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Apple’s ResearchKit is branching into autism research

October 12, 2015 3:00 pm Published by

ResearchKit is an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. Most research is limited to who can be recruited based on geographic locations. By expanding clinical trials to a mobile device, researchers can reach a more diverse population of participants and expand the scope of their studies.

 

Researchers at Duke University have developed a free IOS app called, Autism & Beyond app to learn more about autism in young children living around the world. According to its iTunes description, “Autism & Beyond is a groundbreaking new study of childhood mental health powered by Apple’s ResearchKit. The study aims to test new video technology that can analyze a child’s emotion and behavior. We hope that this technology may one day be used to screen young children in their homes for autism and mental health challenges, such as anxiety or tantrums. We want parents to have tools that will help them understand their children and find help if they need it.”

 

The Autism & Beyond app is a six-month study, with tests administered at the beginning, three months and six months. Each test takes about 20 minutes to complete. After a guided set of screens that inform users of the purpose of the research and ask their consent to participate and share their data, the app combines questionnaires and short videos to gather information about a child.

 

Researchers are able to map a child’s reaction to approved stimuli to determine their reaction, which can be linked to possible signs of autism. The idea is that they can amass thousands of these reactions as well as potential autism diagnoses to create an app that can assist in recognizing the disorder, which would be particularly valuable in areas with few child psychologists who specialize in autism.

 

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Dr. Kristen DuMoulin has been a devoted professional to the field of special education and individuals with autism since 1995. She joined Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) in 2002 and is currently the Director of Children’s Clinical Services, where she is responsible for managing the clinical and administrative aspects of the Early Intervention (EI), Special Education Itinerant Teachers (SEIT), Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) as well as the CPSE and OPWDD evaluation programs. She is a permanently certified New York State Special Education Teacher and School Administrator.

Battling the winter blues? How visual supports can help!

February 16, 2015 3:00 pm Published by

It’s the dead of winter and for those of you living in the Northeast in particular, it’s been one winter! During these long, cold days it’s a good idea to have a snow day plan for you and your child with special needs. Consider the use of schedules and visual supports to help both YOU and your child when inclement weather keeps you indoors.  A basic schedule would include some of the things that need to get done paired with things you know your child would like to do. Set up your schedule so the fun activity follows the “chore”.  For example “First we brush our teeth”, then we “_______” (fill in fun activity here).  If your child reads he/she or you can write this out. If your child is better with pictures, it can look like this.  The picture of the activity can be drawn, copied, pasted etc in the corresponding box.

First

First

Then

then

 

If you have an older child or a child that can manage a longer list, try a checklist. You can add a sticker, smiley face etc once each task is completed.   Here is an example.

 

snowday

 

In November, QSAC released a free ibook specifically designed to support families.  In this engaging, interactive ibook, Chapter 3 is dedicated to helping families manage home life specifically through the use of visual supports.  There are many examples of visuals in the chapter,  as well as apps and websites to help you organize the worst of snow days.  If you have an Apple computer or Ipad click to download for free https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridging-the-gap/id936759477?ls=1&mt=11

 

Don’t have an Ipad?  No worries.  Check out another great website with FREE printable resources such as calendars, sticker and job charts is http://www.kidpointz.com/printable-charts/

 

Take a deep breath…. winter can’t last forever.  In the meantime use these free resources to help get you through those snow days.  Chances are you will keep them in place because they really do help.

 

 

 

New Resource for Parents of Children with Autism

December 11, 2014 5:11 pm Published by

Receiving a diagnosis of Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life altering event; a family’s hopes, dreams and aspirations for their child come crashing to a halt with those few words. Working in a preschool program we see families in varying states of understanding, acceptance and yes denial of this difficult news. This spring, QSAC received an anonymous grant to create a resource for just those families.

unnamedThrough this grant I had to the opportunity to work with Melissa Peltz to create a multi-touch, interactive ebook, published on the iBooks Store.  This ebook incorporates curated apps, videos, and interactive content that highlights topics families told us were important. These resources are meant to provide support for families who might be waiting to receive services or to supplement existing services.

 

Throughout the book, practical tips and solutions are provided in family-friendly language and cover topics including: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), assessment and intervention (important before beginning any teaching program), home routines, socialization, functional communication, pre-academic/academic skills, and managing problem behaviors.

 The book was launched in November and is free on the iBooks Store. We hope that you take a look, find utility in it and share it.

You can find it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bridging-the-gap/id936759477?ls=1&mt=11.

QSAC Releases New Multi-Touch Book for Parents and Teachers Supporting Children with Autism

November 21, 2014 7:32 pm Published by
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QSAC (Quality Services for the Autism Community), a 38-year old New York City-based nonprofit serving children and adults with autism, has released its first book for iPad for supporting parents of children with autism. Bridging the Gap: A Curriculum for Supporting your Young Learner with Autism (http://bit.ly/qsacbook), is currently available as a Multi-Touch Book on the iBooks Store. The book is free on the iBooks Store. Bridging the Gap provides parents with a resource for supporting their preschooler/toddler with autism. Gina Feliciano, Ph.D., BCBA-D, SAS, Director of QSAC’s Preschool, and Melissa Peltz, M.S.Ed, authored the book.

In addition to background information regarding autism, parents of preschoolers and toddlers will find interactive features including helpful videos and featured iOS apps that will help them support their children in improving skills in key domains including: Communication, socialization, academic skills among others. Parents can also test their knowledge regarding autism at the end of each chapter with a brief interactive quiz. The book will also be of interest to educators, behavior analysts, pediatricians, and others who work with and support children with autism.

