Autistic Disorder and other Special Needs Apps

Special Needs Apps

Find the best Smart Phone Apps to use with autistic disorders and other special needs. Make communication easy and successful for everyone. Holding a device that everyone else is using such as a Mobile Phone, iPod or iPad make the communicator fit in socially.

The size of the device is so convenient to carry around, so much easier than an 8 pound device dandling at your hip in the bag over your shoulder. (And sometimes with the autistic order, weight is an issue). The smart phone fits the back pocket, backpack or purse. No one knows you have a communication device until you whip out your phone then slide it away.

The reviews of these apps are the opinion of a teacher who has been in special education for 30 years. Don’t let the scores by others affect you. Check out the apps and you decide. While asking these questions, Is the app is too colorful, too visually distracting? Is it too noisy? Is it too demanding? Only you the parent or teacher knows the best.

Other apps are informational for the parent or teacher.

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Tally Counter
By Pixel Research Labs
4.5 STARS out of 5

Get the Tally Counter, you just won't be able to live without it once you start using it. In a classroom with students who have autistic disorders, the spectrum of behaviors are so wide and varied the tally counter will help you with accuracy. No paper and pencil to keep handy. Just the smartphone. Tap (+) to add a count and (-) to subtract a count. There is an auditory beep that help you recognize whether you hit the add button or the subtract button. So easy you will wonder how you stayed so accurate.

It is best to use this on the iPhone to be discrete as you count behaviors.

FREE Version: - iPhone

PAID Version: - iPhone

Touch Trainer - Autism & Special Education
By Touch Autism
3.5 STARS out of 5

This is an easy to use app for anyone with an autistic disorder or other special needs. As the trainer, you choose the number of successful consecutive taps on the screen before moving on to the next level.

The visual aides are a variety of silhouettes or line drawings of a horse, ball, star, drum and a few other objects. Train the user how to tap on an iPhone or iPad. So many of the apps now require an accurate tap. This will help train or teach the user the correct way to tap on a screen.

PAID Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

By StudioEmotion Pty Ltd. Inc.
2.5 STARS out of 5

This is a very simple one-function smart phone game app. A question appears; How are you feeling? With 12 colorful cartoon faces below it. The faces are labeled, touch one and it animates and makes a matching sound of the emotion. For example touch a smiling face then it giggles loudly the face moves a bit.

With the paid version of AutismXpress Pro, you have three game choices: Feeling Finder, the same game in the free app. Emotion Matching, matching two facial icons for a win. Expression Question, 3 faces are showing. A question at the top asks, which one is happy. The user needs to tap the correct face. The reading makes this one hard for independent use. But if your user is able to read this just might be used as a positive reward for doing other things well.

If your autistic disorder user is distracted by or likes animation, here it is.

FREE Version: - iPhone

PAID Version: - iPhone

FREE Version: Android™

PAID Version: Android™

Turn Taker - Special Education & Autism
By Touch Autism
Not rated yet

The Turn Taker uses visual and/or audio cues to facilitate turn taking and/or sharing in children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome or other special need.

This app has also been used successfully with young children, children diagnosed with ADHD, and with any child that finds it difficult to share!

The adult can use the turn taker to lengthen the time between turns or to show the child with an autistic disorder that the turn does return.

PAID Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: Android™

Vocal Slides
By Lycanslab
4 STARS out of 5

Sometimes the autistic disorder just won’t fit something that is pre-made.

Once you get the hang of this, it is an easy app to use. The very first time you open this app, go to the menu. Select the option to add picture. Take a picture with the phone’s camera of the concrete object your user needs or wants.

Add a verbal message to the picture. Add a picture sequentially or as a set. As the set, you can save and name the group of pictures. The next time you think the child needs something you will be able to open that group of pictures, perhaps called WANTS AND NEEDS then the choice can be made independently by the user. Depending on the level of the user, you can take picture of words or symbols. You don’t have to add a message if it bothers the user. The pictures can be made concrete, abstract, simple or complex. A very flexible and useable app.

FREE Version: Android™

By Spectrum Visions
4 STARS out of 5

Another easy to use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) app that makes your smart phone a communication device. Made for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android Market users, you will be able to use Voice4u right after you load it. Scan over 150 pre-loaded icons for your message by looking at the pictures, the word or the phrase.

The icons are simple, a face two ovals for eyes and a stroke for a mouth (see example). No distracting colors, no irrelevant background.

For more customization you are able to create icons with your own pictures and sounds. This app created with the autistic disorder in mind. It can be used with other conditions such as, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Japanese version available. Other languages to follow

PAID Version: English -  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: Japanese -  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

FREE Version: Text-To-Speech - iPad

PAID Version: Android™

Autism/DTT: Letters, Shapes, Numbers
4 STARS out of 5

There are three apps using DTT (Discrete Trial Training) for teaching letters, shapes or Numbers, all by Dr. Gary Brown.

They are fully automated and has been tested with children with autism at The Children's Treatment Center. This app is designed to be very simple with no distracting stimuli because children with autism (and other disorders) are easily distracted.

This app is not designed to be a general purpose game, but rather a clinically tested training approach for children with a specific type of learning disability.

PAID Version: Letters:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: Shapes -  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: Numbers -  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: People -  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

Raising an Autistic Child
By AppWarrior
Not yet rated

Everyone has heard about autism in the news or has heard about autistic behaviors.

But what exactly is autism? Are there symptoms, signs or signals? Is there a treatment? What about the family members who have to deals with a child with an autistic disorder?

Find answers to these questions and more. The sooner you arm yourself with information the sooner you will be able to help your child.

As your child grows new issues will arise. Be ready. And when the child approaches adulthood you will be ready. The autistic disorder will be something you can deal with as you work with your growing child.

PAID Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: - Android

Touch Autism - Autism Apps
By Touch Autism
3.5 STARS out of 5

The screen shot to the left is only a sampling of the categories this app covers. In each category, a listing of apps is offered.

They cover apps you can get for all children.

The app description comes directly from iTunes™. This is a nice consolidation of apps for general education, pre-school to about 2nd grade, and special education, autistic disorder, physical or intellectual disability.

FREE Version:

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