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Children and teens with autism or Aspergers often have difficulty communicating and interacting with others. The apps in this collection can help kids to understand their emotions better, learn how to read facial expressions, practice social exchanges, create personalized stories, and more. For more quality apps, browse our full library of literacy apps.

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Autism Emotion

Price: Free
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Autism Emotion uses music and a photo slideshow to help teach about different emotions.

i Get... My Schedules at School Social Skills Stories

Price: $4.99
Grade level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Language and Communication, Routines, Schedules, and Organization, Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

I Get… My School Schedules is a fully customizable application offering the ability to edit and create social skill stories for individuals that need support in understanding the sequence of their school day.

iPrompts

Price: $9.99-49.99
Skill: Language and Communication, Social Skills
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Create & modify visual schedules, countdown timer with a picture to aid. Each app purchase gives 10% to Autism Speaks.

Kid in Story Book Maker

Price: $6.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills.

Learn with Rufus: Feelings and Emotions

Price: $4.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Language and Communication, Social Skills
Device: Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Learn with Rufus: Feelings and Emotions aims to help children learn the facial expressions that correspond to happy, sad, angry, afraid, surprised, and disgusted. The game is highly customizable to meet the needs of children with varying skills, ability levels, and learning styles.

Model Me Going Places 2

Price: Free
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

A visual teaching tool for helping children learn to navigate 6 challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slide show of children modeling appropriate behavior.

Social Adventures

Price: $7.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Expert-approved activities nurture students’ social skills.

Social Stories

Price: $3.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Tool for developing social stories to help kids understand and navigate social situations. Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism.

Social Stories Creator for Educators

Price: Free-$24.99
Grade level: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Create multimedia stories that help with social skills. A free version allows teachers to try the app with limited content and capability. The paid version unlocks all content and does not include in-app purchases.

StoryMaker for Social Stories

Price: $39.99
Grade level: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

The app is designed to help parents, educators and clinicians quickly and easily create social stories with pictures and text.

The Social Express II

Price: $15/mo, $70/yr
Grade level: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th and above
Skill: Social Skills
Device: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges.

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