iPad Apps That Help Autistic Children's Development (VIDEO)

08/18/2010 10:17 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

The mother of Nolan, a young boy diagnosed with autism, found herself pleasantly surprised by what technology could do to help her son's development.

Nolan's mom created a list of fun iPad apps that are also useful for learning social skills, fine motor skills, language and communication skills, sensory skills and others.

This video highlights a few of her and Nolan's favorites, like Tom the Talking Cat, who repeats back out loud whatever you say -- just the way you said it -- so kids can hear themselves as they tell a story.

"I love how he encourages my child to communicate and build his vocabulary," Nolan's mother said.

A complete list of autism-friendly iPad apps can be found at


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