kim Scott, M.

    Devices: iPad

    Questioning the possibility of autism in your child? “Questioning Autism?” is a free, easy-to-use educational app designed to help parents and caregivers understand more about autism, and to provide a starting point for conversations with pediatricians.

    Devices: iPad

    SENspeller is an application that helps to teach letter and sound recognition to those on the autistic spectrum. The concept behind the app is to play to the strengths of visual learners.

    Devices: iPad

    Autism Core Skills is a comprehensive academic and social skills practice system designed for students with autism. The app employs best educational practices to provide scaffolded learning experiences in math, reading and social skills for autistic students of any age working on preschool through first grade level skills.

    Devices: iPad

    Faces iMake is creation based app that lets you make faces out of everyday household objects. It has an interesting feature called Faceworld that allows the children to showcase the artwork they made using the app. In FaceWorld, you can view pictures created by artists all over the world.   The app uses intuitive controls for manipulating objects on the canvas. You can work in both portrait and landscape mode. You can watch lesson videos by Israeli mixed media artist Hanoch Piven to inspire your next work.

    Devices: iPad

    Educator favorite Buddy Bear teaches grammar to children with language delays.

    Devices: Android

    The Monster at the End of This Book enhances the classic Sesame Street book with a completely immersive experience that draws children right into the story.

    Devices: iPad

    Calm Counter can assist kids in getting a handle on angry or anxious emotions. The social story is brief, simple, and inclusive ("Everybody gets angry."). Many kids will likely feel quite reassured by the fact that a tool like this even exists, normalizing their emotions. 

    Devices: iPad

    Teach your child new skills with Camp Discovery! Developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Camp Discovery houses a growing suite of learning games that appeal to children and are approved by parents, teachers and professionals.

    Devices: iPad

    QuestionIt is an educational app for children with autism or other significant language disorders that provides systematic instruction over multiple opportunities to teach children what kind of word answers which type of Wh question.

    Devices: iPad

    Sentence Maker app is a simple sentence-forming app aimed at kindergarten and preschool that can help kids to practice sight words and sentence structure. This simple yet effective app has easy-to-understand user interface and allows students to add their own words to it and record themselves speaking it loud. There is a comprehensive settings screen that allows teachers to customize the app to the student's level of understanding. It is a good sentence builder app which helps the kids to elevate the understanding of sentence structure. This app allows children to work on building sentences. The app is fully customizable and easy to customize. The child matches written words and pictures to words in sentences at bottom of the screen. The parent, teacher or therapist can customize with unique word lists and sentence length from 2 words to 5 word sentences. You can also customize the app with your own voice. By making customized word lists and recording custom audio, this app could be used for children speaking languages other than English. The pictures included are photographs of real objects and are high quality, sharp photos. You can also add your own pictures. The app reads the word when it is selected providing auditory feedback and vocabulary/reading practice. This app is easy for readers. We have children build the sentence and then repeat the sentences. This app is good for children who use primarily single words or very short phrases as an activity to encourage sentence length. This app could be used to practice spelling words or reading sight words. We have used this app with children between the developmental ages of 3 and 8 with diagnoses of autism, speech delay and Treacher Collins Syndrome. It is very easy for the older kids who are good readers. We also used it for sentence building and reinforcement for using multi-word utterances.

    Devices: iPad