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Educational Software & Applications for Autism

Introduction

In addition to all of the educational methods available to autism parents and teachers, there is also a growing number of educational software programs and apps becoming available.  Some educational software is stand alone, meaning that you purchase the disc and begin using it.  Other types of software provide connectivity to online databases so that you and your child's teacher can track progress.  In addition, there is a wealth of mobile apps available to support autism needs.  These apps can be used on mobile phones, iPods, and iPads.  This gives your child the ability to use these apps around the house and even on the go.  The mobility aspect can be very helpful providing activities for children to do during doctor visits or in the car on long trips for example.

Some of the software and apps are basic in that they provide a few key functions like flash cards, spelling, colors, etc.  But some of the software and apps are quite sophisticated providing full lesson plans, progress capability, reward systems, and more.  Some of the software applications are reasonably priced while others that contain more functionality may cost more.  As far as apps go, many of the apps are either free or very low cost allowing all parents to use these resources to help educate their child.  Our goal in this section is to provide organized and quick access to as many software and apps capabilities as possible.  Please feel free to use our Exchange Box to share software or app capabilities with other parents.

Related Sites

MouseTrial Autism Software
Description:  A collection of links to publishers, developers and distributors of software that you might find useful for kids with Autism.

Lots of Free Autism Apps
Description:  This site provides a listing of several free apps for autism.

Autism Plugged In
Description:  Finds and reviews the best free special needs apps and free autism apps.

Sesame Street and Autism
Description:  Sesame Street and autism is a wonderful resource for parents. Children love Sesame Street and this site will give parents a great way to relate to their children using the Sesame Street theme.

Books

Apps for Autism - Revised and Expanded: An Essential Guide to Over 200 Effective Apps! Paperback – June 10, 2015 by Lois Jean Brady MA CCC-SLP
Description:  This guide contains over 200 apps for individuals on the autism spectrum. The focus is on the use of technological devices that are tailored to the specific needs of the child. By giving attention to the individual interests and abilities of the user, parents, teachers and therapists can benefit from this book in the development of the child’s success in learning.

20 Must Have IPAD Apps To Help Improve The Lives Of Teenagers & Adults With Autism (20 Must Have Apps Series Book 4) Kindle Edition by James Nicholas
Description:  Designed for both autistic teenagers and adults, this book provides 20 apps that are essential to enhance the quality of life in these individuals.

Teens with Autism: Apps, Ideas for Lessons, & Common Core Reading Connections for Teens and Young Adults with Autism and Developmental Delays Paperback – July 20, 2013 by S. B. Linton
Description:  Loaded with practical examples and activities of essential learning skills, this book is intended for teens and young adults with autism. Additionally, a chapter consisting of 120 mobile apps to use in conjunction with activities and lesson plans is included.

Getting Started: iPad for Special Needs by Sami Rahman
Description:  This book addresses the reasons you should consider an iPad for a child with autism as well as tips for choosing one.

Tools

The Children’s Institute (TCI) Tech Review Blog
Description:  TCI teachers, speech therapists and staff provide feedback and reviews of Assistive Technology and iPod, iPad, & iPhone Apps that are used to support students with autism.

Autism Educators
Description:  This is a fantastic site filled with all kinds of information to support parents and terrific tools for teachers. The site includes, but is not limited to, teaching materials, IEP resources, creative lessons and much more.

Common Sense Graphite
Description:  Spectacular apps, games, and websites for kids on the Autism Spectrum.

Special Needs Teacher Resources
Description:  This site has a wide array of teachers resources which includes: printables, classroom management and discipline, ASD resources, learning and developmental disabilities, assessment accommodation, resources for English-language learners, resources for mental health and wellness, behavior modification, educational technology, resources for reading and language arts, gifted students, mathematical resources, ADHD, science resources, social studies and teaching methodology.

Special Education Service Agency
Description:  Apps for Autism.

Infiniteach: Autism Innovation
Description:  Unlock the infinite possibilities – Infiniteach builds educational iPad apps for individuals with autism that can unlock their potential. Infiniteach was founded to change the way we approach autism education by developing autism solutions through technology and training.

Autism Apps by Touch Autism
Description:  A comprehensive list of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Forum/Blog Name:  Apps For Autism
Description:  A website that lists apps recommended by parents for our kids.

Forum/Blog Name:  Apps that work for AS/Autism
Description:  This is a group where we can share information about which Apps work for our children in regard to communication and delight.

Forum/Blog Name:  Apps for Autism
Description:  This forum was created to bring educators, therapists, parents, caregivers and anyone else interested together to share information about newly emerging technologies like I-pads, I-pods and other tablet devices and their potential uses.

Forum/Blog Name:  Apps For Autism
Description:  Group makes it easier than ever to share with friends, family and teammates.