Apps for Regulation for Individuals with Autism or Sensory Processing Disorders

Regulation appsDo you have students who benefit quiet, self regulation activities on the iPad?

As an OT working with a variety of students, many who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, having regulation apps on my iPad seem to be a must (along with many other sensory processing movement and tools!) . Here are a few favorite apps for the iPad that can help with regulation that can be of help with students:

MeMoves app iconMeMoves app provides calming music and movements individuals engage in to help with self-regulation. Available for iPod/iPod Touch, (9.99) the app provides guiding geometric shapes you trace or follow along with upper body and arm movements in a rhythmic and organizing manner.  The same patterned movements as the MeMoves DVD, the patterned movements focus on three areas, calm, joy and focus using music and upper body/arm movements. A variety of movement patterns that are bilateral symmetrical and asymmetrical and require crossing the midline, motor planning and encourage smooth coordinated movement.  Here is a video featuring the MeMoves app:

Pocket pond Pocket Pond app – is an all time favorite app for iPhone and iPad (free, in app purchases available but not necessary) and for Android (free) . Children and adults become mesmerized by the virtual Koi pond and fish that interact with minimal touch of the screen. This tend to be a favorite of several students with Autism I work with and rightly the sounds and and visual interactions make you feel you were at a pond – but without the possibility of getting wet!

Pocket pond appLaser Lights app icon Laser Lights app for iPhone and iPad (1.99) is an amazing visual app that provides a dynamic laser light show with interaction on the screen. A menu providing the options of  a Take Pic to use a picture from your Photo Album, Sticky Fingers which when turned On keeps the laser light show moving (great for those with limited movement or interactive abilities) and a Visual Mode which seemes to enhance the visual effects. Brilliant colors and patterns are displayed in this app that individuals seeking visual input will love.

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Ooze app iconOoze app  for iPhone and iPad (free)  provides play with the color shifting goo some mesmerizing fun! (Free).

Ooze pic1For more sensory and regulation apps check out these previous reviews:

Sensory Apps –

More Sensory Apps –

More apps for your OT mTool Kit!


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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