Autism and Web-Based Learning: Review and Evaluation of Web Apps

  • Andrés LarcoEmail author
  • Esteban Diaz
  • Cesar Yanez
  • Sergio Luján-Mora
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 746)


Challenges with social skills are the main barrier of people with autism preventing them to be independent adults. However, information and communication technology can help individuals with autism by developing and practicing essential social skills. The objective of this research was reviewing and evaluating web apps for people with autism using Mobile App Rating Scale. The review used a set of free apps from Doctor TEA and Pictoaplicaciones. Based on these websites, a total of 65 apps were evaluated using Mobile App Rating Scale. The results showed that twenty-five apps had an acceptable quality with scores over four. Therefore, the use of these apps could be recommended for therapists, parents, and people with autism. The app list generated by this research can be used as a complementary resource in the educational field targeting specific skills needed by people with autism to overcome different social situations.


Autism Web apps Internet Quality evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés Larco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Esteban Diaz
    • 1
  • Cesar Yanez
    • 1
  • Sergio Luján-Mora
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Informática y Ciencias de la ComputaciónEscuela Politécnica NacionalQuitoEcuador
  2. 2.Departamento de Lenguajes y Sistemas InformáticosUniversidad de AlicanteAlicanteSpain

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