5 Great Reading Comprehension Apps For Autistic Children

Reading Comprehension iPad Apps for Autistic Children

Reading Comprehension Apps

Reading comprehension skills are important for individuals on the spectrum, as they may help improve speech and communication development.  Many young children with autism tend to be hyperlexic —  they are able to recognize, spell, and read a vast number of words at early ages.  However, few hyperlexic children actually understand the meaning of the words, phrases, and/or sentences in their vocabulary bank.  Undoubtedly, this creates a major challenge in later years when children are expected to have more complex interaction with written material.

Fortunately, there are numerous apps that may be able to help children on the spectrum balance their advanced reading and decoding skills with their delayed comprehension abilities.

Here is a list of five apps that may help your young learner with reading comprehension:

1.  Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion

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In this comic book app, Garfield and his friends team up to teach kids about internet safety. Specifically, the gang helps adolescents develop better online research techniques by teaching them to differentiate between fact and opinion and guiding them on how to choose reputable and reliable sources.

Through humor and jest this amusing comic teaches kids how to carefully navigate the internet.  At the conclusion of the script, kids are given an opportunity to apply their newfound knowledge through a creative game that requires them to determine which statements are fact and which are opinion.

Professor Garfield Fact or Opinion - Paws Incorporated This FREE reading comprehension app is best suited for middle school students learning the basic tenants of research methodology.  It is available for iPad users only. (English)


2.  Aesop’s Quest

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This unique app developed for readers on a second through sixth grade reading level is based on the treasured Aesop’s fables.  It features five short tales of favorite animal characters and classic narratives.  While teaching moral lessons through whimsical stories, this app strengthens children’s recall and sequencing abilities through quizzes and games.

An end-of-story quiz is presented after each tale that requires the child to answer various questions about the plot.  When the child passes the quiz, he is rewarded with a nifty game that further assesses his ability to recall key story events.

Aesop's Quest - NRCC Games Aesop’s Quest is available for $0.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. (English)


3.  Opposite Ocean

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In this ocean adventure app children get to help Luna and Leo collect pearls and other precious jewels as kids correctly identify antonyms from a whale puzzle.  Each whale presents a contextual sentence with a key word in which the child is asked to select the appropriate antonym for from four terms.

This reading comprehension app reinforces the child’s understanding of opposites as they complete activities geared for learners with a second through sixth grade vocabulary base.

Opposite Ocean (Antonyms) - NRCC Games This app is also available for $0.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. (English)


4.  Same Meaning Magic

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In the same format as Opposite Ocean, children learn about synonyms with Luna and Leo in this wishing well themed app.  Children collect a treasury of gold as they are rewarded for every synonym that they correctly identify from each sentence puzzle.  Designed for grade levels two through six, students are sure to increase their understanding of word meanings with Same Meaning Magic.

Same Meaning Magic (Synonyms) - NRCC Games This app is also available for $0.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. (English)


5.  Same Sound Spell Bound

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With this app children apply their knowledge of homonyms by determining the correct word from a list of terms with the same sound, but different spellings and meanings that best fits each sentence puzzle.  As each correct homonym is selected, the child acquires the right potion to help Luna and Leo cast a magical spell.

Though this app was created for younger learners beginning at grade level two, it may be best suited for older children who have a concrete foundation in spelling and parts of speech.

Same Sound Spell Bound (Homophones) - NRCC Games This app is also available for $0.99 and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. (English)

Thanks to Teri for this post – I really appreciate the work that she does and the effort she puts into her reviews!  She even does it for free out of the kindness of her heart!

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  3. Rita May on November 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    We are frustrated. Our 18 year old son, with Aspergers, is in his first smester at a community college. He is failing math and reading. His comprehension is not good. I have leanred that colleges are not ready for these kids. His financial aid will be in jeopardy if he fails. What are we supposed to do. I have been tring to get grants for 2 years to get an Ipad donated for him, but have been unsuccessful. Very frustrating.

    • Jack Kieffer on November 6, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Rita, Here is a link to a page full of ipad grant resources. http://www.autismpluggedin.com/ipad-grants-and-funding-sources Another strategy is to purchase a used iPad (older generation) from eBay – this can save you hundreds of dollars! Also, if your son’s fine motor skills are pretty good, you can also consider getting a used iPhone or iPod — they both will run most of the apps that we talk about here on our site. Hope this helps!

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