Snug Vest

1. Autism Apps 

Not really an app, but an app organizer to sift through the bombardment of options available for special needs and autism apps. Autism Apps categorizes the apps into 30 different options such as Creative Play, ABA, Art, Assessments, Books etc.

It also links to first-hand parent and specialist reviews as well as demonstrations and video reviews. This is a great first step to get started and to do your own research on what is most relevant or useful to your child.

Cost: Free

Link: Autism Apps


2. TalkTablet

TalkTablet is for individuals who have difficulty communicating verbally, for instance, those who are non-verbal with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aphasia or Down Syndrome.  It uses over 12,000 symbols that include audio phrases or words for each symbol.  For example, it includes symbols that represent sports, greetings, animals and emotions.  They can be organized differently to create everyday sentences and scenarios.  It is also available on all devices and has a customer support line to help set it up and better understand the app.



Cost: $80

Link: TalkTablet

3. AutisMate

Pricey, yes.  Valuable? Also yes.  AutisMate has the power to recreate visual scenes that encourage the learning of life skills.  Most importantly, it can be totally customized and personalized to your own environment.  For example, you can take pictures of all the rooms in your house, your nana’s house, the supermarket and whatever else you want.  Then, you can add ‘hotspots’, which are clickable symbols in the environment that enable you to attach pictures, videos or audio.    



The purpose of this is to create an enhanced learning environment that resembles real life situations.  This way, they can be prepared for the real thing.  In addition, AutisMate also allows you to add ‘storyspots’, which are similar to hotspots, but they can be personal instructions or notes.  You can also combine the two, say in a kitchen setting by adding hotspot picture of a banana on the fridge, while at the same time adding a storyline to the sink that shows instructions on how to wash your hands properly.  There are so many different ways to add educational and interactive content to any environment.


Cost: $149.99

Link: AutisMate

4. Choiceworks

Choiceworks app is an excellent tool to promote independence and cooperation for children on the autism spectrum.  It enables them to create their own visual schedules in a timed grid feature.  It also has the addition of rewards once a task is completed.


It is well known that many people on the spectrum have difficulties adjusting when anyth event outside their normal schedule occurs.  Choiceworks can help manage those expectations and prepare them for that time.  The schedule is easy to use and can be created by the child themselves so they have more accountability, and as a result, are more cooperative to change when the time comes.

Cost: $7.99

Link: Choiceworks


5. Kid in Story Book Maker

Similar to AutisMate, Kid in Story Book Maker is a story-telling app that helps with learning social skills and preparing children for new events outside their normal schedules.  Although it is not quite as complex, interactive or customizable as AutisMate, Kid in Story Book Maker is a much more affordable option that still effectively tells a story with the user in it.  It has useful features to record, add text, and share stories with others.


You can create scenarios like “What will I see in San Francisco?”, and add pictures of yourself or your child into the photo album so they will have a better idea of what to expect before you actually go.  Or, another scenario would be to make a storybook based on a new morning routine that you are trying to incorporate.  Kid in Story Book Maker is an app that both parent and child can work on together.  



Cost: $7.99

 Link: Kid in Story Book Maker

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Written by Ryan Leung — December 17, 2015

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