Behavioral and Social Story Apps

Discovering Emotions with Zeely: Kids With Autism Learn About Emotions

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Have you ever told a joke and NO ONE laughed? That might be similar to how children with special needs, especially autism, feel when they just don't "get" emotions and the appropriate times to express them.Virtual EyeSee joined forces with speech pathologists and child psychologists to create the app Discovering Emotions with Zeely for...

Social Skills Storybook: Ruby Gets in the Game

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Have you ever been excited and nervous at the same time? A lot of autistic children who want to play in team sports get so excited about playing a sport, that they are a little shocked the day they step foot on the field to find anxiety and nerves taking over. How do we...

Guided Video Eliminates Distractions for Kids on the Autism Spectrum


Interactive video is a great way to keep a child's attention, especially when you pair it with a subject they enjoy. GuidedVideo is an app created by Guided Video LLC, that uses video, audio, and interactive buttons to teach or show a child a concept. This concept could be anything from steps to...

High Functioning Autism App: Casey’s Big Day

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Making new friends, managing loud noises, and self-calming techniques can be challenging for autistic children, including those with high functioning autism.But, Ruby Cube, Inc. has combined storytelling with graphics and audio to help children maneuver successfully through specific social scenarios. The parents of a high functioning autistic child used their experience and expertise in...

Social Skills Wrapped In a Story: Trudy Goes to the Beach

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Telling stories will never go out of style. Kids love reading, hearing, and telling stories, especially children on the autism spectrum.With new technology, like the iPad, children can even interact with a story and its characters.Ruby Cube Inc. has created an app, Trudy Goes to the Beach, that uses audio, graphics, and stories to...

Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults: Unstated Social Rules and Customs

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Hidden Curriculum apps are usually built for young ones with autism spectrum disorder. But it turns out that older adolescents and adults have our own app to help us with unspoken societal rules! I absolutely burst out laughing at the example below as soon as it came up. Why? If you're a literal...

Motivate Kids With Special Needs: First & Then App

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Kids find it challenging to understand the "first, then" concept. They don't enjoy having to do something they don't like before doing something they prefer. However, this is a much needed lesson that will see them through their school career and even further.The first activity might include doing homework, eating a vegetable, or picking...

Autism Tracker Pro Helps Monitor Behavior

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Sometimes we have challenging days with our autistic children, whether it's melting down, running away, fixating on something, choosing not to eat, or refusing to move on to the next activity. Track & Share Apps has created a great educational app, Autism Tracker, that helps parents, teachers, and therapists monitor behavior, mood, diet, and...

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Who’s Behind Autism Plugged In?

Who’s Behind Autism Plugged In?

My name is Jack Kieffer and I'm a blogger sharing my love of technology at blogs like Cool Gizmo Toys, Greenamajigger, and here at Autism Plugged In where I'm trying to make a difference in the lives of children with autism.

Several years ago, I began volunteering with special needs kids, who gave me much joy and an appreciation for life. This blog is my way of giving back. Any proceeds from this effort are used to support my friends with autism. Read more about Jack or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.