Best Apps for Kids with Autism [Updated for 2020]

Improve Your Child's Skills With Fun Games & Apps

We Reviewed Dozens Of The Best Apps for Kids with Autism So You Don’t Have To. Here Are Our Top Picks.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects a variety of everyday, life skills. But fortunately enough, there are a plethora of apps that will take the reigns in helping to develop comfortable social behavior and decision-making for our young ones, as well as, helping to reduce daily anxiety.

From storyboards to interactive games, there are a lot of fun ways to stimulate kids with different challenges. These apps pinpoint the needs of these special children without having them conform to something the rest of the population may be more used to.

Developing in different ways and at a difference rate than your peers – or even brothers and sisters – can be frustrating. But with the opportunity to participate in activities meant just for them, children with autism get a new way to strengthen their unique skills.

From becoming a doctor and bandaging up a patient to learning about emotions and the facial expressions that coincide, check out our favorite finds below.

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Top Autism Apps

1 on 1: Communication Easy-Autism App for iPad

iOS App Store

Providing visual prompts, pictures, sounds and more to help with decision making and schedules, this app targets those with on the autism spectrum as well as those ADD, ADSD and other special needs conditions.   

The free version comes with several default libraries of pictures and videos to help with scheduling, choice making, and other communication needs. Some included libraries are alphabet and numbers, colors, getting dressed (boys’ and girls’ versions), and toilet training. More are available in the full version, as well as the capability to add your own pictures and videos and other features.

First Then Visual Schedule

iOS App Store

Consistent, predictable scheduling makes life with a person having autism much easier. Made for those with special communication needs, this app allow caregivers to reinforce positive behavior. Children learn what is expected of them by feeling appreciated and decreasing anxiety.

This app costs $ 9.99 and is fully customizable, so it is perfect for your family’s or classroom’s needs. Add your photos or photos you have found in other places, record your own voice giving descriptions, instructions, and reminders, and share the schedules via printable PDFs.

Toca Boca Apps

Toca Boca Website with App Links

There’s a variety of apps under the “Toca” umbrella that will allow children the freedom to experience a lot of different life scenarios. From bandaging a patient to creating a new hairstyle, your kids can take part in new stories they make for themselves. The apps are wonderful windows into the everyday world, designed for preschoolers, so they are easy and intuitive to play.

Toca Boca apps are mostly free and some include in-app purchases to expand play. There are dozens to choose from.

Learn with Rufus: Emotions

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

For children with autism spectrum disorders that need help learning emotions and the facial expressions that come with it, Rufus is here to help! This is a great app for strengthening social skills. Kids will learn the facial expressions that go with simple emotions like happy, sad, and surprised. They will also tackle more nuanced feelings as well.

Each lesson has three progressively more challenging levels, so kids start with easy tasks and progress to more challenging ones. It also includes motivational sequences and a record-keeping feature for parents and teachers. It costs $4.99.

Super Why! Power to Read

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

Your kiddos get to go on an adventure with this one. Fine tune fine motor skills, use a bit of imagination and test out some vocabulary as well! The app uses four unique games and interactive stories to teach beginning reading skills in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable fashion.

Super Why! is from the folks at PBS Kids, so it’s a very high quality app. It costs $3.99.

The Social Express II

iOS App Store

Aimed at children with social learning challenges, The Social Express II is an interactive app that targets core deficit areas. From school and beyond, the animated visuals will encourage kids to practice social skills. The activities and visuals are appropriate for older as well as younger students.

The app is free to try, and has in-app purchase options for membership if you find it useful. One month costs $19.99 and an annual subscription is $149.99.

Pictello

iOS App Store

A visual story creator aimed at helping the communication skills of non-verbal children, you’ll love the imaginative muscles that your own little one will be able to build within this app. It will help them to remember events and teach social skills as well.

Build personalized stories that have text and pictures on each page. You can even include short video clips if you wish. The app costs $18.99 and is a great tool for helping children with autism and other types of special needs keep memories, follow instructions, and more.

Doodle Buddy Paint Draw App

iOS App Store

There’s so much to love and get creative with throughout Doodle Buddy. Which is its purpose, allowing kids to stretch them imagination and get outside their comfort zone with play. Kids can draw on any of the included backgrounds (yes there is a blank one) or on any picture you wish to load from your phone’s files.  There are over 1400 stamps, smudge capabilities and other features that let anyone get creative.

The app is free to download, and offers in-app purchases. You can buy various amounts of the in-app currency for prices between $1.99 to $11.99 and use it to get enhanced features.

Proloquo2Go

iOS App Store

Proloquo2Go is an assisted communication app designed for individuals who cannot speak or who need help to be understood. The app is fully customizable and can be used to help teach speech skills, as well. Users can add or edit new words, use photos or standard symbols or unique symbols, and more to help aid communication.

The app costs $249.99 to download, but it will improve quality of life a thousand times over.

Life 360: Find Family & Friends

iOS App Store / Google Play Store

This GPS-based app will help family members keep tabs on one another. Family members can see when others leave home, arrive at their destinations, and complete drives. You can also see history of past movements. It’s a great way to keep track of everyone in the family unobtrusively so you can make sure everyone is safe.

The app is free to download for a 7 day trial, and offers a premium version for prices between $4.99 and $49.99. With the premium version, you get additional features, like crash detection, access to history for 30 days, and more.

 

 


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