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Apps for Kids on the Autism Spectrum
Technology has the power to unlock learning for kids of all ages and stages. Recent innovations in the app world have introduced a whole new wave of learning tools and products to kids around the globe. Check out these apps that help kids with communication, organization, and even social-awareness skills -- and watch the video on the right to learn more about how to choose media and tech products for kids with learning differences.
Kid in Story Book Maker, age 4+
This terrific app makes it easy to create social stories. The special features are particularly helpful for kids who may need to see themselves encountering situations, such as a visit to the dentist, in storybook form before encountering them in real life.
Calm Counter - Social Story and Anger Management Tool, age 5+
This ingenious app helps kids with special needs, social challenges, anxiety, or anger issues learn self-awareness as they begin to identify when they "need a break" and practice calming down.
This scheduling app's simple, multisensory interface has great potential for use with kids with developmental or learning disabilities; anxiety or attention issues; and language, hearing, or processing difficulties.
Proloquo2Go, age 5+
This extraordinary communication aid is great for kids who have basic to severe speech challenges. Kids can learn how to effectively convey wants, needs, feelings, opinions, social manners, and more.
The Social Express II, age 8+
This excellent animated app boosts kids' social-awareness skills. Kids can learn to identify how their peers are feeling, coping strategies, the importance of eye contact, and a host of core social skills needed to function in daily life.
Popplet, age 13+
This mind-mapping tool is especially helpful for kids who have problems with organization and visual memory. Kids can insert words, images, and their own drawings and then connect to other related Popplets to create an interactive outline of related ideas.
For more great learning tools for kids with special needs and learning differences, check out our Learning Difficulties and Special Needs guide.
Ingrid Simone, Common Sense Media Apps Editor, contributed to this article.