Best iPad Apps for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

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apple ipadI am the mom of a beautiful and amazing son who just happens to have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism.  A few months ago I read an article on Blogher called "The iPad a Near-Miracle for my son." It immediately caught my attention not only because of  Shannon's beautiful writing and story, but because I am always looking for opportunities to help our son succeed.Here are some of the best ipad apps for Autism

I am blessed to have a small career here as a product reviewer, so I bravely contacted  a lovely Apple PR person about my story.  Apple was able to generously loan me an iPad for Nolan and I to try.  I am so excited that Apple is noticing us and is interested in what we say about Autism.    My hope is this will encourage the geniuses behind the iPad to develop even more resources for our children (and adults).  Early intervention is the key and the iPad is a door to the future.

This is a list of the iPad apps that Nolan really enjoyed and that I believe will help him to develop and encourage the skills that he needs to work on.  Because of early intervention, he has grown so much with his vocabulary and communication.  Most of the apps he and I liked aren't targeted  for autism, but they are "autism friendly".   I tried to find as many free and under $2.00 apps as I could.  The iPad isn't the cure to Autism, it is a resource for parents that is working.   My experience with the iPad is unique to my child but I do believe that it can be helpful to many others.

We made a video demonstrating just a few apps that we enjoy.  I listed the rest below.

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  1. jeccica simpson says:

    I would like to try the iReward chart. This sounds awesome.

    jeccica

  2. Jackie Wisherd says:

    I would like to try the Splatter HD for my grandson who has Asperger’s.
    I hope I win. Thanks

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  6. john pratt says:

    the angry octopus book but all are interesting

  7. Mildred Mayo says:

    I know a child that would benefit from this prize. The Toy Story would be my choice but any one of them would be a plus.

  8. Elizabeth I says:

    I like the splatter app. I happen to be the mom to a son who has cerebral palsy, he might be able to do the splatter app.

    topgun34er(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Elizabeth I says:
  10. I really like the idea of the social apps so I’d like to win the Social Stories one.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and super-informative review!

  11. laurie damrose says:

    i’d love to try Larry the talking parrot for my 16 yr old ,Lucas who has Aspergers.

  12. I just Stumbled this post as katygmorris.

    Thanks!!! 🙂

  13. I follow you on Twitter as @katygmorris and I just Tweeted about this giveaway here: http://twitter.com/katygmorris/status/21347808704

    Thanks!!! 🙂

  14. I just posted about this giveaway/ review on my Facebook page as Katy Morris.

    Thanks!!! 🙂

  15. The I-rewards chart sounds great.

  16. Kathryn Zebrowski says:

    I would like to try the angry dragon

  17. Kathryn Zebrowski says:

    I’m sorry I mean the angry octopus app!

  18. Vikki Parman says:

    One of the social skills apps, Model Me. stormvikki

  19. Some of these seem really good, but I’ll say the Model Me program.

  20. laurie blum says:

    These books look interesting for adults and children!

  21. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    I would like to try the iReward chart. This sounds awesome.

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  25. marilyne lavoie says:

    I would like to try the iReward chart.

  26. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I would like to try the meegenious. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  27. Kelly Ann T. says:

    I like the Look in My Eyes Garage. This could help with understanding those who are different than ourselves.

  28. I would like to try Tom the Talking Cat. I love the cute little voice that it talks back with.

  29. I would like to try to Look 2 Learn. My baby is going for communication/augmentative eval soon, the ipad is definitely on my list of things to ask about.

  30. Donna Warrington says:

    I would like to try the Toy Story 3 Appl

    Donna

  31. Donna Warrington says:

    I follow you on Twitter as 2Cats2See

    Donna

  32. Donna Warrington says:

    I’m a facebook fan.

