Top Ipad Apps For Children With Autism

ipad apps for children with autism

I am an autism mother. My oldest who is 4 years old was diagnosed with autism right after his 2nd birthday. We have been working hard with therapies and such to give him the help he needs. We have seen so much progress in the last two years. He has grown so much. He is still non-verbal or as I like to say pre-verbal. He has a handful of words that he says often but not consistently. We have lots of hope that he will be completely verbal someday. Not long after Ian was diagnosed with autism my dad was so generous to buy him a iPad. Ian’s speech therapist used a iPad lots during therapy sessions, and had seen great things with it. I wanted to be able to carry those therapy sessions over to home as well. My husband was going to Vet school at the time, so we felt very blessed that my dad bought him one. Ian caught on to the iPad super quickly, and it was almost a calming tool for us. It also was something that he would stick to for longer then 45 seconds. We loaded the iPad with lots of the apps that his therapist used with him, and some fun ones for him as well. Then just a few months ago we purchased as mini iPad for him to use just for communication. Just in the last few months we have seen awesome results. I wanted to share the apps that have been a great help in our journey with my son. These apps are not only great for our son Ian with autism, but our 2 year old that does not have autism loves them. She has also learned lots from these apps. Here is a list of great apps. Some cost money but most are free.

VastAutism 1  

This app cost us about $5, but was great for language building

Animal Sound

free app: great for imitation apps

Free app: this set of apps has nouns and actions that shows a picture and says the word. Great for communication skills as well.

Tiny Hands apps

These apps come in a bundle for 10 for $21 dollars. They have great color sorting and puzzles.


This app is $6.99. It has worked wonders for scheduling for my son. It helps him complete daily routines (morning, day, & night).


This is the most expensive app we have purchased for my son. It is his communication though. It has changed our lives. It cost us about $250 dollars. It was worth every penny. It has provided a voice for my son. Also we have seen so many new words come out of his mouth since getting this app.


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  • Raising Samuels

    What wonderful resources! I will be sharing with my cousins for their children. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  • butfirstcoffeemom

    How wonderful to hear about his progress! Technology is an amazing tool and I am glad it helps. I will be sharing with others who could benefit, thanks!

  • When I did student teaching for my Special Ed degree I was amazed at how much technology helped the kids progress. That is so neat that he was able to get an Ipad that has helped him and that they have special apps just for autism. What a great resource! 🙂

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      It’s amazing the resources out there for children on the spectrum. Technology can be used for so much good!

  • Laci Jamison Carlson

    These are perfect ! I am PTO president @ my daughters Elementary school and will be sharing these @ the next meeting !! Thanks so much for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays !! Laci @

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      I hope that these resources were helpful at your daughters school!

  • Julie

    I’m so excited to see that there are so many great apps to help kids with autism! My oldest is autism spectrum and I wish we would have known to do more when he was younger.

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      They are coming out with so many great apps for kiddos. My 4 year old really connects on a technical level, so the ipad is great.