Using apps to help treat autism
Posted 11 February 2012 - 08:46 AM
Details! Don't leave me hanging like this, it's killing me.
Posted 11 February 2012 - 10:44 PM
It sucks but autism isn't like asthma where you can medicate a child, remove allegens etc and with luck they grow out of it. Austism Is. And no matter how much the experts want these kids to listen, talk etc it may just not happen. It's in the nature of the condition and there might not be a way to change that. So if pointing at pictures on an iPad allows a child to get what he/she wants when nothing else worked before, that's "working".
Posted 14 February 2012 - 02:36 AM
There's that old adage: "The best camera is the one you have on you." The same is true for any type of therapeutic intervention. I did an interview on PsychCentral about my app which was designed to help with dialectical behavior therapy and borderline personality disorder: http://blogs.psychce...n-app-for-that/ that's in a similar vein. Mobile apps for therapeutic intervention are the future; just make sure you're staying grounded in what works. The field is still young, but I'm sure that there will be some research to help you separate the wheat from the chaff eventually. (At the risk of seeming spammy, my app can be found at diarycard.net - please remove that link if it is perceived to be out of line.)
Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:35 AM
I am a university professor... I research and create mobile support systems for people with autism and I'm not alone. I wish someone would do an article on us... we are developing 'apps' (for lack of a better term) that put the current apps to shame.
Apps are good... systems are better. It is the difference between one way communication (like a TV) and two way communication (like social media)... apples and oranges but two way is MUCH better in supporting both those with autism and those that support them.
OK.. enough said... another article about how great apps are for autism... ok but old news... I hope some day someone will seek out universities and show everyone what is in their very near futures! That is what is REALLY exciting...
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:53 AM
Shanesh COLORS Program is an innovative way to deliver extended evidence-based therapy like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This intervention program is specially designed for special needs education and children with learning disabilities or individuals with autism or autism spectrum disorder. Our well tested technology extend the same ABA based therapy from the classroom or therapy centers to the homes for the children with learning disabilities, Autism or any other special needs. Shanesh Colors have uploaded many apps on Apple Itunes for special needs education.
1. Autism Series - Learn Feelings Iphone App:-
Let your child learn about various emotions using facial expressions through this app. This app is a part of Shanesh COLORS app series designed for kids on autism spectrum. It is based on discrete trial part of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis).
Understanding and recognizing expressions and emotions is one of the basic and essential social skills. “Autism Series - Learn Feelings?” makes use of amazing visuals and animations to teach this skill.
Few sample emotions included in this app are Happy, Angry, Tired, Surprised and Sneaky. You will soon find out which are the others once you download this app!
The app uses one of most popular character Ningzy to show expressions. Blue smiles are used to generalize the concept by portraying the same expressions.
The app further presents a match making grid where your child can match expressions of Ningzy and Smile.
The app offers positive reinforcement in the form of an audio/visual or animated reward upon acceptable performance. It also plays interesting animation on each correct response to get or retain.
This app can be downloaded using following link:
Posted 22 February 2012 - 05:23 AM
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:09 PM
In any case, I think it's so great that Apple's technology can help all these autistic children. I'd love to see what it's going to turn into in the future!