Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

10 Apps for Autism

by Carrie Bishop

April 01, 2012

The iPad and other smart technologies are helping some kids with autism break barriers. Countless apps exist -- good, bad and ugly ones. Here are a few that may be worth checking out.

ABC Tracer shows how to write letters with strokes in the right order on traditional red-blue guiding lines. It provides feedback when the user does either right or wrong strokes. (Free)

Aeir TALK, created by a dad of two boys with autism, enables children to practice language skills using customized flash cards. A family can quickly provide their own images, captions, and voices for each verb and noun flash card. ($9.99)

All About Me Storybook by I Get It helps users learn personal information through picture, text and audio support. ($2.99)

AutismXpress encourages people with autism to recognize and express emotions through a fun and user-friendly interface. (Free)

Injini: Child Development Game Suite by NCsoft offers meaningful play to young kids who need to practice fine motor and language skills, cause and effect, spatial awareness, memory, and visual processing. ($49.99)

Look in My Eyes app series by FizzBrain helps people with autism practice eye contact while building a virtual restaurant, driving a steam train, filling a playroom with toys, building a dinosaur zoo, and more. ($1.99 and $2.99)

Proloquo2Go by AssistiveWare is a full-featured communication app that uses natural sounding text-to-speech voices to help people communicate with others in the community. ($189.99)

See Me Go Potty by Avakid allows users to create a cartoon avatar that resembles their child. The layout is free of distractions so the child will be focused on watching himself use the potty. ($4.99)

VAST Autism 1 Core app by SpeakinMotion combines video modeling with written words and auditory cues to help people speak for themselves. ($4.99)

Voice4u is an augmentative and alternative communication app that helps individuals express wants and needs. ($49.99)