List of Android Apps for ASD and Special Needs

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This post included an extensive list of apps for Android devices that are suitable for people with autism or other special needs.

In September 2014, iAutism and Fundación Orange launched AppyAutism, a new website devoted to apps for people with ASD. AppyAutism brings a new design, a powerful app searcher and more updated content, including lists of academic and popular articles. The iAutism team is now focused on AppyAutism, but iAutism stills shows part of our “old” content.

Therefore, I recommend you to visit AppyAutism. If you need a copy of the old list of apps, please do not hesitate to contacte me at francesc@iautism.info.

-Francesc Sistach


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Staci Neustadt
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Hello,
First I want to thank you for adding our app to your list! Since 20/10/10, we have updated and expanded our services. We have apple and android apps as well as work on the internet. Alexicom has more than 7,000 images, 600 pre-made pages, and 9 compiled page sets (including Spanish public pages with more to come). Our goal is to create page sets that can meet the needs of a variety of users. We believe everyone deserves to be heard. Thank you again for including us in your list and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
~ Staci

Francesc Sistach
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Thanks!

I’ve fixed the number of images in the description of your app, which I hope to review soon.

Chuck
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To the staff at Alexicom Tech, LLC. THANK YOU!! I just downloaded you app for Android and my autistic 5 year old has taken to it instantly. I could see his eyes light up instantly with joy because he can now communicate! We always knew he was intelligent but, just couldn’t put into words what his needs are. This software will do wonders for my son and my family as a whole. Once again. THANK YOU!

Chuck

Willie
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Hello,

Please add our new app to your compilation. It is called Quick Talk by Digital Scribbler, Inc. Available now in the Android App Market.

thanks!

Francesc Sistach
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Sorry for the delay. I’ve been very busy these days changing the look and feel of the blog.

I’ve added Quick Talk. It seems a nice app.

Robert Williamson
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Thanks for providing this list. Your reviews are a great help to parents and support persons helping people with disabilities.

I’d like to allow reviewers access to our AgileAssyst cognitive support system so that independent reviews can be conducted. To review the entire system, you will need an Android handset 2.2, access to the web, and optionally an iPhone or iPod Touch/iPad2 to review the coach portion of the system (AgileCoach). The Android app can be reviewed by downloading it from the Android Market and entering the code “11111″. This will download some content onto the user device, however the handset can not be changed in the demo. The premiss of our system is that everything is manipulated from the portal and synced to the handset in real time. The demo code will not give you access to the portal to try those functions out. Reviewers wishing more information and a free way to try it out should contact me directly via email at robert@agileassyst.com. We also give codes to university professors wishing to teach the system. This was developed at Bowling Green State University and is now being offered to the public though exclusive license agreement between Agile Disability Solutions LLC and BGSU.

Francesc Sistach
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Thanks, Robert. We will contact you by e-mail and test your app as soon as possible.

Russ Ewell
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Already sent a copy to info, but wanted to say a big thank you for listing our app on your site. We developed Quick Talk, and were excited to discover your incredible website. This is a tremendous resource – the best I have seen with your focus on tablets, phones, and technology. I have a blog and several other opportunities to help and inform families with autism…I will be recommending your site. I would also like to give you updates on our software and efforts, but am uncertain who I should be talking to–for instance, this weekend we are going to be adding 11,000 very cool images to our software, as well as pictures (a variety of ways to get your own pictures in the app), and finally…voice recording. We are so excited about it. We have a made these and other improvements based on customer feedback.

We welcome more input any time, and would love to get a top rating from you if that is possible. We will do whatever it takes.

Francesc Sistach
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Hi Russ,

Thank you very much for your comments on our website. They encourage us to continue working hard.

I’ll contact you by email. We’ll try to test your app soon so we can publish a complete review.

Francesc

Nicole
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Thank you so much for compiling this list of Droid Apps! When our cell contract expired, we opted for Droids (including one for my daughter with Autism) rather than iPhone, and we’ve been wondering what apps might be out there that would be of use for her. This is such a comprehensive list! Keep up the excellent work!!! I’ll be sure to share this on Facebook and elsewhere.

Francesc Sistach
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Thanks Nicole!

These days I’ve added some more apps.

Sumantra
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Hi
Need a help.
My son is autistic and non-verbal (14 years old). We were recently gifted a HP Touchpad. Do you all have any applications that run on HP Touchpad please. I see most applications on iPhone/iPad and I see here on Android too. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Regards
Sumantra

Francesc Sistach
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Hi Sumantra,

I’m afraid the list of apps for webOS (the operating system that runs on the HP Touchpad) is quite limited. As far as I know, only Behavior Tracker Pro (http://www.iautism.info/en/2010/11/27/review-behavior-tracker-pro/) and some apps for managing flashcards (see http://www.iautism.info/en/2011/01/08/review-talking-flashcards/) are available for webOS.

Flashcard apps can be used as AAC, but to be honest, I would try to exchange the device for another one. Right now, iPhone/iPad are probably the best for special needs, but any device with Android has a broad range of valid apps and can be also a useful tool.

Regards,
Francesc

Sumantra

Thanks Francesc.

