Autism apps

Autism apps

  • There are a wide selection of apps to support children with autism spectrum disorder and their parents and caregivers.
  • Apps have the potential to help children to communicate and express themselves, manage time and routines, better identify and regulate emotions and interact with others.
  • However, many apps are untested and might not help. It’s best to work with your child’s professionals to choose the right apps for your child.
  • Find out more about autism apps.
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Deciding on suitable apps — help me choose

A study by Boyd et al. looked into the contexts in which learning via apps might be beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder and the design features for apps to promote learning. They identified 5 evaluation criteria to guide teachers and caregivers in evaluating iPad apps for helping to improve improve a child’s communication skills. These criteria are:

  • the ability to customize the app
  • the motor skills the student needs to operate the system
  • the resources and time needed for the intervention
  • the research or evidence-based practices behind the app
  • the cost of using the specific device and app.

Recommended apps

As there are so many apps for children with autism spectrum disorder, we have not been able to review all those available. We have instead identified independent organisations that have reviewed these apps. The following are lists of apps recommended by independent organisations.  

Organisation List of apps 
Brisbane Early Stages (B.E.S.T) Autism Therapy 


The Learning App Guide to Autism and Education
Bridging Apps
(United States)

Bridging the gap between technology and people with disabilities
Autism Speaks
(United States)
Technology and Autism
Raising Children
Autism Association of Western Australia
  • A library of app reviews(external link)
    The library is searchable by:
    • app categories (fine motor skills, games/motivators, language, literacy, maths/numeracy, miscellaneous, organisation and independence, social skills)
    • ratings (1-5)
    • age ranges (adult, school age, early years)
    • curriculum (critical & creative thinking, personal & social, literacy, ethical behaviour, numeracy, intercultural, information & communication technology)
Common Sense Education (United States)
Reading Rockets
(United States)
Apps for children with autism and Asperger's(external link)
(Note: links to some reviews don't work)
Center on Technology and Disability
(United States)
AT support for autism - app matrix(external link) 

Disclaimer: Healthify’s app library is a free consumer service to help you decide whether a health app would be suitable for you. Our review process is independent. We have no relationship with the app developers or companies and no responsibility for the service they provide. This means that if you have an issue with one of the apps we have reviewed, you will need to contact the app developer or company directly.

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