Autism conference (APAC) 2012[1]

Autism conference (APAC) 2012[1]

  1. The Social Express app: 1) animation 2) 2 skill levels 3) tips – look at faces, people use eyes to show what you are thinking about; social skills; emotions/ how someone feels
  2. Wonkidos app: -play with friends [there is a video & book]: 1) conversation skills – social (getting dressed, go to toilet) – 4 to 5 year old boys like it. W) mood journal
  3. My Life Skills Box app: 1) life and social skills 2) story-based, pictures about being social & doing things like brushing their teeth. [children like this more than books]
  4. The Berenstain Bears app: 1) very basic story about sharing/playing games ( but not when children say ‘No’ when approached.( then play by yourself or with someone else – separate role play. [there is a chores app]
  5. Model Me Going Places app: 1) photographic [lot of children like that][apps – children can take it with them & play][going to dr’s]
  6. Positive Penguins app: 1) need to be about 8 or 9; 2) all about reading expressions 3) comes with help & asks children questions about emotions & why they feel what they do. 4) need insights about thoughts & feelings 5) less than $5 [there are also apps about chores]
  7. Stories2Learn app: 1) saying hello, waving, looking at things with someone else 2) photographic 3) gestures, turn-taking
  8. Social Quest app: 1) cartoon, various settings 2) American – “mail carrier” 3) returning something to a shop owner 3) report card & rewards 4) suited for 10 to 12 year olds
  9. Emotion Detective app: 1) Aussie 2. Cartoon
  10. Social Comprehension app: 1) for teens in the home, school, & on the job 2) taking turns, responding appropriately, responding to change
  11. Between the Lines app [she likes it] advanced is for Teens 1) facial expressions, ) photographic in form 3) also video-based 4) can change and make more complex, including changing the order [note: these can go on special]
  12. Super Duper apps: [also in card form] 1) problem-solving, staying on topic, politeness 2) cartoon in form 3) “pragmatics” [she sometimes uses it for language/to get them speaking ) inferencing exercises
  13. Zones of Regulation app: 1)cartoon – avatar travels through a city 2) about individuals being in different zones a different times [kids like it]
  14. Hidden Curriculum on the Go app: 1) has used it with a 10 year old girl 2) rudeness – social intuition – what is socially inappropriate to say such as how to talk to the teacher, others on the playground

N.B. there are also idiom apps. For e.g “pull your socks up”


  1. Injini app: 1) seems young – developmental 2) cartoon 3) letters 4) follow patterns 5) $35
  2. Ready to Print app:1) vertical/horizontal 2) letter tracing
  3. Writing wizard app: capitals
  4. Reading Skills 1 app: 1) spelling & sounds 2) 2 levels
  5. Readers app: phonetics
  6. Rainbow Fun app: 1) free- writing ex.
  7. Pocket Phonics app: 1) sounding & drawing letter and spelling words
  8. Pinch peeps app: fine motor skills (thumb & forefinger)
  9. Monkey Math app: patterns, maths
  10. Monkey Lunchbox


10 evidence-based apps identified and sourced to Beyond Blue[2]:

  1. Appreciate A Mate (to support a friend)
  2. Check-In App [Beyond Blue – how to approach a friend with mental health problems]
  3. Headspace – learn meditation from scratch
  4. Mood Tracker (cost)
  5. Reach Our Breathe
  6. Reach Out wOrry Time
  7. Smiling Mind – mindfulness meditation
  8. Stress check
  9. Mind shift – anxiety
  10. Thought diary pro (cost)


Frankie (a sausage dog) & Friends

– social communication skills

– paying attention to social information

– emotion detection game (sorting game)[looking at faces before objects]

– follow another person’s gaze (following the dog’s gaze)

– game uses sounds & stars as rewards, & gets more difficult over time

– it uses token rewards (from ABA Therapy)

– [game is being trialled in schools at present]

– parent – says she wants her child to not be made neurotypical & to be accepted for who they are

– how does the game translate into the “real world” & interaction with other human beings


Source: ABC RN All in the Mind | Apps for Autism | broadcast date: 14 August 2016

[1] Source: Social skills apps presentation dated 14 August 2012 @ Autism Asperger ACT

[2] Date June 2015


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