Top 10 Apps to aid children on the Autism Spectrum

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This Autism Day, we at MHT decided to take a cue from the technological advancements in our field from the recent past and collate a list with some of the research-backed applications available on Android and iOS to help parents understand & work with the spectrum.

  • Autism Parenting Magazine

Available on iPhone / Android 

With more than 35,000 readers, Autism Parenting Magazine is more than a magazine. The application fully supports individuals on the spectrum as well as their family by ensuring access to:

• Expert advice from our team of respected professionals

• Solutions for dealing with sensory issues

• Advice for handling transitions

• Therapies to help develop the individual’s potential

• The latest news and research that can help the family

• Real-life stories from parents of children on the spectrum as well as from adults with autism to inspire and bring hope

  • Endless Reader

Available on iPhone / Android 

This app introduces “sight words”, the most commonly used words in daily vocabulary. Kids need to recognize these words by sight in order to achieve reading fluency. Recognizing sight words is advantageous for beginning readers because many of these words have unusual spelling, cannot be sounded out using phonics knowledge, and often cannot be represented using pictures.

  • LetMeTalk

Available on iPhone / Android 

Some children and adults on the spectrum are completely nonverbal. LetMeTalk enables these individuals to line up images in a meaningful way to read this row of images as a sentence. To line up images is known as AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). The image database of LetMeTalk contains more than 9,000 easy to understand images from ARASAAC (http://arasaac.org). Used by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), this app is suitable for Asperger syndrome, ASD, aphasia, speech apraxia, articulation/phonological disorder, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Motor Neuron Disease (MND), cerebral palsy, down syndrome.

  • Sensory Baby Toddler Learning

Available on iPhone / Android

Sensory gameplay is great for the continued development of your kids motor skills and hand-eye coordination development. It aids in helping to fine-tune the motoric skills and movements, the very detailed movements that we require and use every day. It has been shown to have great benefits in learning and stimulation for children with autism and children with special educational needs (SEN). Having already received excellent feedback from parents who have children with ADHD, special educational needs (SEN) and learning disabilities.

  • Autism iHelp – Sounds

Available on iOS / Android 

This app is a teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary. Autism iHelp is an invaluable tool for parents to help their child with Autism when those first words just don’t come.

  • Autism Read & Write Pro

Available on Android 

This is the full version of Autism Read & Write. This application is intended to help ASD persons to learn the basic of reading and writing.

  • Autism & PDD Comparatives/Superlatives Lite

Available on iOS 

This app lets children interact with one screen from each story. The full version has 45 interactive screens packed with teaching opportunities so youngsters can: understand and answer wh-  (what, where, when, who) questions, build language and literacy, increase spontaneous communication exchanges, develop joint attention and social reciprocity.

  • Avaz Lite – AAC App for Autism

Available on iOS 

Avaz AAC is an augmentative and alternative communication app that empowers children & adults having speech-related disabilities with a voice of their own. A fully-featured speech app that also includes a training module for new AAC users & caregivers.

The research-based pragmatic vocabulary consists of over 15,000 pictures (Symbolstix) with a variety of high-quality voices that a communicator regardless of their ability can tap to form sentences quickly. With a wide range of personalization & customization options, one can make Avaz AAC their own in just a matter of minutes.

  • ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

Available on iOS 

Identifying, understanding, and responding appropriately to emotions is a very important skill for every child. In this application, we cover over 100 different emotions via 500+ gorgeous flashcards and interactive games.

  • Magic Fluids

Available on iOS / Android 

Touch the screen and enjoy hypnotizing motion of fluid swirls moving around, sometimes slow, quiet and elegant, other times dynamic, satisfying and trippy. As one draws on the application, he can watch peaceful flows evolve in space and eventually settle down into colourful patterns. Magic Fluids will help individuals sleep, meditate, restore balance, relieve stress and anxiety. With this simulation, it will help an individual with autism to calm down and relax while watching magical swirls of flowing colours.

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