20 Autism Apps That Are Free!

Our “10 Free iPad Apps for Children With Special Needs” post was so incredibly popular, that Autism Plugged In has created a new list of “20 Autism Apps That Are Free!” for your downloading pleasure.

Introducing: 20 Autism Apps That Are Free

Sit back, enjoy, and get these free apps now!

*Please note that these apps were free at the time of publication.

**Also, Lite versions usually include less options than full paid versions of the app – so if you download and like a Lite version, you can always choose to purchase the full version later.

 

1.  Voice Dream Reader (Lite)

 

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Download: Voice Dream Reader Lite – Winston Chen

iTunes description excerpt:

Listen to Web pages, documents, eBooks, Pocket and Instapaper reading lists with the best synthesized voices available. Voice Dream Reader is the highest rated text-to-speech app in the App Store.

The lite version of Voice Dream Reader reads approximately 300 characters at a time, which means it stops reading after a few sentences, and you’ll have to press Play again. Otherwise, it does everything the paid ($4.99) version can. In addition, you can download free of charge any of our 55 voices in 20 languages to try them out.

 

2.  I Hear Ewe

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Download:  I Hear Ewe – Animal Sounds for Toddlers – Claireware Software

iTunes description excerpt:

Entertain and educate your toddler with this simple game full of 24 different authentic animal sounds and 12 different vehicle sounds. When your baby taps on an animal or vehicle icon, the game will verbally announce what type of animal or vehicle it is and play a recording of its real sound.

 

3.  Choice Board Creator

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Download:  ChoiceBoard-Creator – Techno Chipmunk

iTunes description excerpt:

ChoiceBoard Creator is the updated version of its predecessor ChoiceBoard Maker. It is the perfect app for creating customizable choice boards for the unique needs of individuals with communication challenges. It reinforces correct choice by expanding the selected image as well as playing the customized auditory rewards.

 

4.  Paint Sparkles Draw

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Download:  Paint Sparkles Draw – My First Coloring Book HD! – Kids Games Club

iTunes description excerpt:

Come enjoy the beloved Paint Sparkle Draw app with brand new beautiful graphics and exciting new features! Everybody’s favorite coloring book is now easier to use than ever! With 20+ vibrant crayon look alike colors.

 

5.  Kids Can Match – Animals

Download:  Kids Can Match – Animals , vocal memory game for children HD – Kids Place

iTunes description excerpt:

An interactive, adaptive and fun memory game for children of all ages. This app contains an amazing, one of a kind, collection of over 70 authentic animal images and sounds.

 

6.  Toddler Puzzle Shapes

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Download:  Toddler Puzzle Shapes – Technolio Inc.

iTunes description excerpt:

This fun matching game helps improve visual perception & develop fine motor skills by dragging & dropping puzzle pieces to match the blinking silhouette.

 

7.  DotToDot – Numbers & Letters Lite

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Download:  DotToDot numbers & letters lite – Apps in My Pocket Ltd

iTunes description excerpt:

In this lite version, you can chose for younger kids to practise counting “1,2,3…” or older kids to practise “9, 18, 27…”. A four-year-old can practise counting “1,2,3…” on a simplified set of dot-to-dot puzzles designed for younger fingers. If they touch the right dot, the app says the number. If they touch the wrong dot, the dot wriggles to let them know and the correct dot draws attention to itself.

 

8.  Kindergarten!

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Download:  Kindergarten! – 22learn, LLC

iTunes description excerpt:

Letters, Counting, Puzzles, Sizes, Shadows, Matching, Colors, Shapes, Differences, Patterns and more — you are on the right address!

 

9.  Abby Farm Animals Preschool and Toddler

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Download:  Abby Farm Animals Preschool and Toddler – 22learn, LLC

iTunes description excerpt:

A great teaching tool, the app features over 70 animals and 350 photos and illustrations, all accompanied by realistic sound effects and spoken animal names.

