This library of app reviews is organised into albums of reviews by app function, and updated with new reviews regularly. In addition the wheel below (last updated April 2015) summarises the most recommended reviewed apps by type. You can download the
app wheel pdf with clickable links here. In the albums below, click on each review image to see it in more detail or follow the ‘View More’ button to be taken to the developer’s site, or download page
AACORN, voice-output communicator
Game-changing AAC app which could revolutionise communication for children with a learning difficulty
AutisMate, voice-output communicator and social skills support
Social skills, communication and life skills all addressed in this ambitious app which remains to be formally evaluated.
AVAZ, voice-output communicator
One of the better AAC apps for autism, I reckon. And more affordable too. CORRECTION: also available for Android
Really simple voice-output app with stages of communicative complexity
Grace, symbol communicator
Essentially PECS on a phone - recommended
iasku, symbol communicator
a communicator app based on PECS-principles for non-verbal or minimally-verbal children
MyWords, basic communicator
Really basic AAC starter where you create all the vocabulary from scratch. Might be good for testing the concept.
Piktoplus, voice-output communicator
clever idea for a personalised AAC app using avatars, but some flaws
SpeakAll, voice-output communicator
another basic AAC app, free in its simplest version with some research backing
Comparative review of six different, best-selling, iPad-based AAC apps with voice-output functions
Voice 4 U Text to Speech
Simple free app to convert typed text into speech, could be really useful in a classroom context
Word Wheels, voice-output communicator
AAC app also reviewed in a group in this album of reviews. Not the best example of its kind.
Kid in Story
build social stories, easily integrating photos of your child / client
Model Me Going Places
basic but well designed app for anyone new to social stories
create a picture story and add your own text and audio with this great free book-maker app for all platforms
another story creator app with some beautiful tales loaded on already, good for kids to use themselves.
expensive but worth it, not just a social story maker but includes tutorials from the originator of this simple but effective approach to learning.
a great all rounder with loads of content addressing early education targets like number and letter recognition
Vehicle-based learning games to practice shape, colour and number recognition
Lots of fun in a game likely to appeal to kids with autism
lovely accessible app for fun and general knowledge about the world
another all round educational app which could well help develop some key skills from fine motor to memory and planning.
Itsy Bitsy Spider
by the very wonderful Duck Duck Moose, lovely nursery-rhyme based interactive scenes for loads of fun.
A fun cause and effect game for Android devices
Storybots tap and sing
fun and engaging app to help develop a love of nursery rhymes into musical creativity and skill
Thomas the Tank Engine game pack
fun games for a real Thomas fan
Toca Tea Party
lovely app from the marvellous Toca Boca, with attractive graphics and simple design, might promote imaginary play
well designed autism specific learning games, but expensive to get full content
tricky to use but might be an effective tool for committed ABA-ers
iHelp app range
An array of pre-school learning games, but very little content considering the prices charged.
Let's Be Social
Social stories + quizzes to learn basic, simplistic, social rules
Let's Make Friends (aka Pocket Playground)
A good attempt to teach friendship skills to young kids, but can these be taught in such a simple way?
Shanesh app range
These are poorly designed, cheap apps which seem to have little enjoyment or learning value
Basic cause-and-effect app, good for learning basic iPad skills, but overpriced for the content
Between the Lines
Three great apps, good value for money especially for multiple users, teaching about emotions in speech and body language
IAM autism expressions
emotion trainer app which needs further development
Learning to recognise emotions
Group review of a series of best-selling emotion trainer apps for the iPad.
Touch & Learn emotions
Another emotion learning app, great for testing out the genre
Language & Literacy
Actions in Video
super app for verb learning from video content
basic but reasonably priced and fun word and letter learning
Little Red Riding Hood
award-winning interactive storybook app
promote engagement with reading and hold your child's favourite books in one place
great personalisable app for children learning their letters
For professionals and parents
useful searchable list of autism-specific apps
Autism & Developmental Disorder Screening
an autism screening app. The delivery is OK but I have concerns about the entire concept of this.
Highly recommended interactive whiteboard for teachers
My Autism Day
Good example of a tracker app, for recording routines, behaviours etc, if that's what you're looking for.
An app to help therapists and parents develop a personal plan for a child with autism
Choice Board creator
Very simple app for making and communicating basic choices
simple but comprehensive app for scheduling and promoting independent skills
A calendar version of the brilliant choiceworks schedule app
Nightlights: comparative review of four visual 'nightlight' apps
Amazing Stars at Night; Kiwi flashlight and nightlight; Baby nightlight HD; Kids Clock
An interactive bedtime story to help with the sleep routine, especially turning the light off!
A group review of five different apps which can all be used to build visual schedules for a user with autism
Relaxation and Sensory Play
Comparison of five self-soothing apps
Miracle Modus; Fluid; My Reef Lite; Reactickles Magic; Rainbow Circles
Cause and Effect Sensory Lightbox
It does what it says on the tin!
simple sensory app to encourage artistic self-expression
attractive, soothing research based app for self-regulation by people with autism
beautiful and engaging sensory app designed with children with autism
A sensory interactive app to encourage self-expression
Learning games for primary (elementary) school
fantastic learning app for kids with autism with loads of content and games
Chirp! Bird songs of Britain
an interesting app for developing general knowledge about the natural world. (also available for other countries)
One Globe Kids
a way to learn about other cultures, good content but needs more of it!
Simple spelling app with engaging child's voice
The Human Body
Excellent, accurate and fun app for learning all about the body
Todo Telling Time
Lots of very lovely learnig games about time, clocks etc. by this great app developer
two board games with endless settings to help your child learn to play, and take turns, independently
Adult living skills
Brain in Hand
Everyday support for anxiety and stress
app to rehearse using American coins
a suite of apps to support daily life for adults with learning disability
How to Make Lifelong Friends
an e-book for adolescents / adults with guidance on making friends, but not recommended
turn your phone or iPad into a scanner as an easy to to keep records, or save interesting information
To Do lists
Group review of four great To-Do List apps for managing every day tasks
app for adults to help with personal budget management, coming soon to iPad too
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