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Best Apps for Autism Therapy

The best phone and table apps for autism therapy. Behavior apps, Social apps, educational tools for autism therapy, and fun and games apps. Our friends at BY YOUR SIDE, a leading center for therapy for children, teens and adults with autism are experts that use apps frequently in their autism therapy practices.


Finding the best apps for autism therapy is subjective. Every app is different and every case of autism is different. Finding the best apps for autism depends on the needs and what the app can provide. Julie Martin, M.A. CCC-SLP/L, BCBA, Center Director of BY YOUR SIDE, has provided us with a list of their favorite apps for autism therapy and a brief description of how they can help individuals with ASD. iPads and other tablets have proven to be powerful tools for helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). We are fortunate to have groups like Corner Pieces that raise money to provide iPads and other communication devices for children with ASDs. Below is a list of BY YOUR SIDE’S top autism apps.

Top autism therapy apps

Communication apps for autism therapy

  • Proloquo2go – This app is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) program that brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, close to 8000 up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, and a large default vocabulary.
  • Sonoflex – Sonoflex is a comprehensive symbol based AAC app that turns symbols into speech.

Behavior apps for autism therapy

  • iPrompts – This visual prompting tool helps with transitions, upcoming events, and making choices through picture schedules, a visual countdown timer, choice prompts, and visual libraries.
  • First Then Visual Schedule – This fully customizable visual schedule helps with transitions for different activities.
  • My Choice Board – My Choice Board is a visual display of choices for users to choose from to help express their wants and needs.

Social apps for autism therapy

  • Model Me Going Places – This visual teaching tool helps model pictures of daily activities including going to the hairdresser, mall, doctor, playground, grocery store and a restaurant.

Educational Tools for autism therapy

  • ABC lite Pocket Phonics – The app allows users to trace letters of the alphabet.
  • Little Speller – Little Speller features flashcards of pictures and words that allows user to customize their own list of words and photos.
  • My First Words – This app has customizable flashcards of pictures and words and allows users to record their own voice.
  • Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – This fun, interactive game teaches colors, letters, counting, shapes, sizes and matching.
  • Game Factory – Game Factory is a matching game that allows parents to control the pictures and words they want their children to learn.

About BY YOUR SIDE BY YOUR SIDE is a center for children, teens and adults with autism in the Chicagoland area providing both group and individual therapy in a comfortable home-like environment. These strategies coupled together have helped individuals with autism and their families develop better communication, social and behavioral skills. BY YOUR SIDE offers a number of programming options to address the varying needs of the autism spectrum. Frequency and intensity of the program is unique to each individual and determined by the therapy team which includes the family as an important member of that team. For more information or to schedule an evaluation for either location, please call (630)-590-5571 or visit BY YOUR SIDE’s website at

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