 

10. Flashcards+

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Download:  Flashcards+ – Connor Zwick

iTunes description excerpt:

Designed at Harvard University, Flashcards+ is an optimized way to learn and retain new information. It allows you to easily create and study flashcards without the hassle of having to buy and write on actual note cards. You can also access tens of millions of decks of pre-made decks for free and Flashcards+ can even talk with an award-winning human voice synthesizer in 22 languages in multiple dialects and both genders.

 

11. Abby Monkey Baby Zoo Animals

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Download:  Abby Monkey® Baby Zoo Animals: Preschool activity games for children – 22learn, LLC

iTunes description excerpt:

3 games in one app. Endless space for exploration. Abby Photo Animals is a new application by 22learn from the extremely successful Abby series devoted especially to curious toddlers. Photoanimals app with its cute pictures and heart-melting photos is sure to incite your kids’ imagination, exploration and desire to learn!

 

12. How to Make Origami

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Download:  How to Make Origami – Sergey Burlakov

iTunes description excerpt:

The “How to Make Origami” app is simple and easy to use. Follow the step-by-step instructions and watch the 3D animation carefully. And don’t worry, you’d have to try really hard to get confused.

 

13. PBS KIDS Video

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Download:  PBS KIDS Video – PBS KIDS for iPad   or  Download Android App

iTunes description excerpt:

Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.

 

14. Math Puppy Bingo – Includes Subtraction Only

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Download:  Math Puppy – Bingo Challenge Educational Game for Kids HD – Kids Games Club

iTunes description excerpt:

Math Puppy is the perfect way to build up your math skills. Your child will be able to enjoy a constructive, supportive, interactive fun filled environment while mastering the arts of basic math.

 

15. Dinosaurs World

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Download: Dinosaurs World – vocal memory match game for children HD – Kids Place

iTunes description excerpt:

Welcome to a one of a kind interactive, adaptive and fun memory game for children of all ages. Dino match contains a unique collection of over 40 amazing dinosaur images and sounds.

 

16. Phonics Genius

Download: Phonics Genius – Innovative Mobile Apps

iTunes description excerpt:

One of the best ways to rapidly learn how to speak, read, and recognize words is through phonic awareness. This app is specifically designed to help students recognize and distinguish words by sounds.

This app is loaded with content. We are talking over 6,000 professionally recorded words carefully grouped into 225 categories by phonics.

 

17. Color Uncovered – by Exploratorium

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Download: Color Uncovered – Exploratorium

iTunes description excerpt:

Explore the surprising side of color with Color Uncovered, an interactive book that features fascinating illusions, articles, and videos developed by the Exploratorium.
Color Uncovered features a wide spectrum of cool color-related topics to explore. Learn why friends shouldn’t let men buy bananas. Try your own color experiments on the iPad using simple items you have at home: a CD case, a drop of water, and a piece of paper. Discover how the iPad and other devices create color. Find out what causes afterimages—and more.

 

18. Sight Words List

 

Download:  Sight Words List – Learn to Read Flash Cards & Games – Innovative Mobile Apps

iTunes description excerpt:

Sight WordsList by Innovative Mobile Apps, also known as the Dolch List are an integral part in learning how to read. The Dolch Word list contains 315 words that are broken down into appropriate age groups. It is important for young readers to be able to instantly recognize these high frequency words in order to be proficient and fluent readers.

 

19. Animal Sounds FREE

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Download:  Animal Sounds Free – NAHLA VS LITTLEDEE PTY. LTD.

iTunes description excerpt:

Animal Sounds from iTots gives your child the chance to interact and learn, with pre-made sight and sound flashcards. Each card is presented as a full colour photograph, with the associated animal noise springing to life as your child touches the image. Touching the name of the animal will sound out the type of creature it is.

 

20. Things That Go Together

 

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Download: Abby – Basic Skills Preschool: Things That Go Together and Shapes HD Free – 22learn, LLC

iTunes description excerpt:

Abby’s Basic Skills application is a new application from a series developed by a team of educational experts from 22learn designed to best prepare your children for success in the kindergarten curriculum. Its simple child-friendly interface offers children an engaging way to master the essential skills in the total of 12 (full version only) DIFFERENT EXCITING EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES (ten educational activities + two creative activities). We sincerely hope your children will enjoy them all!

 

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