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Autism Queensland and a team of UQ Speech Pathology students have produced a quick, user friendly start-up guide aimed at helping parents choose appropriate iPad apps for their young children with autism.

With the plethora of apps it’s difficult for parents to know what’s appropriate for their children’s needs. The US based organisation Autism Speaks estimates there are more than 580 autism-related apps in iTunes and about 250 for Android.

'APPraisal of APPropriate APPs' provides a five point rating system to help parents select the right apps for their children.

Autism Queensland Senior Speech Pathologist Rachel Lavercombe said it can be very confusing for parents when first learning about the possible benefits of iPads.

“There are lots of extremely comprehensive lists out there, but these can become confounding for parents, as they don’t know which app to buy to suit the skill levels and needs of their child,” Rachel said.

“This guide aims to match their child’s skill levels and needs with a number of apps that may be useful, without having to purchase and trial them.

“For each app, we considered the independence needed to access the app, motivation, feedback given to the child, the sensory friendliness, the ability to customise, and language skills needed, as every child with autism is different.

“We’ve split the apps into 11 different areas according to how the app may support the child with autism, ranging from communication skills, social skills and activities of daily living through to apps that can be used to target academic skills, or help with emotional regulation and behavior.

“The list also includes a large number of free apps, which can help take financial pressure off parents,” she said.


Best Apps for Kids:

The site only reviews and includes app that we feel are the “best apps for kids”. A lot of that is subjective. As apps, technology and competition changes some apps that were 5 star apps will no longer be the “best of the best”. Always look for the most recent reviews and if you have a question about an app email us. This site provides links to FreeAppFriday, it is worth checking out the site.

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Raising Children Network:

Download this free app on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and disability to get funding and services help, parent stories and reliable, easy-to-understand information. Proudly produced by Raising Children Network, the app is available for iOS and Android.

You can use the Children with Autism & Disability app before and after a child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or disability.

With this free app, you can:

  • use our pathfinder to navigate each stage of funding, services and support before and after diagnosis
  • connect to ASD or disability services in your area with a mapping tool and key contacts directory
  • navigate the Australian services system with step-by-step expert guidance
  • learn from other parents’ experiences through parent videos
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