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Best iPhone and iPad Apps, iBooks and Audiobooks Related to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are visual learners. Thus, there appears to be great potential in the use of iPhones and iPads, which are very visually-oriented devices, to help these kids achieve their educational goals.

Researchers are currently investigating how apps might support a child's communication, learning and social skills - and help him/her manage emotions and behavior. While iPhones and iPads will never replace the role of early intervention and therapy, they are great teaching tools for kids on the spectrum.

Below is a list of the best iPhone apps, iPad apps, iBooks and Audiobooks for (a) children and teens with ASD, (b) parents with ASD children, (c) teachers with ASD students, and (d) therapists with ASD clients...

iPhone Apps:
  1. Autism Apps - Touch Autism 
  2. Calm Counter - Social Story and Anger Management Tool for Autism, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism
  3. Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Communication Tool - Autism, Down Syndrome & Special Needs - Touch Autism   
  4. Touch Trainer - Autism & Special Education - Touch Autism
  5. Autism - Autism Research Institute
  6. Neurology and Psychiatry (Animated Pocket Dictionary series) Focus Apps - Expanded Apps  
  7. Autism iHelp – Play - John Talavera
  8. Autism 5-Point Scale EP - The Autism Society of Minnesota  
  9. My Day With WH Words - A Social Story and Speech Tool for Autism, Down Syndrome and Other Special Needs - Touch Autism
  10. Turn Taker - Sharing Tool and Social Story for Autism, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  11. Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out - Midlife Crisis Apps, LLC
  12. NLConcepts Autism: Sort & Categorize - Natural Learning Concepts  
  13. ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong? - Innovative Mobile Apps
  14. Touch and Learn - Emotions - Innovative Mobile Apps  
  15. ABA Flash Cards & Games - Emotions - Innovative Mobile Apps
  16. Princess Dress for Ball - Matching Cards Memory Game with Beautiful Music for Kids Loving Fashion - Kids Love Best Games & Apps 
  17. Autism Tracker Lite: Track, analyze and share ASD daily - Track & Share Apps, LLC
  18. Autism/DTT Shapes - ZBobbApps.com  
  19. My Little Suitcase by Moms With Apps - Moms With Apps
  20. Catalyst HD - Compass Solutions for Autism  
  21. Emotions and Feelings Autism Social Story - Touch Autism
  22. Autism News Reader - Splaysoft, LLC.  
  23. VAST Autism 1 - Core - SpeakinMotion
  24. iPrompts® - Visual Supports, Schedules and Picture Prompting for Autism and Special Education - Handhold Adaptive, LLC  
  25. Speech with Milo: Sequencing - Doonan Speech Therapy
  26. AutismXpress - StudioEmotion Pty Ltd  
  27. Hidden Curriculum for Kids - AAPC
  28. Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant - FizzBrain  
  29. Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults - AAPC
  30. Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Communication Tool - Autism, Down Syndrome & Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  31. Look in My Eyes: Steam Train - FizzBrain
  32. Eye Contact - Toybox - FizzBrain  
  33. Scene Builder - Car Mechanic - FizzBrain
  34. Look In My Eyes Dinosaur - FizzBrain  
  35. Look In My Eyes 3 Undersea - FizzBrain
  36. Smile at Me - FizzBrain  
  37. Look In My Eyes 2 Car Mechanic - FizzBrain
  38. Voice4u - Spectrum Visions  
  39. Look in My Eyes: Steam Train 2 - FizzBrain
  40. Eye Contact - Zoo - FizzBrain  
  41. Look in My Eyes: Math Facts - FizzBrain
  42. Compliments Social Story and Speech Tool for Preschool, Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  43. Understanding Autism - Aimfire LLC
  44. Knock Knock Numbers -  Joke Telling and Conversations Tool for Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome & Special Education - Touch Autism  
  45. Look in My Eyes: House - FizzBrain
  46. Scene Builder - Undersea - FizzBrain  
  47. Scene Builder - Restaurant - FizzBrain
  48. Autism - Essential Guide to Finally Understanding Autism - AppWarrior  
  49. Joke Telling Social Story and Speech Tool on How to Tell Jokes for Preschool, Aspergers, Autism & Down Syndrome - Touch Autism
  50. Now What - Richard Humphrey  

