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AutisMate for iPad aims to improve communication in kids with autism

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AutisMate for iPad aims to improve communication in kids with autism
When Jonathan Izak turned to the App Store to try and find a way to use the iPad to improve communication with his 10-year old autistic brother Oriel, he found that the apps available “required too much navigation for those with the language and generalization issues often associated with autism.” In doing additional research, Jonathan found that parents and therapists often felt that the communication apps currently available were “very limiting, over priced, and not user friendly.”

Jonathan set out to improve the offerings by creating AutisMate. The app fosters communication by showing large, interactive environment images that can include videos symbols, and social stories.

AutisMate for iPad aims to improve communication in kids with autism
For example, on Oriel's iPad, if he touches the sink, it shows him a video on how to wash his hands, and if he touches the refrigerator, it will display pictures of foods so that he can choose what he would like to eat.

The app comes preloaded with 12,000 symbols, but also allows parents and teachers to add their own pictures, videos, and custom voice recordings. AutisMate plans on adding in-scene task analysis, visual schedules with rewards and incentives, and in-app text to speech keyboard in future releases.

The current version of AutisMate by SpecialNeedsWare is available in the App Store and retails for $49.99.

source: AutisMate via Mashable

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posted on 16 Apr 2012, 13:38

1. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

very informative Charlene...

i wonder what negativity can be added to this in the comment section......???

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 14:30

2. fervid (Posts: 183; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Being anti-Apple I haven't really looked at much pricing there, but It starts out saying one of the reasons for not liking other apps was that they are high priced. $50 to me still seems a little high for iPad/iPhone apps. It is good to make an app for this...especially being involved with it to know what is needed and make it work best. Being a developer myself though as well as working with special needs I'd make something like this under $5 or Free. Parents of a Special Needs child have enough to worry about and pay for. I'd most likely make it on Android too using rugged tablets and phones that will take a beating. iPads are not durable enough for applications like that.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 14:33

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I have a child who is autistic...maybe I can get him to alternate between HALO and this app...lol

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:06

4. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)

I'm not sure what's involved financially in developing an app like this, would be better if it was cheaper but, hey, it's a fantastic app!

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 18:09

5. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

wow.I want to hack it to work with siri.
and let her turn on the sink,open the fridge.

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