OCT 15, 2020

Best Apps for Kids With Autism

Our modern world and advancements in technology have significantly impacted how we conduct our daily lives. For autistic people and parents of autistic children, emerging technology and apps have revolutionized the way kids with autism learn and communicate. We've rounded up the best apps out there in hopes they will reach and impact more people.

Proloquo2Go

Not being able to speak isn’t the same as having nothing to say. Children, teens and adults who can’t speak can use this Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app for iOS as a daily communication tool and to build language skills. From the first time someone opens the app, a few taps are all it takes to start talking to the world.
iOS

Autism iHelp

Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.
Android
iOS

Language Therapy for Kids MITA

Developed by Ivy League researchers, Language Therapy for Kids uses MITA, Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism, with puzzles to help improve attentions, visual skills and language. It’s available for both iOS and Android and is free to download and install.
Android
iOS

Endless Reader

This app introduces "sight words", the most commonly used words in school, library, and children's books. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures.
Android
iOS

Choiceworks

The Choiceworks app is an essential learning tool for helping children complete daily routines (morning, day, & night), understand & control their feelings and improve their waiting skills (taking turns and not interrupting).
iOS

Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out

Peppy Pals Sammy Helps Out is a fun, interactive storybook app for kids about collaboration, emotions and friendship. It illustrates the importance of encouraging others, being kind and helping a friend in need.
Android
iOS

The Social Express II

The Social Express® is 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 to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life.
iOS

Popplet

This mind-mapping tool is especially helpful for kids who have problems with organization and visual memory. Kids can insert words, images, and their own drawings and then connect to other related Popplets to create an interactive outline of related ideas.
iOS