iPad Apps:
  1. Autism Apps - Touch Autism
  2. Calm Counter - Social Story and Anger Management Tool for Autism, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism
  3. Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Communication Tool - Autism, Down Syndrome & Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  4. Touch Trainer - Autism & Special Education - Touch Autism
  5. Neurology and Psychiatry (Animated Pocket Dictionary series) Focus Apps - Expanded Apps  
  6. Is That Gluten Free? - Midlife Crisis Apps, LLC
  7. Autism iHelp – Play - John Talavera  
  8. My Day With WH Words - A Social Story and Speech Tool for Autism, Down Syndrome and Other Special Needs - Touch Autism
  9. Turn Taker - Sharing Tool and Social Story for Autism, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  10. FindMe(Autism) - Interface3
  11. ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong? - Innovative Mobile Apps  
  12. Touch and Learn - Emotions - Innovative Mobile Apps
  13. Fun With Directions HD Lite - Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development  
  14. ABA Flash Cards & Games - Emotions - Innovative Mobile Apps
  15. Princess Dress for Ball - Matching Cards Memory Game with Beautiful Music for Kids Loving Fashion - Kids Love Best Games & Apps  
  16. Autism Tracker Lite: Track, analyze and share ASD daily - Track & Share Apps, LLC
  17. Picture the Sentence HD Lite - Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development  
  18. Autism/DTT Shapes - ZBobbApps.com
  19. Catalyst HD - Compass Solutions for Autism  
  20. First Phrases HD Lite - Hamaguchi Apps for Speech, Language & Auditory Development
  21. Autism and PDD Reasoning and Problem Solving Lite - Linguisystems
  22. Emotions and Feelings Autism Social Story - Touch Autism  
  23. VAST Autism 1 - Core - SpeakinMotion
  24. Autism Activity Routines - Zone In For Autism  
  25. Potty Training Social Story - Touch Autism
  26. Speech with Milo: Sequencing - Doonan Speech Therapy
  27. Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Communication Tool - Autism, Down Syndrome & Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  28. Voice4u - Spectrum Visions
  29. Compliments Social Story and Speech Tool for Preschool, Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome and Special Needs - Touch Autism  
  30. Knock Knock Numbers -  Joke Telling and Conversations Tool for Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome & Special Education - Touch Autism
  31. Joke Telling Social Story and Speech Tool on How to Tell Jokes for Preschool, Aspergers, Autism & Down Syndrome - Touch Autism  
  32. The Social Express - The Language Express, Inc
  33. PictureCanTalk - Benster Tan  
  34. Using Money and Saving Money Social Story About Basic Money Concepts for Preschool, Aspergers, Autism & Down Syndrome - Touch Autism
  35. Speech with Milo: Prepositions - Doonan Speech Therapy  
  36. Time This! - Speech Concepts, LLC
  37. Running Social Story and Visual Tool About When and Where to Run - Touch Autism  
  38. Voice4u JP - Spectrum Visions
  39. Ritprata - Anna Stam  
  40. Now What - Richard Humphrey

