Those on the Autism spectrum and the family and individuals that provide them care face a number of challenges, from communication and even emotional support.
Fortunately, there are a number of apps on the market that are designed for various needs. Here are six apps for autistic children and their families.
Ideal for children, this text-to-speech app utilizes photos to help those who are Autistic and non-verbal to communicate with others.
Nick is ten years old and was diagnosed with autism. His progress in speech has been extremely slow. Picture symbols, picture exchange communication techniques and photos were tried but did not work out for him, as Nick was not really interested. When Nick started using an iPad, he immediately understood how it worked and really wanted to use it.
Another text-to-speech app, Proloquo4Text allows users to type in the words they are trying to communicate and is available in 15 languages
Proloquo4Text is a text‑based communication app for iPad and iPhone that gives a voice to people who cannot speak. Features voices in 15 languages, word and sentence prediction, social media sharing, and more. Brought to You by AssistiveWare, voices from #AcapelaGroup
Think of this like the Yelp for families with autistic members, Autism Village helps users find Autism-friendly places in their neighborhood rated by other families with autistic members, from restaurants to parks and even doctors and dentists.
Introduction to Autism Village's development of an app for the autism community to find and rate AutismFriendly business and services.
Like Autism Village, MyAutismTeam is a social network where parents and other loved ones who care for someone who is autistic can share autism-friendly places and also receive support from others who know of the challenges of caring for someone on the autism spectrum.
MyAutismTeam is the social network for parents of children with autism. Here you can share daily experiences & questions, and find recommendations of local autism specialists (from doctors and OTs, to barbers and dentists). Join now. http://www.myautismteam.com
Occasionally, those on the Autism spectrum become frustrated and overwhelmed with various situations, and apps like Miracle Modus, which produces an ary of colorful imagery and sounds bring a someone on the spectrum down from a tantrum or a meltdown.
Okay, got some screen-cap software and ran on the simulator. This gives you a much better idea of what the colors really look like. Aspect ratio's slightly off; the display it's running on is 1024x768, but my captured video is 1028x771. So the pixels will be something like .001% squarer on real hardware.
Social Skill Builder
Recognizing emotions can be a challenge for autistic children, but Social Skill Builder shows videos of different situations that help those on the spectrum to correlate certain emotions for certain situations.
This video is a sample of Social Skill Builder's newest app target social and life skills using research validated video modeling. Visit www.socialskillbuilder.com for more information
Erica Banas is the aunt to an 8-year-old non-verbal boy on the Autism spectrum.