Autism Spectrum Disorder

Beads with letters that spell out autismAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological disorder with symptoms starting in early childhood. Typical signs of ASD include lack of eye contact, trouble keeping a conversation going, and repetitive behavior like saying a sentence over and over. There is no standard way to treat ASD but there are ways to manage the disorder, including medication to control symptoms, and therapy to improve communication and developmental skills. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

Autism Tracker tracks and analyzes data about autism, including sleep, stress, weather, happiness, activity level, behavior, and other topics. Lite version – free; full version – less than $10.  iOS.

Model Me Kids offers two apps, Autism Emotion and Model Me Going Places. Autism Emotion helps your child learn about different emotions. Model Me Going Places helps your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Free. iOS.

iPrompts allows users to create and present visual schedules, timers, and choices to those with autism spectrum disorders.  Paid ($49.99 for iOS; less than $10 for Android).

Verbal Victor 2.0 is an assistive communication app for people and children with emerging communication needs and developmental delays. Paid ($11.99). iOS.


Resources selected by Angela Bardeen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Last reviewed July 15, 2020

Last updated September 17, 2020 at 4:14 pm