Audiobooks:
  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time (Unabridged) - Mark Haddon
  2. Thinking In Pictures: My Life With Autism (Unabridged) - Temple Grandin
  3. Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds (Unabridged) (Unabridged  Nonfiction) - Jenny McCarthy  
  4. Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir (Unabridged) - Daniel Tammet
  5. To the Best of Our Knowledge: Autism; Labor's Loves Lost (Nonfiction) - Jim Fleming  
  6. Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide (Unabridged) - Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Kartzinel
  7. A Life to Rescue: The True Story of a Child Freed from the Bonds of Autism (Unabridged) - Karen Michelle Graham  
  8. Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism (Unabridged) - Jenny McCarthy
  9. The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Unabridged) - Karen Weintraub, Dr. Martha Herbert  
  10. To the Best of Our Knowledge: Autism (Nonfiction) - Jim Fleming
  11. Studio 360: Art and Autism - Kurt Andersen  
  12. Not My Boy!: A Father, a Son, and One Family's Journey with Autism (Unabridged) - Rodney Peete, Danelle Morton
  13. Saving Ben: A Father's Story of Autism (Unabridged) - Dan E. Burns  
  14. Autism: A Very Short Introduction (Unabridged) - Uta Frith
  15. Eye Contact (Unabridged) - Cammie McGovern  
  16. Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism (Unabridged) - Arthur Fleischmann, Carly Fleischmann
  17. To the Best of Our Knowledge: Amazing Minds: Inside Autism - Jim Fleming  
  18. I Am in Here: The Journey of a Child with Autism Who Cannot Speak but Finds Her Voice (Unabridged) - Elizabeth M. Bonker, Virginia G. Breen
  19. Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World (Unabridged) - Sy Montgomery  
  20. Studio 360: Autism - Kurt Andersen
  21. Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism - Portia Iversen  
  22. Seasons of the Soul (Unabridged) - Janet Syas Nitsick
  23. The Secret Language of Dolphins (Unabridged) - Patricia St. John  
  24. Girls of Tender Age - Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
  25. To the Best of Our Knowledge: Amazing Minds: Inside Autism - Jim Fleming  
  26. Fresh Air, Asperger's Syndrome, May 5, 2004 (Nonfiction) - Terry Gross
  27. The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband (Unabridged) - David Finch  
  28. Wild Orchid (Unabridged) - Beverley Brenna
  29. Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive at Home and at School (Unabridged) - Melinda Docter, Syed Naqvi 

iBooks:

These books are available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - and on your computer with iTunes...
  1. Autism - Kristina E. DesJardins
  2. Parents' Guide to Early Autism Intervention - Kimberly  Kaplan
  3. Autism - Alana Boldt
  4. Living with Autism - Rajneesh Bhandari  
  5. Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew - Ellen Notbohm
  6. Healing and Preventing Autism - Dr. Jerry Kartzinel & Jenny McCarthy  
  7. Autism and the God Connection - Stillman, William
  8. The Autism Revolution - Dr. Martha Herbert & Karen Weintraub  
  9. The Autism Book - Robert Sears
  10. Eating for Autism - Strickland, Elizabeth  
  11. ABA Programs for Kids with Autism - Dr. Gary Brown
  12. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies - Kenneth Bock & Cameron Stauth  
  13. The Autism Mom's Survival Guide (for Dads, too!) - Susan Senator
  14. Autism's False Prophets - Paul A. Offit  
  15. The Pied Pipers of Autism - Leonard Oestreicher
  16. Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition - Temple Grandin  
  17. Disconnected Kids - Dr. Robert Melillo
  18. Carly's Voice - Arthur Fleischmann  
  19. Autism & ADHD Diet - Barrie Silberberg
  20. Autism Spectrum Disorders - Chantal Sicile-Kira  
  21. Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum - Chantal Sicile-Kira
  22. The Autism and Asperger's Handbook - Eric R. Mitchell, PhD  
  23. Understanding Autism For Dummies - Stephen Shore
  24. The Myth of Autism - Dr. Michael J. Goldberg  
  25. Louder Than Words - Jenny McCarthy
  26. Asperger's Syndrome - Melinda Docter, Ed.D.  
  27. Fringe: My Life as a Spirit-Filled Christian with Asperger's Syndrome - Stephanie Mayberry
  28. Loving Someone with Asperger's Syndrome - Cindy Ariel & Stephen Shore  
  29. Aspergers Syndrome - Anita A. Lesko
  30. Solutions for Adults with Asperger's Syndrome - Juanita P. Lovett  
  31. The Everything Parent's Guide To Children With Asperger's Syndrome - William Stillman
  32. The Best Kind of Different - Shonda Schilling & Curt Schilling
  33. Understanding Asperger's Syndrome - Emily Burrows & Sheila Wagner
  34. The Journal of Best Practices - David Finch  
  35. School Success for Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome - Richard Weinfeld
  36. Quirky, Yes---Hopeless, No - Beth Wagner Brust & Cynthia La Brie Norall, Ph.D.
  37. Having a Brother with Asperger's Syndrome: an insightful guide for families - Isobel Aura  
  38. Finding Kansas - Aaron Likens
  39. Aspie: Memoirs On The Blessings And Burdens Of Asperger's Syndrome - John K. Olson, PhD 
  40. Asperger's Syndrome For Dummies, UK Edition - Georgina Gomez de la Cuesta
  41. Understanding Asperger's Syndrome - Tom Mckenzie  
  42. Coaching People with Asperger's Syndrome - Bill Goodyear
  43. Unwrapping The Mysteries Of Asperger's - Kristi Hubbard  
  44. Pretending to Be Normal - BookRags.com
  45. The Aspie Teen's Survival Guide - J. D. Kraus  
  46. Elijah's Cup - Valerie Paradiz
  47. Asperger's Syndrome at Work: What EA Professionals Need to Know - The Journal of Employee Assistance  
  48. The Parents' Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar ASDs Real-Life Skills for Independence - Patricia Romanowski & Peter Gerhardt
  49. 101 Choices On My Path to Well-Being - Dane E. Colby  

