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Top Apps to Promote Social and Communication Skills for Children with Autism
April 2020 | blog content by Roba Hrisseh
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Click on each title below to review the Top Apps to Promote Social and Communication Skills.

Apps to Work on Social Skills photo
Free for basic content, upgrade for full
Otsimo is a certified and awarded educational game app developed for individuals diagnosed with learning disorders, attention deficit, autism and more. Games in this app aim to teach fundamental education about core skills such as words, alphabet, numbers, emotions, colors, animals and vehicles through assistive matching, drawing, choosing, ordering and sound games. For individuals or children having speech problems, Otsimo has free AAC which often is used in speech therapy, autism communication or special education schools
Autism Emotion by Model Me Kids photo
Free for basic content, upgrade for full
Autism Emotion uses music and a photo slideshow to help teach about different emotions. This app is based on the Model Me Faces & Emotions™ DVD, part of the Model Me Kids® social skills training series for children and teenagers with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. The app includes audio narration (English), descriptive text of each photo, and songs by Music Therapist Rachel Rambach.
iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids 4+ by Staytoooned photo
Free and $1.99 for full version
This app has both a free and paid version, dedicated to helping your child interpret feelings and emotions. For a young child who has a difficult time expressing and identifying emotions, this app allows a child to experiment and learn.
Peppy Pals Social Skills by Peppy Pals AB photo
This app is for children aged 2-9 learn to better understand their own and others emotions, work together, manage stress and create healthy relationships.
Elementary Social Skills by TeachTown photo
Each social skill domain of TeachTown Social Skills organizes 10 targeted behaviors (e.g., “Ask Before Interrupting Play”) that are each based on an important social skill under a key theme (e.g., “Following the Rules”). Each targeted behavior features its own animated episode and six daily teacher-driven lesson plans.
Between the Lines Level 1 HD 4+ by Hamaguchi Learning & Development, LLC  photo
Free version and paid version
This app is designed for elementary students and up, who would benefit from practice interpreting vocal intonation, facial expressions, perspective-taking, body language, and idiomatic or slang expressions. Using real photographs, voices and short mini-video clips of a variety of social situations and expressions, this app provides a dynamic way to help learn and practice interpreting the messages that are “between the lines” and simply can’t be replicated with worksheets and static flashcards.
Touch and Learn Emotions by Innovative Mobile Apps photo
Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. This app focused on helping kids read body language and understand emotions by looking at gorgeous pictures and figuring out which person is expressing a given emotion.
Social Express by the Language Express, Inc. photo
Subscription Based
Social Express’s animated interactive lessons allow users to practice in a safe environment the skills needed to manage real-life social situations. Fun and easy to use programs help drive learning and success in and out of the classroom.
Is that Silly by Smarty Ears photo
The purpose for Is That Silly is to encourage language growth. Is That Silly allows the parent, SLP, or teacher to teach the expressive and pragmatic language skills many of these children are lacking. Is That Silly is a fun way to teach children of various ages to pay attention to detail and expand their language skills. Is That Silly helps develop both receptive and expressive language as well as encouraging visual and auditory attention. The high-quality images in Is that Silly come in pairs, one silly and one “not silly” and are presented randomly. Each non-silly picture represents an every-day or true-life situation. The matching picture will vary by a silly change in wording.

  • Curriculum that teaches social and relationship boundaries, interpersonal skills, and relationship-specific social skills
  • Easy-to-understand format
  • Model looks like “circles” of relationships and characteristics of these different “circles”

QuestionIt by Language Learning Apps, LLC photo
Free version and full version $1.99
QuestionIt is an educational app for children with autism or other significant language disorders that provides systematic instruction over multiple opportunities to teach children what kind of word answers which type of "Wh-" (Who, What, When, Where, Why) question. Activities include sorting words by type of question they answer, answering questions about sentences, and answering questions about paragraphs.
Skill Champ by Infiniteach Inc. photo
Skill Champ uses your interactive, customized lessons to teach early learners new skills! Combine any of the 10 early academic lessons with your student’s favorite theme to create engaging lessons – use sailboats to teach numbers or train signs to teach colors!
Pictello by AssistiveWare photo
Create and share visual social stories and schedules with this app for iOS. Adding your own pictures, videos and recordings to stories you create makes it easier to share information while building literacy skills, as well as confidence in storytelling.
Speech Blubs: Language Therapy by Blub Blub Inc. photo
Free to trial but subscription-based
Speech Blubs uses video modeling, face filters, speech recognition, stickers, and activities to boost a child’s speech. It is great for ages 1-8.
Language Arts Animations by Age of Learning, Inc. photo
The Language Art Animations app showcases a fun cast of characters who will both engage and educate children ages 5 through 8. Your child can play and learn from these animations anywhere, anytime--even while offline!
Autism Nonverbal Therapy Game by MyFirstApp Ltd. photo
Let’s create helps develop creativity, spatial cognition, visual perception skills, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, imagination, and executive functions such as planning and organizing. It is designed for children aged 3+.

Social Story Creator & Library by Touch Autism photo
This app is also a library of some of the social stories that we have created for common behavioral skills and social situations. We give you one story “Taking Care of My Device” for free so that you can be familiar with our audio, graphics and story style before committing to any in-app purchases. Each of our pre-made stories have an intro page that tell you more about the social story and it’s content before you purchase. We have pre-made social stories for common behavior skills such as asking other children to play, running safety skills, good store behavior when shopping with adults and more!
My Story Book Maker by MY STORY, LLC photo
One of the simplest interfaces for book making and story telling on the App Store. It's great for children from 5-12 years old.
Stories About Me by Limited Cue LLC photo
Stories About Me allows parents and teachers to create their own social stories for their children and students. The narratives blend photos, text, and voice recordings that allow the child to playback on the iPad their own personalized media rich stories.
iCreate Social Skills Stories by I Get It, LLC photo
Social Skills Stories is an application with the ability to totally customize sequential steps of a storyline for individuals that need help building their social skills. The app is designed to make unlimited personalized social skill story books by importing personal photos, adding titles, text and audio to unlimited pages in the story. All the books can be re-arranged in an order specific to daily routines. In addition, all the pages in the books can be re-arranged or hidden in the setting section to allow for changes to each of the story lines. The multi-user feature allows for custom social skill stories to be made for different individuals within the same application.
Visual Schedule & Social Story by Nabeel Ahmed Khan photo
Free - Offers In-App Purchases
a visual support app focusing on using social stories and visual schedules to improve socially appropriate behaviors in children with autism. It's a virtual visual support app to assist children with autism and communication challenges at home, school and the community. The app replaces the traditional visual supports that can be cumbersome, time consuming, costly to create and limited in function.

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