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5 Must-Have Apps For Kids With Autism

Kids on the autism spectrum can greatly benefit from the use of specially designed apps to help with their learning and communication needs. Ahead, we share the top apps that will help children navigate daily challenges and better support their emotional and social development. Scroll through our gallery to check them out!

Sesame Street and Autism

Trust the Sesame Street crew to lend a helping hand! Developed as a tool for preschool-aged children on the spectrum, this award-winning app features fun videos starring Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby and Julia, the gang’s first autistic character, interactive family routine cards, and heart-warming storybooks. Also included are informative articles with tips and strategies for parents and caregivers – you can also access additional project materials online

Available on iTunes App Store

Talk To Me – Talk for Children

This minimalistic app is definitely a hidden gem. Built specifically with a child on the spectrum with non-verbal autism in mind, this app allows the user to type words and phrases onto a large keyboard and have it read back to them. It serves as a fun tool to help kids label objects and people around them, and aids communication as well!

Available on iTunes App Store

Autism Therapy with MITA

Voted as the Best Autism App of 2017 on Healthline’s list, Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children on the spectrum. Designed for early childhood and intended for long-term, daily use, the app includes bright, interactive puzzles to help children learn to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability that has proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning.

Available on iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Note: While the app is free for download, access to some MITA activities will be chargeable.

ABC Talk With Me!

Touted as a state-of-the-art level of education for children with special needs, this app incorporates augmented reality to enhance learning and imaginative play. It’s simple: while your child plays with traditional alphabetical blocks or cubes with letters on them, simply point your device at ‘em and watch as a virtual teacher springs to “life”. You’ll also have to download and print out special alphabet letters (it’s free of charge) to use the app.

Available on iTunes App Store

ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

Kids on the spectrum may find it difficult to identify human emotions and facial expressions – that’s where this app comes in. Ideal for ages one to four years of age, the app has an arsenal of over 500 gorgeous flashcards and interactive games to help children recognise and read over 100 different emotions. Beyond its 12 different play modes and ultra customisable options, parents can also personalise each flashcard with their own voice, or create their own cards for a unique, multi-sensory learning experience.

Available on the iTunes App Store for $0.99