Did you know according to the latest report from the CDC a staggering 1 in 68 people are diagnosed with Autism? April is Autism Awareness Month and The iMums wanted to showcase some of the apps that are helpful to people with this complex neuro-developmental disorder.  Many children with Autism respond really well to electronics, and iPads can be a very useful tool for them.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are all unique individuals, so there is no one app that will be suitable for every child with Autism. This list includes some of The iMums favorite apps that we have reviewed that were designed specifically for children with Autism, or that help with skills that children with ASD often have difficulties with. In addition to the apps listed below, we have reviewed many more special needs apps and encourage readers to visit the Special Needs category on our website to find apps suitable for a particular skill you are working on with your child.

This month we are also publishing a series of articles written by mums of children and young adults with Autism, you can find all the information in our post April 2014 – a Time for Autism Awareness, Acceptance, Understanding and Inclusion.

Many of these apps will be on sale at some time during this month, many only for a day, so keeping checking our sale page for the latest bargains.

Specifically for Developed for Kids with Autism :

TOBY (Therapy Outcomes by You) Playpad by Autism West is designed for children under 7, who are not yet receiving specific interventions for Autism, or are in the early stages of therapy.  It is a comprehensive Early Intervention Program designed for home use with children with Autism and includes both on and off iPad activities. Each day, TOBY suggests a list of activities to do, and this changes as the app adapts to the child’s progress. Read our full review here.

TOBY Playpad – Autism West

mzl.khpozypw The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 TOBY Playpad by Autism West
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini
Size: 184.47 MB

$27.99USD


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Go Go Games by Go Go Games Studio includes 3 games: Build-a-train, Wheels and Roads and Out of this World, each has 6 levels. Children with ASD often have “tunnel vision” honing in on one specific feature of an object, and this app helps them to learn to look at multiple features of an object. It is also useful for  working on pattern recognition, matching and  fine motor skills. It is a great deal at only $3.99. Read our full review here.

Go Go Games

mzl.gwbdbswq The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Go Go Games by Go Go Games Studios, LLC
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini, iPad WiFi
Size: 19.18 MB

$3.99USD

ABA

See.Touch.Learn Pro by Brain Parade  is an incredibly flexible learning tool. It contains over 4,000 pictures and over  2,000 pre-prepared lessons. It also allows you to add your own images and easily create your own lessons. It was designed to be used for ABA therapy, but can also be used to teach a huge range of skills.  It is about to have a massive update this month, so now is a great time to buy. The Pro version contains all lessons and libraries, a free version is also available where you can buy specific libraries as in-app purchases. Read our full review here.

See.Touch.Learn Pro

mzl.reriamhy The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 See.Touch.Learn Pro by Brain Parade
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini4G
Size: 38.95 MB

$39.99USD

Social Stories

Kid in Story Book Maker by LocoMotive Labs is designed to make it easy to create your own stories starring your child. For many children with Autism, social stories can be a very powerful tool to help them deal with new situations and experiences. The app includes 12  ready made templates for stories, plus you can add your own. It makes it easy to add photos of your child or other family members into the story. Read our full review here.

Kid in Story Book Maker

mzl.kyjclxsy The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Kid in Story Book Maker by Locomotive Labs
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen
Size: 70.06 MB

$6.99USD

Stories That Children with Autism can Relate to:

The Mighty League Vol. 1 The Terrible Taunting by Geek Club Books is an interactive book app based on the real life experiences of a boy with Aspergers.  It promotes autism awareness , encourages acceptance and understanding, and talks about tools that those in the spectrum can use to manage their day. Read our full review here.

The Mighty League Vol. 1 The Terrible Taunting

mzl.uaapdvti The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 The Mighty League Vol 1 - The Terrible Taunting - A Blackfish Children's Book by Customizabooks LLC
Category: Books, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPhone5c, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone5s, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad WiFi, iPhone4S, iPhone5, iPhone 4
Size: 43.1 MB

$3.99USD

Axel’s Chain Reaction is a beautifully illustrated story with captivating voice-overs that put readers in Axel’s shoes as he faces daily social challenges and as he uses his special talent to become the story’s hero. Read our full review here.

Axel’s Chain Reaction

mzl.obwopooa The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Axel's Chain Reaction by Laura Allison Pomenta Badolato
Category: Education, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPhone5s, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen, iPhone 4, iPhone5c, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone4S, iPhone 3GS, iPadMini4G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone5
Size: 139.42 MB

$2.99USD

Emotions:

Avokiddo Emotions by Avokiddo is  a delightfully interactive app featuring a giraffe, zebra and a shy and sleepy sheep. Identifying emotions can be difficult for children with Autism and this is a fantastic app to use to explore emotions in a variety of contexts. As children play and explore the app the animals are very clear in their emotions, and like or dislike of specific objects. Read our full review here.

Avokiddo Emotions

mzl.ylkrsfne The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Avokiddo Emotions – Playful learning for kids by AVOKIDDO
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadMini, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone5c, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPhone5s, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone4S
Size: 131.62 MB

$2.99USD

i Learn With : Emotions, Feelings and Colors! by TribalNova is an app for the iPad which features colors and emotions together. The app includes three levels in the emotions section where the child watches and listens to a video and then picks out how the character in the story feels.  This is a fantastic app for kids who need help with emotional intelligence. Read our full review here.

Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! Fun educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With – Tribal Nova

mzl.bjueuugh The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Emotions, Feelings and Colors ! Arts and Social development educational games for kids in Preschool and Kindergarten by i Learn With by Tribal Nova
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4S, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPodTouchFifthGen, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad WiFi, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5s, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPadFourthGen, iPhone5c
Size: 67.66 MB

$FREE

Fine Motor Skills:

Injini Child Development Game Suite by NCSoft was developed to help young children with with cognitive, language, and fine motor delays. It features 12 different games, each with many levels. It is best suited for toddlers and preschool aged children and is a very comprehensive app to help them with fine motor and language skills, understanding of cause and effect, spatial awareness, memory and visual processing. Read our full review here.

Injini Child Development Game Suite

mzl.zqdftvnj The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Injini: Child Development Game Suite by NCSOFT
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPad WiFi
Size: 380.17 MB

$29.99USD

Bugs and Buttons is the first in a series of unique “Bugs &” apps by Little Bit Studios. It works on many cognitive skills including patterns, sorting, memory, mazes, counting, and letters. It includes 18 engaging games, with fantastic graphics. The games encourage visual tracking (great for reading skills) and incorporate many fine motor movements (e.g. point, pinch, isolated finger patterns, use of both hands). This app is a great brain builder and an even better motor builder – truly an OT’s delight!  At only $2.99 it is a real bargain. Read our full review here.

Bugs and Buttons

mzl.ahshdrfc The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Bugs and Buttons by Little Bit Studio, LLC.
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPadFourthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone5s, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5c, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad WiFi, iPhone 4, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone5, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPad 3G
Size: 73.86 MB

$2.99USD

Visual Supports:

Custom Boards Premium by Smarty Ears
is an app for making your own visuals and activity worksheets using more than 120 easy-to-use templates, a built-in library of over 11 thousands Smarty Symbols and your own images.  The templates are grouped into 6 categories: Activities & Games, Grids & Boards, Schedules & Calendars, Worksheets, Devices & Switches, Read our full review here

Custom Boards- Premium – Smarty Ears

mzl.baudfbrl The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Custom Boards- Premium by Smarty Ears
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 3G, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini4G, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G
Size: 543.33 MB

$49.99USD

Articulation Apps:

Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech is a very comprehensive articulation app that provides multiple opportunities for the child to pronounce and practice all the 22 speech sounds in the English language. It offers opportunities to practice at the word, sentence and story level. As well as Flashcards it also includes a matching game; rotating and unique sentences; different story levels and comprehension questions. Read our full review here.

Articulation Station Pro

mzl.pjbxdyip The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPad WiFi, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadMini, iPad 2 WiFI, iPhone 3GS, iPadFourthGen, iPhone5, iPadFourthGen4G, iPhone5s, iPhone4S, iPhone5c, iPad 3G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 4, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 3G, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadMini4G
Size: 313.16 MB

$49.99USD

Articulate it! by Smarty Ears is an articulation app that allows you choose your target words by phoneme, phonological process or manner of articulation. It works at both word and phrase level, and includes flashcards and matching game activities. You can work on initial, medial or final position; or any combination of these.  You also have the option to record the child and play it back – which children love to do  Read our full review.
Articulate it! – Smarty Ears

mzl.tzzwszdl The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Articulate it! Pro by Smarty Ears
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 3G, iPad WiFi, iPhone5c, iPad 2 3G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPhone4S, iPadMini, iPhone 4, iPadMini4G, iPhone5s, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5
Size: 590.79 MB

$39.99USD

Speech and Language:

ConversationBuilder Deluxe by Mobile Education Store works on conversational skills, which are hard for many of our kids. It teaches the nuances of conversation, teaches ways to initiate a conversation and how to keep the conversation flowing naturally. Learning how to have a real 2-way conversation with your peers is a really important life-skill, but it can be hard to master, and this app helps in that process. Read our full review here.

ConversationBuilder Deluxe

mzl.wvglwsnt The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 ConversationBuilderDeluxe by Mobile Education Store LLC
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 3G, iPadMini, iPad WiFi, iPadFourthGen, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen
Size: 81.19 MB

$19.99USD

Language Skill Builder – Central Place for the Special Needs ABA Training by Pawel Maczewski is an app for learning basic and advanced language concepts and improving language comprehension skills. It includes a large question bank (600+), and allows the the quizzes to be customized to meet the users’ needs. Language Skill Builder is a great app for teaching basic language skills with an expanding question bank to meet your child/student’s growing needs.
Language Skill Builder

mzl.ujsdntvz The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Language Skill Builder - Central Place for the Special Needs ABA Training by Pawel Maczewski
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5c, iPhone 3GS, iPadThirdGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5s, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone 4, iPhone5, iPadFourthGen, iPhone4S
Size: 21.16 MB

$4.99USD

WHquestions by Smarty Ears is designed to help children acquire the important social skill of answering WH Questions – What, Who, Where, When, Why and How. It is easy to use, has a video tutorial for beginners, and features over 200 questions in both audio and written form. Read our full review here.