    Donna Hufman Warrington

  33. Donna Warrington says:

    My granddaugher would love Alice in Wonderland interactive book

    Donna

  34. Donna Warrington says:

    I tweeted the following: Best iPad Apps for Autism Giveaway of Apps and iTunes Card @bookroomreviews #iPad #Autism

    http://twitter.com/2Cats2See

    Donna

  35. Donna Warrington says:

    I posted on facebook the following: Best iPad Apps for Autism Giveaway of Apps and iTunes Card @bookroomreviews #iPad #Autism

    Donna Hufman Warrington

  36. rob reilly says:

    the free piano app!

  37. I would love to try the Virtuoso app!

  38. we’d love the piano app
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

  39. Loopz looks super fun!

  40. Don’t enter me in the drawing. I want to leave a comment and tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your reviews of the iPad. What a great tool for so many things and it so encouraging to hear about the aps that help with Aspergers. I enjoyed the video and loved hearing your son laugh, play music and tell the story of the lost cat. If Apple wants my 2 cents worth I think they should give you that iPad. You have done hundreds of dollars of advertising for them. I for one am definitely thinking about buying an iPad based solely on your reviews.

  41. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like the splatter app.

  42. Rebecca Graham says:
  43. I would like to try the Splatter HD.

  44. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I want to try the Social Stories.

  45. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I would like to try the meegenius app.

  46. We’d like to try Loopz.

  47. Johannah B says:

    Talking Tom. One it encourages children to talk and it also lets them “hear” what they sound like ~~ and think out a story start to finish. It’s my all time favorite.

  48. I would like to try Alice in Wonderland

  49. I think the Toy Story 2 and 3 app would be alot fo fun for my kids.

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  51. Toy Story looks cute

  52. I would like the Tortise and the Hare

  53. i have a grandson with high functioning autism and this would be great for him, he is 8, ABA Receptive $.99 Colorful and engaging flash cards are used to encourage the child to develop functional communication skills. Nolan works on this at school and I like the app to use at home. He enjoyed this app and the cost is great.

  54. I would have to go with Toy Story. Ever since we went to see Toy Story 3, our children are all into it.

  55. loopz

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  57. Susan Margaret says:

    I’d like to try the Draw for iPad with my kids!

    charmtime at gmail dot com

  58. Debbie Stanton says:

    i would like to try the THE ANGRY OCTOPUS for my son… it definately looks like something he would benefit from.

  59. I’m clueless about apps

  60. JAMES LYNAM says:

    Definately, the ANGRY OCTOPUS.

  61. Mellissa C says:

    I like the Loopz.

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  63. I would love to try the first/then schedule, the receptive ABA application and the Toy Story interactive books!

  64. I love this post! I work as a music therapist with children that have autism. I love your suggestions for the ipad! I think I will try the autism xpress with some existing songs about feelings, etc, though I would love to try the toy story app with my own children!

  65. Our six year old would love the Splatter HD and I think Look into my Eyes will really help him. I’m curious about the journal app, too.

  66. These are great recommendatios! My son loves the iPad. We’d really like to try Stories2learn.

  67. Mary Brown says:

    We must have Toy Story 3!!! We named our son Woody after the winsome cowboy, and he loves all things Toy Story. His autism is pretty severe, and he uses the iPad to communicate, using voice output and other apps.

  68. Lisa Lumley says:

    My son is autistic and 8yrs old. He is non-verbal and I would like to try any of the apps for him. I think this could be a great learning tool for him.

  69. I’d like to try Angry Octopus

  70. I’d like to try Social Skills app

  71. we are getting an ipad next week and i am looking for apps that are educational for my tweens!!

  72. I too love Disney’s Toy Story and am interested in that app.

  73. Brenda Ammons says:

    I think my son would love the Toy Story 3 App… it looks like it not only has the story, but also puzzles and games 🙂 We have bought the Disney cds to play books on the computer before and he loved those…

  74. First Then Visual Schedule would be invaluable for my son. He works very well when things are written down and checked off as completed. The calendar could very well be written in stone, and he thrives on his set schedule. Can’t wait to try out some of these apps on our iPad!