Mac Apps:  
  1. Homeopathy For Autism DT - Aerende, Inc.
  2. The Social Express - The Language Express, Inc

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4 comments:

Tammy said...

I'd like to try the PictureCanTalk with my son. Great list.

linda said...

Just what I've been looking for. I can not tell you how much I appreciate your newsletters and tips. Truly enlightening and timely.

Anonymous said...

Is there any for android phones and tablets? I would really like to use them for my kids.

Anonymous said...

I agree with previous comments. Thank you for your articles, they are helpful, insightful and timely. =)

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually. Thus, the best treatment for Aspergers children and teens is, without a doubt, “social skills training.”

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But...

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

If your child suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, expect him to experience both minor and major meltdowns over incidents that are part of daily life. He may have a major meltdown over a very small incident, or may experience a minor meltdown over something that is major. There is no way of telling how he is going to react about certain situations. However, there are many ways to help your child learn to control his emotions.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

The standard disciplinary techniques that are recommended for “typical” teenagers do not take into account the many issues facing a child with a neurological disorder. Violent rages, self-injury, isolation-seeking tendencies and communication problems that arise due to auditory and sensory issues are just some of the behaviors that parents of teens with Aspergers will have to learn to control.

Parents need to come up with a consistent disciplinary plan ahead of time, and then present a united front and continually review their strategies for potential changes and improvements as the Aspergers teen develops and matures.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

Although they may vary slightly from person to person, children with Aspergers tend to have similar symptoms, the main ones being:

=> A need to know when everything is happening in order not to feel completely overwhelmed
=> A rigid insistence on routine (where any change can cause an emotional and physiological meltdown)
=> Difficulties with social functioning, particularly in the rough and tumble of a school environment
=> Obsessive interests, with a focus on one subject to the exclusion of all others
=> Sensory issues, where they are oversensitive to bright light, loud sounds and unpleasant smells
=> Social isolation and struggles to make friends due to a lack of empathy, and an inability to pick up on or understand social graces and cues (such as stopping talking and allowing others to speak)

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent?

Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

Parents face issues such as college preparation, vocational training, teaching independent living, and providing lifetime financial support for their child, if necessary. Meanwhile, their immature Aspergers teenager is often indifferent – and even hostile – to these concerns.

As you were raising your child, you imagined how he would be when he grew up. Maybe you envisioned him going to college, learning a skilled traded, getting a good job, or beginning his own family. But now that (once clear) vision may be dashed. You may be grieving the loss of the child you wish you had.

If you have an older teenager with Aspergers who has no clue where he is going in life, or if you have an “adult-child” with Aspergers still living at home (in his early 20s or beyond), here are the steps you will need to take in order to foster the development of self-reliance in this child.

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