Are you confused?
Are you wondering what apps might be right for your student or your child? These apps have been vetted by our consultants and considered to be useful for some students. They are all low cost or free. Some of them have demonstration sites or lite versions that allow you to try them out to see if they will work with your student before purchasing.

In selecting an app to use with a student, it is important to consider how the app will be used. Careful planning will help to avoid long, unproductive time spent on the iPad.

Consider the following in making your choice:

  • What IEP goals will the app support?
  • How do you intend to use the app? To increase engagement in a work task? To reinforce task completion? To draw in peers?
  • How much time do you want the student to spend with the app? How will you regulate that?
  • How will you help the student to generalize the skill learned on the iPad to real world environments?

Used appropriately, apps can make great tools for teaching our students with ASD.

Wood puzzle
Wood puzzle

This is an app that allows children to play with simple wooden puzzles. It has several settings, which can be changed depending on your child’s abilities. Tailored to toddlers and preschoolers. Can be used by parents as one of the leisure apps or to teach basic matching skills.

Bitsboard
Bitsboard

This app allows for full customization from the task to the representation. It also allows access to pre-made materials created by other users of the app. This app will require the teacher some time to learn how to use it (you can visit their home page and watch tutorials).

Great app when you are designing series of tasks and do not have access to pictures or 3D materials.

Rhyming Bee
Rhyming Bee

This app is design to teach a student to sort word families. It has lots of animations and has a big choice of word families in the full version. The student is required to sort the words into one of the two word families. Children get to visually see what makes the words rhyme as well as hear.

Wake the Rooster by Telling Time
Wake the Rooster by Telling Time

This game will teach your student how to tell time from an analog clock in a fun, interactive manner. The student is encouraged to set the alarm for the rooster and is rewarded by beautiful animations whenever the alarm is set. The gameplay is adaptive and will progressively get more challenging so that your student is always engaged. However, there are no settings, so there is no control over what is taught.

Time Teacher Lite
Time Teacher Lite

The app has a number of activities that can help to teach children time. A particularly good thing about this app is the “Learn” mode, where the teacher is in full control and can use their instructional techniques to teach time with either digital or analog clock. Additionally, there are pre-set activities to practice telling time, which could be assigned to a student to be done independently.

ABC Writing
ABC Writing

This free app has lots of features and animations. It is customizable in terms of difficulty, task and colour of pen that writer is using. Although a manual isn't included, there is a connect-the-dots option to show the writer their next step. Great for those young learners who like animals!

Wet-Dry-Try-Handwriting
Wet-Dry-Try-Handwriting

This app goes along with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. This is a great app to prime your student on letter formation prior to actual writing. Students can use stylus or their finger to trace the letters. The difficulty level can be adjusted and the mantra for the letter formation can be used when practicing writing. Simple background minimizes the distractions.

Social Stories Creator and Library for Preschool, Autism and Special Needs
Social Stories Creator and Library for Preschool, Autism and Special Needs

Social skills are often an area of deficit for individuals with autism. One method of teaching these skills is through the use of social stories. This app allows the user to create their own social stories and import photos from their photo library. Another great feature is that you can share your social stories and download stories created by others. Additionally, this app can be used to create visual schedules and other visual prompts, expanding its usage.

Behaviour Tracker Pro
Behaviour Tracker Pro

Often, recording data is a requirement of home and school programs for those with ASD. To make data collection easier, this app allows the recorder to record data digitally, decreasing the amount of paper the recorder must carry around. It also allows for video to be recorded which can help explain behaviours to consultants and other tertiary professionals who may have limited contact with their clients. There is also a secure online system, allowing data can be shared between team members.

123TokenMe
123TokenMe

For some individuals on the autism spectrum, the use of extrinsic motivation is required to reinforce behaviours. 123TokenMe is a token economy where individuals earn tokens which are exchanged for rewards. For adults running the program, you are able to keep track of more than one individual at the same time, which is excellent for educational assistants responsible for more than one student.