Autism Apps Get Advice From Charities
Autism Charities Advice On Apps
We created myhealthapps.net because we believe patient groups are best placed to recommend apps from hundreds of thousands available. For example, the community of parent and patient organisations for autism offer advice on relevant apps and digital tools.
Directory of autism apps
The Autism Education Trust was founded by three UK charities: the National Autistic Society (NAS), Ambitious about Autism (AaA) and the Council for Disabled Children (CDC). It is supported by the UK Department of Education.
Their website includes a downloadable PDF of an extensive directory of autism apps: `Best Autism Apps For iPad, iPhone and Android’.
This comprehensive guide was produced in the US by the specialist Autism Parent Magazine (APM). Running to more than 115 pages, the downloadable PDF lists collates descriptions of mobile apps suitable for age two upwards. Each app description includes links to sites where the app can be downloaded.
The apps are divided into subsections.
School apps include topics such as:
- Maths skills
- Speech and communication.
Day-to-day living apps include topics such as:
- Behaviour management
- Social skills
- Game and entertainment
- Functional skills, such as shopping and cooking
- Health management
- Autism awareness and news
Roadmap for assistive technology
When introducing a technological subject, it often helps to keep both language and format simple. The US charity Autism Speaks offers a range of guidance on assistive technologies for autism. One example is their downloadable PDF roadmap on getting started with Assistive Technology for Communication.
Using a step-by-step format, it brings together practical advice on choosing, using and financing assistive technologies. It is designed to help parents to understand their rights and navigate the complexities of the US education and healthcare system to help get their child assessed, or gain funding for assistive technology.
Specialist app library
Easter Seals is a leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities in the US. It runs a specific site Bridging Apps, which aims to “Bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities.” Its app library contains more than 4,000 apps searchable across a range of categories. Of these, around 90 are specifically included in a list of autism apps, and seven were selected as the best apps in their blog.