These 8 Free iPad games for math skill development in children with autism are wonderful for kids who are beginning to learn basic mathematics. I know that the abilities of children on the spectrum vary, so it’s important that you read the description that I give you of each app, visit the iTunes description, and then decide whether or not the app works for your child.
And, remember, all of these apps are free iPad apps, but some of them are just lite versions. If you love the lite version, then you can go ahead and buy the full application!
Math Drills Lite
Math Drills Lite is a very simple app that presents you with a math problem involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Along with the basic equation, the app also provides some kind of visual representation. (For example, for 8-4 = ? , the app might give a picture of eight blocks with four of them crossed out.) Your child needs to pick the correct answer to move on to the next question. There are also questions like 2 ? 3 = 6 , and the user would need to tap the multiplication sign. (English, Chinese, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish)
Math Tappers: Find Sums
Math Tappers: Find Sums is a great app that focuses on helping kids learn basic addition and subtraction not through numbers, but through counting objects.
Lets say you wanted to make the number eight, and a picture of five apples came up on the screen. You would need to select “3” in order to get the correct answer — to have eight apples! This is a simple game that can really help build a strong foundation in basic math. (English)
Multiplication Genius Lite
Multiplication Genius Lite is an application suitable for autistic children who are a bit higher functioning, as its aim is to teach the multiplication tables up to 12×12. For some children, this will be extremely difficult, and others will have no problem memorizing numbers.
You know your child – make sure that this will not frustrate them – if you think it will, just start off with a very basic addition and subtraction app to get them accustomed to numbers. (English)
Multiplication Genius x19 Free
Parents, unless you are a guardian of a child on the spectrum who has been gifted with math skills, I would shy away from this application because this app goes up to 19×19 on the multiplication table. This is basically a more difficult version of the application I talked about above. (Note that you can also set the app to only go up to 9×9 or 12×12, so if you would like to do that, this is may be an o.k. choice.) English, Korean
Mathmateer – Free
Mathmateer is my favorite math app on this list, and here’s why: it’s comprehensive, it’s easy, and it’s free. This free iPad game for math skill development lets kids have fun by building their own rocket ships while teaching them multiplication and addition. The app also helps kids learn shapes and even has money-counting and even-number identifying sections!
This app also has a 99 cent version, which has lots more “math missions” on it. I didn’t get a chance to use it, but if the free version is any indication, it’s probably worth the 99 cents! (English)
Candy Count – Learn Colors & Numbers
Candy Count is a great math app for children on the spectrum, because it takes a more conceptual approach to mathematics. Not only do kids learn how to count up to twelve, the app also helps kids compare quantities, sort colors, and arrange numbers in increasing order! Awesome app! (English, Chinese, Spanish)
Splash Math Worksheets
Splash Math Worksheets is a great series of apps, available for Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. These apps are similar to the Rocket Math app in that they cover many different aspects of math. The app includes questions about time, money, comparisons, and more! Numbers go up to twenty, but everything is addition and subtraction. (English)
Math Puppy Bingo Challenge
Math Puppy Bingo Challenge is another great simple math app for children on the spectrum! This game incorporates math and bingo into a fun experience where kids can choose their own dog avatar and select which type of math they would like to work on! Math Puppy Bingo Challenge has received lots of five star reviews, and is sure to be a hit with your kid! (English)
If you liked this list, you may also be interested in reading “10 Free iPad Apps For Children With Special Needs”