FindMe (listed in the app store as FindMe(Autism)) is an app designed to support young children with autism to practise simple social skills.
It has been developed at the University of Edinburgh as part of the Click East project, so you can be reassured that it is backed by research. It is also very attractive to look at, and seems to run very smoothly.
Basically, the child is encouraged to find a character on the screen, i.e. to pay attention to the person, not any of the ever-increasing background distractions.
The app is free to download, and for that you get levels 1-4. You can then purchase levels 5-16 for £4.99 where the child has to identify what is being looked at or pointed at. You can also purchase the ability to record your own voice instead of the voices that come as standard with the app, but as it was developed here the standard voices are Scottish so you may find there is no need to do this.
I certainly think that this app is worth downloading for the free levels, to see if it would suit the needs of your learners. The app has been featured on the BBC News website, and you can find out more about it (including a video) here.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve used this app successfully, or if you have any feedback on it.