27 visual, sensory, and augmentative apps for autism

Pictello: Pictello is a simple way to create talking photo albums and talking books. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices. $18.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pictello/id397858008?mt=8

Friends of Ten: Little Monkey Apps Friends of Ten is an activity for the early years of schooling to introduce an understanding of numbers to ten, counting objects to ten, recognizing a collection of objects without counting them, counting on from a higher number, partitioning of objects, and the combinations that make ten (8+2, 2+8, 1+9, 3+7, etc.). These skills underpin mental addition and subtraction. $0.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/friends-of-ten/id488573871?mt=8

Comic Life: A photo comic creation app with speech balloons, photo filters, comic lettering, templates, shapes, shadows and effects. $4.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comic-life/id432537882?mt=8

Pages: This word processor app allows users to create, edit, and view documents wherever they are. Pages works with iCloud, so your documents stay up to date on all your devices—automatically. $9.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pages/id361309726?mt=8

Visual Schedule Planner: A completely customizable visual schedule app that is designed to give an individual an audio/visual representation of the “events in their day”. In addition, events that require more support can be linked to an “activity schedule” or “video clip” to help model the task even further. $14.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-schedule-planner/id488646282?mt=8

Grafio: Create business models, flow charts, organizational charts, wireframes, network diagrams, business process diagrams, venn diagrams, mind maps, mockups, text-and-audio notes, sketches and other illustrations. Everything is custom and modifiable. $6.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grafio-diagrams-ideas/id382418196?mt=8

Barley also recommends a group of apps that focuses on sensory perception.

“I call them sensory apps as they provoke the student to touch, explore, and interact in a way that promotes sensory stimulation” she explained. “These apps are especially useful during those situations where I could tell that the student had become overloaded, or were feeling anxious. Using a sensory app can give you those five minutes you need to ‘calm’ your student and distract them from what might be causing the overload.”

Good sensory apps:

Fireworks: Let the show play or tap the screen to direct your own Show. Keep Tapping and the Fireworks keep coming, lighting up the sky. Even set the show to your own pictures and music. Swipe the screen and spin the sky and see the stars. $0.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fireworks!/id364390735?mt=8

Pocket Pond: Create relaxing ripples while enjoying the sounds of nature. Interact with the fish – scare them, feed them, and watch their schooling behavior. Free; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-pond/id363154844?mt=8

Draw Stars: Draw Stars is game app using a lollol pen. The game scenario is that a starship travels around stars dodging the obstacles to complete a constellation. Users can experience precise movement like joystick in mobile. Free; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/draw-stars/id655447118?mt=8

Gravitarium and Gravitarium2: Gravitarium combines music, art and science in one relaxing experience. $0.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gravitarium/id375602683?mt=8. Gravitarium2 is $1.99; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gravitarium2/id438667778?mt=8

(Next page: More sensory apps; augmentative communication apps)

Meris Stansbury

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