Nicole
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Hello Sumantra,
I see that Francesc got back to you on your question. Since I don’t have experience with the HP, I have nothing to add there. However, I wanted to bring something else up. There are videos from the Autism Treatment Center of America about the Son-Rise Program’s approach to learning to speak. At this year’s AutismOne Conference, the Son-Rise Program was awarded Best Autism Therapy Tool. Our daughter was non-verbal before Son-Rise, now she speaks some spontaneous sentences. Son-Rise has been a blessing to our family…and it is never too late for verbal language to come…they’ve had autistic individuals in their 30′s and 40′s start to speak.
If you go to:
http://www.youtube.com/user/autismtreatment
and look at Uploads on the right, and click “see all”, a search option will appear and you can type in “language”, or “verbal” or “communication” to find videos that may be of use.
Also, if you go to:
http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/contents/other_sections/autism-treatment-webcasts.php and scroll down, item #8 is a 60 minute free webinar called “Get Your Child Talking”.
One more thing that just occurred to me, if your son makes any sounds, maybe you could use a recorder to play them back to him and he might get excited hearing himself and do more.
Peace be with you!—Nicole

Francesc Sistach
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Yes, Hacking Autism is a great initiative. Just that we need to wait a bit.

By the way, perhaps there are no many specific apps for webOS, but even a generic picture organizing app can be useful as an AAC. My little daughter uses the Photo app included in every iPhone as a first AAC app.

Sumantra
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Thanks Russ and Francesc – all the applications in http://www.hackingautism.org/ takes it to an iPad application. From some other discussion threads and friends feedback, I think I will be heading for a change in OS to Android since I see there are a couple of applications available on Android. However, the port of Android on HP Touchpad has not been bug free yet and not all the features are working. Hence, I presume I will have to wait for a little….

Thanks guys for this wonderful forum…..at least I know that there are some people who are there morally to support me….

Regards
Sumantra

Francesc Sistach
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Sure we are! Tablets are still in their infancy. I’m sure the situation will improve rapidly. A year ago, the list of apps for the iPad was shorter that the current list of Android apps. I’m sure in another year there will be many other apps, better OS, …

Sumantra
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Thanks Nicole.

Austin
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Are there any “do it yourself” AAC apps for free?

I can and want to create my own media for the menus, but all i need is the most basic of program to use. Price is of a concern to us, which of these would be the most cost effective if i only want to make my own images/audio/menus? My daughter is quite the individual, and i need AAC to be custom tailored to her specific intents. I wont be using any of their pre-made content. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!

Francesc Sistach
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No as far as I know. You can always use a generic (and free) photo app. JABTalk is perhaps the cheapest app that is quite complete at the same time, but I haven’t tested it.

Russ Ewell
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Austin…we created our Quick Talk app for the purpose you are describing. It is on Android and costs only 99 cents. The iOS version is on the way. We intend to keep the price low…I am a parent of a an autistic child who faces verbal challenges, and work with great engineers here in Silicon Valley. You can add your own pictures, record your own voice, etc. It also comes with 11,000 pictures to create your own pecs environment.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.digitalscribbler.quicktalk

Francesc Sistach
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I should have thought on your app. I haven’t had time to see it in detail. I hope to change it soon.

Karthik
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Do any of the AAC apps use Android interface called Tecla (now in a Beta version) which gives scanning access to menus and most functions on an Android platform.

Any comments would be highly appreciated.

Regards
Karthik

Aidan
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Hi,

Thanks for adding iToucan Talk app to your list. It is beta at the moment for people to try out and comment on with the release version is due in the next two weeks.

Just wanted to point out that the app is in 12 Languages, not just English and Spanish although the menus are in English only in the beta, the full version will have menus in all 12 languages.

Thanks for a useful resource to the community!

miriam
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There is a great website for apps, http://www.educationalappstore.com, which specialises in educational apps for young kids, parents, students and teachers. They also have a very good selection of Special Needs apps.

Noel
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Although this list is good, you may want to add apps that provide more than basic autism help, like games (for eye hand co-ordination or fine motor skills etc.)

You may want to add an app called as Kytephone https://www.kytephone.com/android-apps-for-autism, pretty neat app for grown up kids with autism.

And finally, there are a lot of responses here that do not add anything to the discussion. Would you mind deleting all those. A reader just spends time going through them (in a hope that they add something)

Jen
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I want to add “My PlayHome” to the list It’s an app that is well worth the few dollars that it costs. My son with PDD and my other daughters play it all the time on our Nexus 7. http://www.myplayhomeapp.com/

Francesc Sistach
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All the suggested apps have been added. Thanks!

Miriam Rabaza
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This is a wonderful list of apps! Thank you so much for posting this, I am a speech-language pathologist and I am always looking for the best apps to use with my clients as well as to provide to my parents. I have a blog at TheAndroidSLP.blogspot.com that is dedicated to providing apps and app reviews for speech pathologists and parents who don’t have iPads. I hope that this might be helpful as well!

admin
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Thanks! I have added it to the list.

Cisano
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The app called “Virginia helps the disabled”, transforms your tablet or smartphone into a communicator.
Useful for those who have difficulty using language as a communication channel.
The app is useful in case of congenital disabilities, acquired and/or temporary, allowing through the speech of the device on which it is installed, a fast voice prompt, communicating effectively problems, needs and requests.

A communicator useful also for those people who have had their vocal chords removed and for hospitalized inpatients who are unable to speak the english language.

Available in english, italian and spanish language (soon in portuguese)

Available on Google Play Store.

If you need more info, please let me to know.

Best Regards
Cisano

Nicolet
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My favorite app is called AAC Autism myVoiceCommunicator.. helps my little bro talk to me. Noticed it wasn’t in your list.

Jessica
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Hi.

I’m just wondering if there are any apps for Protective Behaviours?

DrOmnibus
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Thank you for such a great job with creating this list! From now on you can write about DrOmnibus too – we’re creating revolutionary set of therapeutic games for android tablets with built-in system to track child’s progress. Please, feel free to visit our website at: http://www.dromnibus.com

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