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.

Time Timer
Time Timer

This is a great environmental support for individuals with ASD. As time can be an abstract concept, the use of the Time Timer adds a visual component which makes the concept more concrete. This visual transformation is very important as it add to the predictability of time events activities occurring throughout the school day or at home.

Kid in Story Book Maker
Kid in Story Book Maker

This free app allows you to create books which can include personal photographs. For individuals with ASD, this app is an excellent medium with which to create social narratives. Social narratives are created with the intention of describing a social situation, usually ones in which an individual with ASD encounters a deficit or challenge. As a result, this app allows you the freedom of presenting a social narrative in a multimedia format, in addition, you can personalize the story with the individual's photograph.

First Then Visual Schedule
First Then Visual Schedule

Often individuals with autism face challenges with organization and retaining verbal information. Due to this, visual schedules are frequently chosen as an intervention to provide a concrete representation of activities and routines.

This app allows you to create daily schedules which can be presented in a list or first-then format. Another helpful feature is that the creator can save multiple visual schedules for routines which occur throughout the home, community and schools.

ASL Dictionary
ASL Dictionary

This program offers over 5200 sign language words and their associated translations. Great to use for those individuals who rely on American Sign Language to communicate with others.

My Day with Wh Words
My Day with Wh Words

Who, Where, When, How, Why & What are the Wh words that tell a Social Story in this app designed for students with Autism. It includes a social story about talking about what the student did that day. It also includes a list of Wh words.

Understanding Faces
Understanding Faces

Designed by a child psychologist, this app helps kids learn to recognize and understand different facial expressions. By Guidance Group, Inc. Free. Best for kids aged 5 to 12.

Odd Face Out
Odd Face Out

Odd Face Out is a very simple, low-arousal quiz in which different expressions or ages must be spotted within groups of similar faces. By Cognable. Free.

Touch & Learn: Emotions
Touch & Learn: Emotions

This free app helps students identify and name emotions, facial expressions. Images of real people appear on the screen and a voice says an emotion, such as 'frustrated'. The student taps on the image of the person that they think looks 'frustrated'. Images and voices are customizable. Free.

Proloquo2Go
Proloquo2Go

AAC software with high quality speech output. The vocabulary includes over 7000 items. Includes text-to-speech. Cost is $189.99

Social Skill Builder
Social Skill Builder

This app teaches appropriate interactions using videos of common social situations and follow-up questions about them. Correct answers are rewarded with cute animated animals. The Lite version (cost $2.99) contains one module of videos and questions each for the My School Day (ages 5-12) , Preschool Playtime, School Rules!(middle-high school) and My Community (AGE 5-15) titles. Additional modules can be purchased for $1.99 each.
The new Social Skill Builder Full App, $12.90 contains more modules based in both the classroom and the playground.