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 30 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.
- iEarned That – This app is a motivational tool that helps children develop desirable behaviors including taking turns and waiting.
- 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.
- Time Timer – This visual timer uses a bright red disk that disappears as time elapses.
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.
- AutismXpress – AutismXpress is a visual display of emotions and facial expressions for children to communicate their feelings and learn about ab variety of emotions.
Educational Tools for autism therapy
- Kindergarten.com – This app shows flashcards of pictures and labels for the alphabet, instruments, food, shapes, and actions.
- ABC Magic – ABC Magic helps children learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which is necessary for reading.
- ABC lite Pocket Phonics – The app allows users to trace letters of the alphabet.
- Speech with Milo – This is an interactive storybook for developing language skills that includes prepositions and sequencing.
- 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.
- Dora Rhyming Word Adventure – This interactive game helps children with emerging literacy skills.
- 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.
Fun and games apps for autism therapy
- Doodle Jump – To play this game, users guide “Doodle the Doodler” by tilting their device to collect jet packs and avoid monsters.
- SpongeBob Marbles & Slides – This game has users roll SpongeBob themed marbles through different levels by tilting their device.
- Angry Birds – Angry Birds challenges users to defeat the levels by launching birds in a sling shot to knock down obstacles.
- Fruit Ninja – Users can pass each level of Fruit Ninja by swiping their fingers across the screen to slash apart fruit.
- Best Engine – Best Engine is a Thomas the Train activity that includes stories, coloring pages, and puzzles.
- iSpy “The Game” Lite – This game has users find hidden images in a variety of fun scenes.
- Teeter – Teeter is a topsy-turvy game that has users tilt their device to stay on rolling planks.
- Duck Duck Moose – This app includes classic nursery songs with fully interactive pages including Old MacDonald, Wheels on the Bus, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Baa Baa Black Sheep.
- Wubbzy’s Kooky Kostumes (iPad only) – Based off Nick Jr.’s show “Wow! Wow! Wubzy,” this app is a dress-up game with a variety of costumes and different scenes.
- The Monster at the End of This Book starring Grover – This app is the classic Sesame Street book narrated by Grover with fully interactive pages.
- Wooly Willy – This app also users to create funny images of Wooly Willy with different hairdos and beards and to use images from their own library.
- Jelly Doodle – Jelly Doodle allows users to create funny gelatin desserts, with different shapes, colors and a variety of add-ins including fruits and pretzels.
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 http://www.byyoursideautismcenter.com/.