  75. I have been exploring lots of ipod touch apps this summer and can’t wait to use them in speech at school. The Octopus book looks great! Wish I could add an ipad to my supplies too.

  76. Hilery Brown says:

    All the apps look great! I like most Angry octupus, splatter paint, talking tom but I will take a closer look at the other later there is an IEP one that I want to check out too. Thanks!

  77. Margaret Gabriele says:

    the social skills app – my son has Asperger’s and he would really benefit from it.

  78. Toni Glenn says:

    Have you checked out MyTalk app for ipad, which allows kids to communicate with their own customized boards and pre-recorded messages their parents or teachers help them make. You can download a free mobile version for your iphone or ipad at http://www.mytalktools.com. The app was developed by a father of a special needs child who could not talk.. and has mobility problems. The app and ipad make a portable, cool AAC device….at a fraction of the cost.

  79. I am always interested in improving the social skills of my students so thanks. There are a great number of apps to help with academics, communication and motor skills. I thing the iPad is one of the best inventions for our ASD students. Yeah.

  80. michelle rosborough says:

    I like the Look 2 Learn app

  81. I would like to try the toy story 3 app.

  82. Paul Klaene says:

    My 25 year old son is a low functioning nonverbal autistic individual. He really enjoys his iPod Touch. Currently his favorite game is Shape Builder. He truly enjoys putting the shapes in place and the feedback he receives when he completes a picture. He also enjoys matching games and watching animated videos on his iPod Touch.

  83. I’m looking forward to the Angry Octopus.

  84. The Social Stories App got my attention. I like the Talking Parrot one too!

  85. The Toy Story 3 app looks so fun. My niece would love it!

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  87. I would love to have the tortoise and the hare. suelee1998 @gmail.com

  88. Paula Hafner says:

    I would like to try Loopz.

  89. Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the MeeGenius app!

  90. Amy Delong says:

    would like the toy story app
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  91. Angela Winesburg says:

    I would love to get the Toy Story 3 app, thanks!

  92. Lissette Rodriguez says:

    I would love to try the ABA Receptive App.

  93. I want to try the Toy story 3 app, I would also like to try the Baby Mozart App.

  94. What memory capacity iPads are people finding useful to use with thier child how has ASD – 16, 32 or 64GB? I have a few clients who are looking to get one to use for scheduling and social stories. I am thinking that the pictures will take up a lot of memory, but is a 64GM machine overkill or the best option? Thanks

    • That is a good question and I don’t know the answer. You could go to the Apple website iPad site and ask there. I don’t want to give you the wrong information. Thanks for asking:)

    • I would also recommend the smallest size of iPad for anyone looking to get one, currently the 16GB model. Because computers think of “one thousand” as 1,024, the actual size of a 16GB iPad is only 14GB.

      However, what with going a little crazy installing dozens of Free apps (including a few around 100MB in size), and loading videos, music, and ebooks onto the iPad, I’ve still only managed to use up 6GB of the storage space. A very handy “free” (ad-supported) app called Pad-Info tells me all of this information.

      Pictures are much smaller than videos and most apps, and sometimes even smaller than ebooks. If your apps use a lot of pictures, the “16GB” model is still more than adequate, and the money you save buys a hard plastic case and a padded carry bag with handles and a shoulder strap. You can save a lot of money by using any carry bag made for a 10 inch NetBook.

      Remember to get two other accessories for your iPad: the “Camera Kit” which consists of two adapters, a SD card reader and a USB flashdrive reader; and a car charger designed for the iPad. The former will let you load in pictures taken on the spot into your autism applications, and the latter is important as iPads are slightly picky when it comes to using USB power connections.

  95. Regarding the GB issue, I strongly recommend the 16 GB version unless you want to fill the iPad with many movies or plenty of music. Even high resolution images are compressed automatically when they are loaded into the iPad, so they take 1 MB at maximum. This means that 1.000 images would take only 1 GB.

