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Best Apps for Kids with Autism

More app creators are turning their attention to the particular learning needs of kids on the autism spectrum. Educators often cite the need for apps that provide visual cues to aid in communication, support transitions to reduce anxiety, and create a consistent structure in students' daily schedules. The apps on our list can help kids learn to better identify and regulate emotions, communicate and express themselves, manage time and routines, and interact with others.

Emotional Regulation

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings Publisher: PBS KIDS
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Settle Your Glitter Publisher: Momentous Institute
Simple, beautiful tool for emotional regulation
Grades Pre-K-8
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Touch and Learn - Emotions Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
Excited, sad, or angry? This app helps kids identify feelings
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Breathing Bubbles Publisher: Momentous Institute
Students release worries and embrace joys with anxiety-fighting tool
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mood Meter - building your emotional intelligence Publisher: Emotionally Intelligent Schools LLC
Well-designed tool encourages kids to reflect on and manage emotions
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $0.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Language and Communication

Skill Champ Publisher: Infiniteach Inc
Foundational-skills-practice tool supports specific learning needs
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
LanguageBuilderDeluxe Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Audio, visual prompts help boost kids' communication skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
QuestionIt Publisher: Language Learning Apps LLC
Wh- questions taught in concrete ways for kids with language delays
Grades K-7
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Proloquo2Go - Symbol-based AAC Publisher: AssistiveWare
Brilliant tool helps kids with speech difficulties communicate
Grades K-12
Type App
Price $249.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
TapToTalk Publisher: Assistyx LLC
Unique way for kids with limited verbal skills to express themselves
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Pictello Publisher: AssistiveWare
Fabulous tool can help kids create social stories
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price $18.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4

Routines and Schedules

My Video Schedule Publisher: Acceptional Possibilities, LLC.
Special-needs scheduler for daily tasks; customizable for kids' use
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
FTVS HD - First Then Visual Schedule HD Publisher: Good Karma Applications, Inc
Powerful multisensory tool teaches self-direction and follow-through
Grades K-7
Type App
Price $9.99-$14.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Time Timer Publisher: Time Timer LLC
Easily conceptualize, manage, and visualize time
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price $1.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Choiceworks Calendar Publisher: Bee Visual LLC
Empowering calendar tool alleviates transition anxiety
Grades 3-9
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4

Social Skills

Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Social Stories Publisher: PufferFish Software Inc.
Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Social Stories Creator for Educators Publisher: Touch Autism
Create multimedia stories that help with social skills
Grades Pre-K-12
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Social Adventures
Expert-approved activities nurture students' social skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
ConversationBuilder Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges
Grades K-6
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
The Social Express II Publisher: The Language Express, Inc.
Fabulous multimedia lessons boost social-awareness skills
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4