Speech Therapy Apps for Autism: Empathy Pics

Empathy Pics: Social Skills

Develop Social Awareness & Understanding

Speech therapy apps for autism - Empathy Pics

Empathy Pics

Help older children and teens learn to talk about their emotions, understand others feelings and make appropriate responses in social situations 

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Speech Therapy Apps for Autism & Social Skills: Empathy Pics

Watch Empathy Pics in Action

Empathy Pics is ideal for older children and teenagers with autism and social communication difficulties.

  • Target expressive language and the ability to understand the perspective of others

  • Improve ability to understand emotions and body language

  • Develop understanding of what to say in a variety of social situations e.g. how to respond to good or bad news, how to show interest or concern

  • User profiles allow for individual user scoring​​

Real-life scenarios

Empathy Skills contains over 100 high-quality photos, depicting real-life scenarios. Each scenario has been carefully chosen to help older children and adults with autism become more aware of the feelings of others.  


to use Empathy Pics

Verbal explanations are essential when teaching social awareness and understanding to older children and adults with autism and/or social communication difficulties. Therefore, the questions in Empathy Pics are designed as thinking prompts that encourage interaction between the user and the speech language pathologist, teacher or family member. 

Emotions & Situations

Choose a picture. Ask the user the 5 questions.

  • Q1: Describe what you see in the picture

  • Q2: Identify how the other person is feeling

  • Q3: Discuss how you would feel in the same situation

  • Q4: Discuss what you would do in the same situation

  • Q5: Discuss a similar situation that has happened to you

Showing Concern 

Choose a scenario. Ask the child or adult what they might say to the other person to show interest or concern.


Multiple choice answers are available. Verbally explain why some responses are more appropriate than others.


others say about Empathy Pics

Sarah Connors

Mum of Alex

My son Ethan has high-functioning autism. He can struggle to accept others differences and to express him emotions. Sometimes, he can be too direct and puts his foot in it! Empathy Pics has been a wonderful resource for us to use at home. He is now much better able talk about his feelings and recognise how others may be feeling too. He is starting to understand that others can have very different lives and opinions to him! Thank you for making such a fantastic resource to help teenagers like my son who have autism and problems with social skills.


behind Empathy Pics

Many older children and adults with social communication difficulties can find it hard to express how they feel. They might also assume that others feel the same as they do in different situations. They need support to understand and to recognise the emotions of others. They also need support to understand that others can have a different perspective to them. These difficulties frequently result in not knowing what to say or how to respond in different social situations. 

We wanted to make an interactive resource that would foster better social awareness and improve the ability to see things from another person's point of view. This is what led us to develop Empathy Pics. 

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