  96. After reading this review, my hubby and I would like to purchase an Ipad for our son with autism. I love that it’s touchscreen.

  97. Jenn hampton says:

    Definitely the IEP and receptive speech one!

  98. Darlene Higginbotham says:

    I am a special education coordinator, and I am interested to know if any districts are using this with children with autism yet.

    • One of our Educational Assistants has been bringing his IPAD in for his student to use. All the students in our class are intrigued by it and are using it to access literacy and numeracy apps. We approached our Parent Advisory Committee for one and it was approved! We’ve ordered it and are expecting delivery any day!

    • Elizabeth says:

      I am a teacher and just bought an Ipad to be able to use it with my students who have autism. The district is not supplying them but myself and another teacher use them and they are great! I work with nonverbal highschoolers. the interactive apps have made a huge difference in understanding academics and communitcation, especially with social stories.

      • Thank you for sharing your experience Elizabeth. that is so uplifting to hear! You are such a great teacher to buy one yourself, I hope teachers will be able to get them from the schools someday! That is frustrating. I know some school districts are providing them, so I don’t understand it. God bless:)

    • My son’s school district won a technology grant and bought i pads for almost all of their students, including my son with autism. I live in Illinois, and I was surprised to learn this, since we are broke. Right now they have downloaded some apps for my son to use, and they use the i pad as a rewards system for him.

    • Patricia Deeck says:

      Hi,
      I am a speech and language specialist, and i have currently taken a new position in our assistive technology. My primary responsibility is evaluating children for augmentative/alternative communication. I have a vast knowledge of AAC. The Ipad is a great tool for learning. Our children are such visual learners!! We currently have quite a few ipads in our lending library (we have the students trial the devices before making a decision). I was not that impressed at first with some communication apps. I felt that what was lacking was research based language platforms. As a language specialist I felt that dedicated communication systems such as Vantage/Unity and Dynavox products provided you with a system that encouraged language and literacy (core words, fringe vocabulary etc.) The app. that I currently like for young children for communication is Sonoflex by Tobii. You can download a lite free version and check it out. We also recommend the Otterbox or the Iadapter (made by AMDI) cases. They provide a strong protective case (the ipad alone is fragile if dropped) The IAdapter also has outside speakers that have rechargeable batteries. Hope this helps

      • Thank you Patricia. Do you have any recommendations for social skills apps for elementary children? Nolan is high functioning, but has trouble with conversations and reading comprehension.

  99. Thank you for your research into Apple apps for Autism and the iPad. You’ve given me a great start w/ apps that can help my son.

  100. I can confirm the Ipad works great for my autistic son. There are many apps that help with fine motor skills and reading/writing, e.g. the Montessori apps.

    Cheers
    F

  101. I have a question. I cannot find some of the apps you mentioned. Mainly the PBS kids My Journal and the First Then Visual Schedule. Are these the correct names, and if so, do you know why I cannot find them? Would they have discontinued them already? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

    • I think the PBS kids My Journal has been renamed to Mister Rogers Make a Journal for Preschoolers. I haven’t downloaded it yet, but the illustrations for it in the itTunes store look like what was shown in the youtube video.

  102. Thank you for the great suggestions! I am going to visit you blog:)

  103. Thanks a lot for this helpful article, love it!!!! I get the ones may help my beautiful 9 yrs old daughter, please let us know the new ones!!! is so much easy this way, God bless you guys.

  104. Thanks for the ideas! With a recently AS diagnosed son (age 9), I’m looking for all the help I can find. While I know the i-pad won’t make it all better, I see promise in some of the apps, especially the transition and social stories apps. And, in the lingo of a mom who also has a kid with ADHD, it’s so ooooh, shiny!

