10 Free iPad Apps for Kids With Autism

Free iPad Apps - Kids with Auitsm

Two years ago I published a post, 20 iPad Apps for Kids with Autism, and the post quickly became one of the most visited pages on my entire site. Since then, multiple iPad updates have been released and the app store has grown exponentially.

I figured that there was no better time than now to update that post and so here are 10 Free iPad Apps for Kids With Autism.

1. FreeSpeech for iPad
FreeSpeech is a communication tool based upon research in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and human-computer interaction, as well clinical insight and expertise in speech and communication disorders. We are rapidly expanding our vision of this technology in collaboration with world-class researchers, clinicians, and experts in autism and speech and language disorders.

2. ChoiceBoard Creator
ChoiceBoard Creator is the updated version of its predecessor ChoiceBoard Maker. It is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.

3. ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions
Identifying, understanding, and responding appropriately to emotions is a very important skill for every child. In this application we cover over 20 different emotions via gorgeous flash cards and interactive games.

4. ABA Flash Cards – Famous Places
A set of flash cards with some of the world’s most famous places: Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

5. Able AAC Free
This app is a good preview for the full-featured Able AAC app as well as the My Daily Tasks app. You will be able evaluate usability, functionality and capability.

6. Big Day Lite – Event Countdown
Are you bored with the other countdown or day tracking apps which have only simple text, small image? We have a totally different and unique app with full graphics and animation effects without any annoying ads banner. Big day is a day tracking app which tells you the remaining days until or start counting the days after the event with your own photos.

7. BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week
Ideal for kids in Kindergarten through grade 3, the BrainPOP Jr. Movie of the Week app spans subjects within Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing, Math, Health, Arts and Technology. The gentle, humorous, and relatable characters Annie and Moby serve as guides through each topic, empowering kids to form their own ideas. BrainPOP Jr. content is designed to cultivate critical thinking skills and encourage children to ask questions and make connections. The app is easily navigable by kids ages 5-9.

8. ComApp
Special Learning’s new app “Communicating Basic Needs” has been created using the
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to allow children with autism or any other
language deficit to easily and effectively communicate their basics needs and wants in five
main categories: food, drink, clothing, toys and emotions using actual photographs and real
voices. The app can easily be turned into an AAC device by simply installing it onto a device,
providing savings of thousands of dollars.

9. Autism iHelp – WH Questions
Autism iHelp is a vocabulary teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.

10. ABA – Problem Solving – What does not belong?
Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. You can use Touch and Learn to teach basic concepts such as new shapes or advanced concepts such as colors or characteristics (e.g. big, bigger, small, smaller, etc.). The possibilities are truly endless and just up to your imagination.

Photo: Sean MacEntee/Flickr

About Melissa

Melissa is the mother of two children on the autism spectrum and strives to provide information about all aspects of autism through her blog, The Autism Education Site. Follow Melissa on Twitter. Like me on Facebook.

© Melissa Hincha-Ownby and The Autism Education Site, 2008-2014.


  1. I have a 16yr old neice with autism and limited speach. Her adopted parents are in 60′s with one income from fathers police job. can we apply somewhere for a free ipad for Sydney so she can communicate with us all better? Her biological mom, my syster, was recently killede as a pedestrian in a hit and run in miami fla and when i saw cnbc show aabout sspeach for autistic children I knew she could bebfit, but, I too am near 60 and on fixed income/disabled. Any info or assistance you can ggive me is truly appreciated. My niece is in special ed in 10th grade but developmentally about 7. Thank you for your time. teri

  2. My son really enjoys Autism myVoice. Very helpful with his communication. http://bit.ly/ZgWCk4


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