When we started an autism program for Adrian we started with a PECS board his Special Education teacher had made for home use. Then I started looking into the ipod touch. We bought an iPod touch and then I found a website that had a lot of useful information about apps that I will list below.
I have used two apps of this list so far. Those are Tap to Talk and First Then Visual Schedule. Both apps have worked well for our son.
Tap to Talk is currently free on itunes and can be used with an ipod touch, iphone or ipad. You get a starter set of images such as go or drink and then three or four choices. If you want different options or to make your own options you can pay a one year subscription fee of $99.95. Our son is verbal, but has a hard time asking for help so this helps when he uses it.
First Then Visual Schedule is 9.99 on iTunes. The reason I love this app is simple. My son is very literal. That being said I can take pictures of all of his things ie. His own toothbrush so when he sees the photo he is not telling me that’s not my toothbrush. If your child is not literal or does not mind photos that aren’t exact this app also has a photo catalog. You can create as many schedules as you need and edit them too.
I also have an autismxpress app that shows facial expressions and matches them with a sound effect.
And a parents flash card app. This one has letter flash cards and a tracing activity.