    Sarah

  105. After reading this i am also looking into getting an ipad for my son with aspergers.
    Any help is great help i say 🙂
    Thank you

  106. Hi. Thanks for the information on the apps. I was wondering if you knew whether they work on the ipod touch? The ipad is a little out of my price range for Christmas with everything else I have to buy, but have heard from a couple of parents that their children use the ipod touch. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Abby,
      Yes some of them will work on the iTouch. It will say in iTunes on the download page. We have played them on our iPod touch too. Thanks for visiting:)

  107. I recently began a review site dedicated to iPad storybooks and recently reviewed, “Zanny: Born to Run” which was developed for kids with autism. Please check it out at: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=28

    It has a wonderful game bundled with the book that asks the child to choose from several emotions to match the character’s mood.

  108. Thank you for the research. I was starting to look on my own, and it was feeling overwhelming. This has given me a great place to start.

  109. Joe Cardenas says:

    Strongly suugest a very good case and although a bit pricy, the one from OtterBox is unbeleivable. I used to quiver everytime my kids walked around the house with it and now I only quiver half as much:)

    Link: http://www.otterbox.com/apple-ipad-cases/apple-ipad-cases,default,sc.html

  110. My son (13 yrs old) is now using an iPad at school (non-public placement specializing in autism/special needs) and he loves it. Garrett is profoundly autistic, and though partially verbal, he continues to struggle with verbal requests vs echolalia. After using the iPad at school twice, he came home and requested an iPad for Christmas in clear, concise language!

    It took some doing and some sacrifice, but we made it happen. We got the 16 Gb version. We’ll be downloading apps for trial tonight!

    Will update.

  111. Thank you for the great information! I was looking for a good tool to help my son and thought “why not an iPad” and sure enough found your site.

  112. Hi,

    My blog has changed from iautismo.wordpress.com to http://www.iautism.info, and now it is a truly multilingual blog. The list of apps has now ¡136!

    It is wonderful to see how many new apps are appearing every month.

  113. Thank you so very much!

  114. iBiomed for tracking blood work and health related stuff (for caregivers)
    The Conover Company has social story apps, free and 1$ each… a whole lot of them for ~40$

  115. For any of you who may not have heard yet, Apple is now selling the iPad for $399 new and $349 refurb with the new model being introduced yesterday. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy Apple’s refurb products as they carry the same warranty. Hope this helps.

  116. Samantha Hatch says:

    I recently bought an iPad for my five year old daughter with autism and we are really loving “Tap to Talk” as a AAC Speech device. I think it rivals Proloque2go for half the price and between the iPad and these two apps, Dynavox and their $10K speech devices will be obsolete!

    We are also loving “First Words” and a couple of the free music apps.

    I can’t wait to try out “First then visual Schedule” and “Model Me”. Thanks for the suggestion!!
    Larry the Talking Parrot sounds fairly awesome, as well!!!

    Thanks!

  117. Christine says:

    I’m a doctoral student in Special Ed, focusing on autism. I came across this site while looking into apps that would be useful for children on the spectrum. Thank you for identifying the apps; I’m planning on getting an iPad to conduct my study. I’m pretty excited about it, and I hope to be able to develop a new app that would be useful for these precious kids!

    • I discovered this for the same reasons, Christine! I am very excited to have found a community that has experience with autism in the app world! I’m hoping my dissertation will be a beneficial addition! =)
      I look forward to learning more when I, too, purchase my iPad in the near future!

    • Please share your dissertation with us and especially your app! Bless you and Thank you for choosing this subject too!

  118. I’ve created a new list of apps for Android (http://www.iautism.info/en/2011/03/25/list-of-apps-for-android/). It includes 25, so it seems Android is beginning to be useful for people with ASD.

  119. Kim Thompson says:

    I just bought the iPad2 to use in my classroom. I teach non-verbal and limited verbal students with autism. The main reason I bought the iPad was to help with communication. Right now I use boardmaker icons. I would like a communication program that uses real pictures with which the students can build sentences. I hate to spend a lot of money on a program that is not going to meet my students needs. Do you have any suggestions. I love this site! I can hardly wait to try some of the programs with my students!

