Experts pick the 21 best apps for autism

These best apps for autism focus on communication, routines, and social skills


Ed. note: Recently, we asked the experts at Common Sense Graphite, a national nonprofit, to curate their best apps for working with students on the autism spectrum. Here is what they came up with, which is also available on their website.

According to Graphite, more app creators are turning their attention to the particular learning needs of kids on the autism spectrum. The apps on this list can help kids learn to better identify and regulate emotions, communicate and express themselves, manage time and routines, and interact with others.

Emotional regulation

Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions.
Grades: PreK-K
Price: $3
Graphite rating: 4/5

Settle Your Glitter
Simple, beautiful tool for emotional regulation
Grades: PreK-8
Price: Free
Graphite rating: 3/5

Calm Counter – Social Story and Anger Management Tool
Simple, effective tool for helping kids keep anger in check
Grades: K-1
Price: $3
Graphite rating: 3/5

Touch and Learn – Emotions
Excited, sad, or angry? This app helps kids identify feelings
Grades: K-2
Price: Free
Graphite rating: 4/5

Breathing Bubbles
Students release worries and embrace joys with anxiety-fighting tool
Grades: 1-5
Price: Free
Graphite rating: 4/5

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