WHquestions

mzl.roolvblc The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 WhQuestions by Smarty Ears
Category: Education, Health & Fitness
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone 4, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone4S, iPhone5s, iPhone5c, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPad WiFi, iPadMini4G, iPod Touch (4. Gen.), iPadThirdGen, iPad 3G, iPhone5
Size: 122.16 MB

$9.99USD

 

Picture the Sentence by Hamaguchi Apps is used to practice listening skills, using basic pronouns and prepositions, and  to practice processing these parts into a whole sentence. Each part of the phrase is represented by a simple picture, and the child has to visualize putting each of these steps together to create a new picture that represents the whole sentence. The app has 3 levels and a built in reward game. Read our full review here.

Picture the Sentence

mzl.sdkrnpgj The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Picture the Sentence HD by Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
Category: Education, Games, Educational
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad 2 3G, iPad WiFi
Size: 88.95 MB

$9.99USD

AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) Apps

No discussion of apps for Autism would be complete without mentioning AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). Many non-verbal Autistic children have found a way to communicate using AAC apps on the iPad, and it is much cheaper than a dedicated AAC device. This is an area where we strongly recommend consulting with an SLP who specializes in AAC, to decide which is the best choice for the child, as truly there is no “one size fits all.” Here are some AAC apps to consider:

Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) App, it is a universal app that can be used on  iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The purpose of the app is to give users a voice and the ability to communicate. I found Proloquo2Go to be an app that surpassed my expectations for performance. I was blown away with the available help on the website and the seemingly endless custom options that were very easy to learn and implement.” [ Read our full review here]

Proloquo2Go – AssistiveWare

mzl.ydkjwvgs The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini, iPhone5s, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone 4, iPhone5, iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPhone4S, iPhone5c, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen
Size: 298.47 MB

$219.99USD

Avaz for Autism is an AAC app brought to the U.S. market from India where it was the first AAC introduced. The creators of Avaz have worked to create an AAC that is tailored to fit the use of people with Autism and their caregivers/therapists in an easy to use and customize way. A nice feature is the ease of social sharing, if you enable this feature, Facebook, Twitter and Email are available and and easy to do.

Avaz – AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs) – Invention Labs

mzl.nhnwikaf The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Avaz Pro - AAC App for Autism (Augmentative Picture Communication Software for Children with Special Needs) by Avaz, Inc.
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini, iPadThirdGen4G
Size: 966.25 MB

$149.99USD

SpeechTree by IAC Professionals is the first AAC app that combines a Complete AAC Communication System with an Interactive Learning Program.  The combination benefits both beginning and emerging communicators who require a lot of  practice, encouragement, instruction, and support to develop their communication skills properly.”[ Read our full review here]
SpeechTree – IAC Professionals INC

mzl.uuaixupa The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 SpeechTree by IAC Professionals INC
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini4G
Size: 576.37 MB

$169.99USD

So Much 2 Say by Close 2 Home apps is a versatile tool for basic communication. It was created expressly for the highly impacted segment of the special needs population. The app is recommended for individuals who are non verbal and lack an effective means to communicate basic needs and wants.
So Much 2 Say – Picture Communication – Close 2 Home Apps, LLC

mzl.xzthiscj The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 So Much 2 Say - Picture Communication by Close 2 Home Apps, LLC
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPad WiFi, iPadMini4G, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 3G, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini
Size: 194.87 MB

$18.99USD

SpeechHero AAC by Andrew McKinney
SpeechHero is an Augmentative & Alternative Communication app (AAC) designed for the iPad. The app was designed to be used without any training on AAC devices, and contains a native tutorial and integrated help system to guide users throughout the app with an easy to use interface. The app includes CoreUtterance©, which predicts likely tiles based on the last one entered. The app is loaded with thousands of such utterances generated from common English speech.”  [Read our full review here]
SpeechHero AAC – The ultimate speech board and communication tool – Andrew McKinney

mzl.wqksycvg The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 SpeechHero AAC - The ultimate speech board and communication tool by Andrew McKinney
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadMini4G, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G
Size: 554.67 MB

$99.99USD

Alexicom Elements Child Home by Alexicom Tech
is a fully functional AAC solution geared specifically to young children.  It comes with 70 preconfigured pages that include the vocabulary and associated pictures that a child would encounter going through his day. These include eating, dressing, washing, and a wide variety of leisure activity pages. Core words are also included.Read our Full review

Alexicom Elements Child Home (M) SymbolStix – Alexicom Tech LLC

mzl.etnzfckb The iMums Favorite Reviewed Apps For Autism 2014 Alexicom Elements Child Home (M) SymbolStix by Alexicom Tech LLC
Category: Education, Medical
Requirements: Compatible with iPadFourthGen, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPadMini4G, iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPad 2 WiFI
Size: 15.88 MB

$19.99USD

These apps were specifically chosen to highlight Autism Awareness Month, but are only a few of the many wonderful apps available to help children on the Autism Spectrum.

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