  120. Thank you Pam, I will email you and I’m sure many other parents would be thrilled to share their stories!

  121. Caitlyn Williams says:

    i am so excited i found this site. i work in a class with children with special needs and i just bought the ipad today. i cant wait to try the apps out.

  122. I would really love the Toy Story 3 app. I am a speech-language pathologist and my students LOVE the Toy Story 1 app. It is highly motivating!

  123. Samantha Lam says:

    I downloaded a bunch of the free apps for my iphone, but i would need an ipad for the idraw… which looks really cool! My little man loves art and loves to draw so i bet he would love it!

  124. Maria Connell says:

    Hi There I reside in Australia I don’t feel this should be the problem but I am having great difficulty in itunes finding the ‘PBS Kids My Journal App’ can you tell me if it is still available & if not do you know of an app very similar thanks Maria.

  125. Maria Connell says:

    Hi There I was wondering if you could let me know if the ‘PBS Kids My Journal App’ is still available I have not been able to locate it on iTunes I do reside in Australia & we are linked to a .com.au iTunes store so I am not sure if that makes a difference. If this app is no longer available can you recommend one similar please. Thanks Maria.

  126. Years ago one of my favourite pc games to be used for language was “Just me and my Dad” by Living Books. It is the only Living Book to be ported to iPad with all the interactive elements intact. Each page had at least 7 or so animations. When my son was little we used to click on something to make the animation occur and then he had to say what happened, e.g. “the dog jumped”. At first I would prompt what to say but in time he was able to say it on his own. Unfortunately all the other living books and Mercer Mayer books on iPad don’t have these wonderful features.

    We also used to extend language by talking about how something was funny, or how Little Critter was scared by the bear etc. It would be worth asking your Speech and Language Pathologist for ideas on how to use the app.

  127. My 8 year old kiddo with ASD has trouble understanding some situations and expressing himself, and often ends up appearing rude, and in conflict with those around him. He needs explicit information about social rules, expressed in a pleasing visual format, so the iPad’s applications should work well!! I am most excited about Angry Octopus and First Then, as sticking with non-preferred activities is hard!!

  128. wow! Thanks for this 🙂
    My son just got diagnosed with ADHD and ASD (but mild) so I was looking for apps for my iphone to help him with social skills etc..so thanks for the suggestions.
    another 2 interesting ones (but I dont know if they are also for Ipad)
    autism app
    autismclassroom

    Check them out!

  129. Thanks for this helpful post! I couldn’t find where you mentioned the age of your son. Do you think these apps would work for older and younger autistic children as well? Keep up the good work.

  130. Hi, I’m the designer of a new puzzle game for children, wich the a4cwsn.com comunity liked very much. It’s a puzzle game for iPhone and iPad that has 100 images and after proper making it says the name of the figure in english. It develops fine motor
    skills and is slowly getting harder so it keeps the concentration high. You can learn more about the game here:
    http://www.meandbeegames.com
    The feedback will be very interesting for me because I planing to create other apps for children with special needs.

  131. I am an owner of a new art gallery in Seattle that displays spectrum art (HeART of the Spectrum). My own partner has been diagnosed with Aspergers since we opened (LOL what a coincidence! The universe puts you where you need to be when you need to be there). My question is he is: He is 52 years old and I just bought him an Ipad for Christmas-What programs would be good for a high functioning adult… He is brilliant but as most persons with Aspergers he struggles with being socially challenged, and he has a tendency to shut down when he gets “too much verbal or situational stimulation” Any ideas on good ADULT programs for him that may help him communicate when he shuts down? Also scheduling programs would be helpful to allow him to schedule himself so he is able to self limit his compulsive tendencies.

