Literacy Apps

Social Skills

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.

Many of the reviews we link to are from Common Sense Education, a trusted resource for learning about apps and other edtech tools.

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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

This app offers a photo social skill story for children who need support in understanding the sequence of their school day. Forty-two icons with real picture images are used to illustrate the sequence of events with the ability to customize each page by importing photos, changing titles, adding text and audio. Additional custom pages can be added to the sequence of events.

Kid in Story Book Maker

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

A social story creation tool for teachers in special-needs settings.

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

This app is designed 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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