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The App Revolution: Help for Kids & Teens on the Spectrum

The Apple iPad has been hailed as a miracle for assisting kids with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other special needs. Parents, educators, and therapists describe the profound difference that apps for Apple and Android products have made in helping these kids develop many different skills.

iPad apps have provided a means of communicating for some kids who can’t speak or have language delays. Other programs help kids learn to handle social situations that can be stressful (e.g., school, large crowds, etc.). And many apps can help develop fine-motor skills (e.g., writing, manipulating small objects, etc.).

iPad and iPhone apps are literally revolutionizing learning and communication for ASD kids and teens. Since the launch of these digital devices, many parents, teachers, special education professionals, and therapists worldwide have discovered that most ASD kids are highly receptive to using apps since they are so visually-oriented. This discovery has been reported by major news media in the last year including:
  • BBC News
  • CBC News 
  • CBS 60 Minutes 
  • CNN 
  • Fox News 
  • The Journal 
  • The New York Times

iPad and iPhone apps are helping ASD kids to learn and communicate in a new way that utilizes their visual learning strength. Many of these children have shown a keen interest due to the ease of interaction with the devices and the immediate visual responses from the apps.

The needs and abilities of children and teens with ASD differ greatly. For many of them, the existing apps on the market are either too complicated to understand, too basic, or poorly designed. Thus, we at wanted to compile a list of the most effective apps related to ASD. This led us to spend months researching and working with many ASD children and teens, their parents, special education teachers, speech therapists and other professionals in order to compile a list of the apps that have had the greatest reported benefit to date. We now have that list and have put it up on our sister website:

In addition to the apps, we are on a quest to find the best and most current iBooks and Audiobooks related to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Here you will find the most useful digital products for kids and teens with ASD, their parents, teachers and therapists:

P.S. Do you have a favorite autism app that you would like to add to our new website? If so, please email us at, and we will research the apps’ track-record and consider adding it to the list.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great information.I kept seeing I pad and I phone in the article. Are these apps also available on the more affordable I pod touch?

Laurie said...

In terms of great audio books for older kiddos on the spectrum, both of my sons (NT and my oldest who has a diagnsis f autism) LOVED listening to both of John Elder Robison's books on audio in the car!

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