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    http://ipicto.applereports.com/iPicto/Welkom.html

    Thank you for attention,

    Sincerely,

    Erwin van den Hout
    The Netherlands

  133. theresa viscardi says:

    thank you for your information, my son is 12 with high function autism, so it is an apple IPAD, i go and buy, not sure where to begin ? thanks 201 982 2759
    i know i want to get him one, but which one, and i guess these apps are additives

  134. Dear Tracy,
    I am in similar circumstances to yourself so I’m really grateful for this list. I’m certainly going to give these apps a go.
    Best wishes,
    Ted

  135. What a fantastic review! Saved me so much time and money. And with a child with additional needs, both are precious commodities! I’m looking forward to trying a few of these apps, especially the iReward chart. Although we already use a wall chart, my son has lost interest and tends to eat the stars etc! I have hope my son will stay focused on the iReward chart as it’s more predictable – something we’ve found the iPad to give him – more focus for a longer period of time. It’s great!

  136. Thank you for all the info! I am a special education teacher and new to the iPad world. I am so so excited to use my iPad to help students with various disabilities, but am especially excited to use it with my little pumpkins with Autism! Thanks again!!!

  137. Carolyn NemecCnemec says:

    Any resources for high school children?

  138. Thank you!! My husband just gave me an IPad for our anniversary. I wanted to get some apps for our son, a six year old with asperger’s. I think he’s going to really live the talking cat, lol.

  139. Keely Godwin says:

    I would just like to point out for those parents on a tighter budget that there are a number of droid operating system tablets that are less than half the price of the iPad, and most of these applications, if not all of them, are available via the google play store.
    When making this decision, don’t just jump for the most popular (and most expensive product). These apps can get expensive after a time, and spending $250 to $400 on a tablet instead of $400 to $700 on the ipad or ipad2 (depending on the bells, whistles and memory content you choose) would leave more extra cash available for buying the Apps.
    Also google has a special now where purchasing a google Nexus 7 tablet gives a $50 credit at their play store.
    If you want an iPad, go for it. If you have an iPad, go for these apps. If you’re tablet shopping, get the whole picture before jumping in a very pricey purchase.

    • I agree Keely. The only reason I was able to review it was Apple sent me one for review, but didnt let me keep it:( So my parents blessed us one for Christmas for the holidays. I would love to try out other tablets and Autism appropriate apps for review. We would make more videos:).

    • Yes but I was at a conference on Spectrum disorders and the speaker, who has autism, mentioned the perks of iPad, iPods is they have the letters appear right above the letter as typed…this feature provides somebody with spectrum disorder user friendliness as it is hard for them to transition from fingers to screen by looking up and down…their ability to make this transition and maintain focus throughout is very challenging, thus the design is just happens to be more user friendly for them. Also for those with high sensory issues the iPad has less flickering. I don’t know this is just what they say and as a mother of a six year old with asperger’s i wouldn’t want to spend 250-400 dollars on something he hates and can’t use effectively anyhow…I think there may be reason behind all of the excitement for using the iPads/iPods with those with spectrum disorders.

  140. Rita Schabel says:

    Are there any apps for adults with high function autism. Most of above seem better for children. Thank you

  141. I’m most interested in trying the social story apps – the social stories that he gets from school are really popular and helpful for my son.

  142. Wondering if these apps will run on an iPod – as my mother is willing to loan me her second iPod while I work on funding to buy a tablet for my recently diagnosed son – who unfortunately it seems is “too old” for most funding things. Took us 4 years to get in to see the Psych team who can give a diagnosis so he’s now 9 and funding for a lot of things stops at 7.

  143. Ravi Bulusu says:

    checkout the ipad app — from educreations (there is only one app from them).
    My daughter uses this everyday.
    (Ravi Bulusu Saturday 02/02/2013 @ 12:56 PM EST)

  144. This is very helpful. I have a granddaughter that has Autism.

  145. jacqueline wilson says:

    I was searching for a music learning APP for my 6 year old which is easy to use for my kid. I found Jazzy World tour a perfect App for my kid. It just not get a easy to use interface but teaches different type of music.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-world-tour-free-musical/id574909527?mt=8

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