This is Dr. Gary Brown’s Autism/DTT Shapes App. This app uses Discrete Trial Training (DTT) to help your child learn the basic shapes. DTT is the primary teaching method used in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to teach numerous pre-academic and social skills to children with autism. This app can be used to help teach the basic shapes to children with autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), or any child who has trouble staying on task.

Children using this app will be able to learn the shapes in English, French, Norwegian or Spanish by taking a flash card like quiz. Other language packs will be added soon! (Note, the startup and config screens of the app are currently in English only.)

Finding the right therapy for a child on the autism spectrum can be overwhelming. Only Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has years of scientific research proving its effectiveness and is recommended by The National Institute of Mental Health and the Surgeon General. But caregivers quickly learn that well-trained therapists in ABA are expensive and hard to find. During Dr. Brown’s forty years of clinical experience as a Licensed Psychologist he has tried to provide low-cost ABA resources for caregivers so they can do their own ABA. ABA and DTT increases your child's likelihood of being mainstreamed, increases happiness, and gives you hope.

This DTT App for teaching shapes is fully automated and has been tested with children with autism at The Children's Treatment Center. This app is designed to be very simple with no distracting stimuli because children with autism (and other disorders) are easily distracted. This app is not designed to be a general purpose game, but rather a clinically tested training approach for children with a specific type of learning disability.

Please check the app's website for more information about Autism, ABA and DTT.

Please try out other DTT and autism apps:
- DTT Colors
- DTT Shapes
- DTT Letters
- DTT Numbers
- DTT Site Words
- DTT Animals
- DTT People
- DTT Pro

What’s New

Version 1.4.8

Updated for iOS8 and iPhone 5 and 6 devices.

Ratings and Reviews

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1 Rating

ApraxiaMommy ,

This app is AMAZING!!!

I have a 2 1/2 year old autistic girl and nothing would get through to her. We tried cards with verbal commands and she just wasn't interested so we underestimated her capability. Once we were able to invest in an iPad, we realized that she wasn't captivated enough to perform tasks. I had heard about these DTT apps and decided to start with shapes and see where that got us. She went from an average of 30% success with cards to 60% on the first try on the iPad. It's proven to be a valuable tool when working with her and I highly recommend it to anyone that's having difficulty teaching shapes!!!

JulieRae79 ,

Educational and fun

I have purchased and use all of Dr. Brown's DTT apps (shapes, colors, and letters) with my 5y/o autistic son and my other children who have no developmental concerns. The apps are all easy to use and have a wonderful Log feature that records percentage of correct responses. The Log feature makes tracking progress and need areas effortless. All of Dr. Brown's apps are a must-have for any parent, teacher, or therapist looking for a fun alternative to flashcards. Excellent job Dr. Brown!

msteresa18 ,

Great app for shapes

This app is great for teaching shapes. You can start out contrasting two shapes, and work up more as the child is able. You can make is as simple or a complicated as needed. It includes basic shapes as well as 3 dimensional shapes. Just wish the voice sounded a little more natural.


Bob Bradley
19.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Chinese, Simplified Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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