These technologies are so new that there are few official studies on their effectiveness; but based on reviews, the outlook is very positive. Dr. Boser cautions that whatever the hype about these apps, don't use them as a substitute for best practices in autism therapy. Apps should always be used in consultation with a therapist or teacher. The iPad she says, "is still only a tool, and only as good as the developer, therapist or user's knowledge and ability." Using these apps for autism with your kid's normal therapeutic practices will help your child feel empowered to learn new communication and socialization skills to boost her self-esteem.