In a recent post, we wrote about different things autism apps were doing for children. A commenter made a good point that while that’s all great and wonderful, there are also adults with autism and Android phones who could use a little help as well. While many apps are interchangeable (if adults can stomach the inevitable cartoon characters), there are some that are more adult-focused that we’d like to highlight.
The HANDS project is aimed at helping teens with autism gain independence, but it can be very helpful for adults as well. The Handroid widget guides you through activities such as going to the grocery with real-life photos and short descriptions of what you should do. You can also fill out its calendar and create a profile to access your SSSI and PT information. The Handroid widget is invaluable for new and unfamiliar experiences.
The Schafer Autism Report app is an e-newsletter routed straight to your phone to update you on the latest research notes and more. The report serves as a gateway to autism information such as public policy, insurance information, and possible causes of autism. Online learning about autism has become a lot easier with everything in one place. SAR has been serving individuals and families with autism since 1998 and is considered trustworthy within the community. There’s a new newsletter at least twice a week.
Adults with Asperger’s or who have trouble recognizing emotions may want to look into the Learn Feelings app. It features a character that has different facial expressions that have to be matched to the corresponding emoticon. There are also different side games that all focus on learning emotional expressions, such as the one that asks you to put the correct emoticon with the correct emotion. The app is simple, but goes beyond the basic ‘angry, happy, sad’ combinations.
Tasuc Schedule Lite is a great app for those who have trouble keeping track of what to do in a day. You can program it with photos, voice recordings and text to remind you when to do certain tasks, including things as basic as eating. You can use real photos or the included cartoon versions, which are adorable enough that an adult can use them with pride. It’s a great app for students who have to be several places in a day or for people with varied schedules.
The Visual Auditory Timer helps address the needs of adults who have problems keeping track of the time they’re spending on each activity. The interface is incredibly simple, with just four options to start, stop, reset or set the timer. They difference between this and just setting a nap timer from your built-in alarm clock is that the Visual Timer shows you how much time has passed (and is left) on a large moving pie chart. It’s great for when you need to fit several things in on one day so you don’t get too wrapped up in one item.