About Apps for Autistic Adults

Apps for autistic children greatly outnumber that for adults. But companies often argue that the children’s apps can be by adults as well. They are affordable to all, regardless of the income of the user.While many of the existing apps are suitable for both kids and adults and have their use, experts strongly suggest the need for apps exclusively for adults. That doesn’t mean that apps made for children can’t be used by adults. However, some content in a children’s app may not be appropriate for adults. It may not include what autistic adults need.Most autistic adults don’t need the same type of academic and social skill training like children. But those who require such skills and want to develop on a particular area of behaviour, the apps must be suitable for the maturity-level of adults, allowing them to either work individually or with the support of a worker, according to their desires.For the greater part though, adult autistic apps or the ones for children, act as a supporting device to manage functional, organizational and communication skills. Sensory overloads can be managed by a range of adult autistic apps, not to mention a tab’s basic function: playing the music. Apps based on picture exchange communication system (PECS) or text-to-speech may need some customisation for adults. But they can open up avenues of alternative communication for nonverbal autistics, and in the moments of stress, where there is a temporary loss of verbal skills.Productivity and organizational adult autistic apps already exist in the market. These can help an adult to become more independent, remember appointments, and take medicines. A user can set reminders to eat, bathe, and carry out other regular tasks. Since these apps are designed exclusively for adults, they require less customization. The main hurdle, of course, is to learn using adult autistic apps properly.These apps are unlikely to entirely eliminate the need of support workers. However, the apps may open new possibilities regarding independence of the user. The main point is exposing children to these apps at a young age. By the time a child becomes an adult, he/she will be already accustomed to technology. They will become more independent, lead a happy contented life, and be a part of the community, according to their abilities.Many experts believe that it’s possible to support autistic adults, with a wide range of needs and abilities, in this way. The autism community must come out to assist the development of apps for using on a long-term basis. A person doesn’t stop being an autistic once he/she attains majority. They may still need lifelong support and accommodation.Whenever we think about the future of an autistic child, we must consider the future of an autistic adult as well. Apps for autistic adults can also be gradual with their features. An adult who is accustomed to an app from childhood would be in a better position to adapt to advanced apps. They can merge into the mainstream and won’t feel left out.