Helpful Apps for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mobile apps available on smartphones and tablets have transformed the way kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn and communicate. They give parents, teachers, and therapists additional options for teaching children who develop at a different pace than their peers. Here are the apps we find most helpful for pre-K and kindergarten children with ASD. 

Starfall ABCs 

This app teaches the alphabet by helping young learners sound out letters. Children are delighted by the sights, sounds, and ability to interact with the brightly colored letters on the screen. 

Download Starfall ABCs for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

Starfall Learn to Read 

Once children master their letters and the sounds they make, it’s time to start reading! This app helps children grasp the relationship between the spoken and written language while having fun with Zac the Rat, Peg the Hen, and other friendly characters. 

Download Starfall Learn to Read for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play. 

The Monster at the End of This Book 

This storybook app from Sesame Street is bright, playful, and laugh-out-loud funny! It features notes for parents trying to help kids overcome their fears, along with tips to make reading the story more interactive. 

Download The Monster at the End of This Book for $4.99 from the Apple App Store or $3.99 from Google Play. 

Autism Emotion 

One challenge of Autism Spectrum Disorder is the limited ability to recognize facial expressions and emotions. This app uses music and slideshows to depict what different feelings look like and why different situations make people feel a certain way. 

Download Autism Emotion for free from the Apple App Store. 

Pop Math 

This app is a fun way for kids to practice basic math skills. Bubbles with numbers and simple equations float on illustrated backgrounds. The player pops the correct bubbles to move on to the next level! 

Download Pop Math for $1.99 from the Apple App Store or $.99 from Google Play. 

Toca Boca 

The Toca Boca universe grants kids access to open-ended, gender-neutral games ranging from Toca Kitchen Sushi to Toca Mystery House to Toca Life: Hospital. The interactive app offers appealing characters and roleplaying opportunities. 

Check out the Toca Boca library with apps available for both Apple and Android devices. 

Agnitus Kids: Learn Math & ABC 

Agnitus provides a range of educational games that teach fine motor skills, letters, numbers, math, memory, and recognition. The app was designed by teachers who follow the common core curriculum 

Download Agnitus Kids: Learn Math & ABC for free from the Apple App Store. 

At STAR of CA, we believe in taking advantage of all available resources to help your child learn and grow. In addition to trying out these educational apps, we invite you to check out our behavioral and psychological services for people with ASD in Ventura, CA. We can help you create a personalized program to meet your child and family’s needs. To learn more about us, please contact us at 805.588.8896. 

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