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Best Apps for Children with Autism

By Catherine | 24 April 2013

Best Apps for Children with Autism

Children with autism tend to suffer from learning and language delays. These apps are great ways to encourage language and learning development

Apps for iPhone

Grace App

This app features basic picture vocabulary of foods, things I like, places, colors, sizes, and shapes on iPhone/iPad or iPod Touch with a function for creating a sentence that can be read together. The idea of this app is to help autistic and other special needs children communicate effectively through relevant images to form sentences. Grace App was developed by Steve Troughton-Smith with original artwork by Mary Moroney, and with the support of O2 Telefonica.

iAdvocate

With this app, teachers can share and develop specific strategies with parents for working collaboratively with a school team to improve their children’s education. It uses problem-based learning strategies, simulations, and provides contextual access resources to build parental advocacy skills and knowledge. 

ABA Find It!

An app that makes learning more engaging for children with autism or other special needs. With Stanley the Elephant as their guide, ABA Find It! helps kids identify objects across different categories using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques and high-quality imagery.

Fruit Memory

Fruit Memory can be played with up to four players or alone and is an especially good game for young children, though adults may find it challenging and stimulating as well. 

iBaby Buttons

An app that parents can customize using their own pictures and recorded voices.  Tap anywhere on the screen to create a button. Using the app, children can improve their vocabulary also learn names of people effectively. 

Apps for Android

iAugComm

The term AugComm is a shortened version of the term Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and these devices are designed to enhance the communications abilities of people who are not able to speak. It also gives an icon-based method of communication that uses the TTS (Text-to-Speech) library for Android-based devices.

iToucan Talk 

With about 7,000 different pictographs in 14 different languages, this app helps nonverbal, autistic children communicate through pictures. It is an imaginative, yet skillfully designed app.  

Pecs Pics 

Pecs Pics is a picture app that allows children and you, to set a picture of your own choosing to a square. You can record an item in the picture in your voice and give a word to describe that. When the voice is recorded, kids can easily tap the picture to play your recording. 

Quick Talk 

The main screen has two color-coded buttons that can be used to speak using Android’s built-in Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine. The two button design has been optimized to give you a simple option for smoother communication. The app features ‘Smarty Symbols,’ a library that features 11,000 symbols developed by a licensed speech-language pathologist.

VizZle Student Player

A kid-friendly app that creates an environment allowing educators and parents to launch interactive instructional lessons for children with autism. Its visually enabled material supports them to learn the language-based program. VizZle is also available on the iPad. 

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