CoverFinalDr. Feliciano and Ms. Peltz carefully vetted the inclusion of a number of apps, some are free and others require a purchase through the App Store, which will help parents to provide their children with engaging and educational tools. Featured apps include Toby PlayPad, Proloquo2Go, Autism Apps, ABA Flash Cards, Behavior Tracker Pro, and many others. Each app is featured alongside supporting material that has been written by Dr. Feliciano and Ms. Peltz regarding which skill areas the app supports.

“This new Multi-Touch Book is a testament to QSAC’s commitment to the families we serve and to the greater community. Dr. Feliciano, Ms. Peltz, and the creative team behind the book, have created an engaging resource that we’re confident parents, teachers, and others who work with children with autism will find to be helpful. Whether confronting a recent autism diagnosis or seeking a resource for helping their child build critical skills,Bridging the Gap will be a valuable tool for parents,” said Gary Maffei, M.P.A., QSAC’s executive director.

The Multi-Touch Book can be downloaded on the iBooks Store by visiting http://bit.ly/qsacbook.

About the Authors

Gina Feliciano is the Director of the Preschool at QSAC and has been in the position since 2012. Gina is responsible for the overall operation of the preschool. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral level) as well as a certified New York State Special Education Teacher and School Administrator. Gina received her Doctorate (Ph.D.) from Columbia University in Special Education and Behavior Disorders in 2006. Her previous professional experience includes being appointed as Director of Clinical Services, Director of ABA Services, and years training staff and education professionals as a Behavioral Consultant. Gina has held academic positions as an adjunct professor at Hunter College, Pace University, and Queens College teaching courses on behavior management, classroom management and education psychology.

Melissa Peltz has been working with children since 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Queens College in Elementary Education and Sociology and her master’s degree at Queens College in Early Childhood Special Education specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Since 2011, she has taught a diverse group of children, including those with disabilities in various public, private, and special educational environments. She is also a member of a team that was instrumental in reforming a school supporting children with autism in Beijing, China and is currently in the process of publishing a book on evidence-based practices to be used at the school.

Some considerations when working on improving communication deficit

November 18, 2013 2:21 pm Published by

Children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts as one of the symptoms. This impairment is usually manifested in lack of social-emotional reciprocity, poor integration of verbal and nonverbal communication and difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts. Delays in communication usually vary in severity ranging from monotone speech about preferred topic to a total absence of verbal communication. Often individuals with ASD do not effectively perform the single most important task of communication and language, and that is expressing their wants and needs (i.e. making requests, exhibiting mands) and, as a result, they have very little control over what happens to them in their daily lives.

Further, multiple researches has shown that communication impairment is correlated with an increased risk of challenging behavior and reduced opportunities for community involvement and therefore it is understandable why a huge amount of intervention research has focused on developing successful procedures for improving communication skills of individuals with ASD.

 In most cases, the traditional developmental model of language represents the basis for teaching communication and language skills, however in this model, the primary unit of communication and language is the word and words, signs, pictures, or symbols are taught without much regard to the circumstances present during instruction. For example, some expressive language is taught as “labels” (“car”, “table”, “spoon”), some as “answers to questions or responses to statements” (“more”, “fine”, “please”, “hello, my name is___ “) and some as “generalized requests” (“eat”, “drink”, and “break”). For children and adults with ASD, the words, signs, or pictures they learn in one circumstance, don’t tend to occur in other circumstances without additional instruction. In many cases, this result in little to no expressive language or communication responses that are useful or important to the person, in other words, the person does not learn how to make specific requests (i.e. “no mands”).

Very often, this also results in problem behaviors. Individuals begin to communicate by screaming, dropping to the floor, hitting, spitting, kicking, biting, etc. and, if these behaviors result in what the individual wants, even intermittently, these same behaviors function as either specific or generalized requests (“problem mands”) and tend to occur again and again…Then, usually a clinician is asked to conduct a functional assessment in order to develop a plan to reduce the frequency of the problem behaviors and replace these behaviors with more appropriate alternatives. Often, these “replacement” behaviors are either a limited array of receptive skills (following directions or completing assigned tasks) or “generalized requests” for attention, escape, or access to categories of preferred items and activities (i.e. eat, drink, play, more, please, etc.)

When the only “replacement” behaviors are receptive skills, we are teaching poor speakers to be better listeners and when the “replacement” behaviors are generalized requests, we are teaching poor speakers to be non-specific speakers.

Neither is adequate…

Ideal practice should include teaching individuals to make specific requests (SPECIFIC MANDS) and expanded array of receptive skills (following directions, completing assigned tasks, waiting, sharing, and accepting no) (GENERALIZED COMPLIANCE).

In other words we should be teaching poor speakers to be effective, specific speakers who have more control over what happens in their daily lives while also teaching them to be good listeners in a wide variety of commonly occurring situations. Under these circumstances we could expect to see that when individuals have more control and power over what happens in their daily lives they tend to exhibit far lower rate of problem behavior.

Nevena Savic, MA

 

Autism App Spotlight: AutisMate

July 30, 2012 1:42 pm Published by

I was recently contacted by the co-founder of SpecialNeedsWare about his new iPad application, AutisMate. AutisMate is the first scene-based communication and behavioral therapy tool of its kind. The app uses a unique approach of presenting fully customizable scenes using audio, video and images that are more relatable and come from the child’s every day environment. Check out the youtube video for more information on AutisMate’s many features! As part of their launch promotion, he provided me with a free copy of the app to test. We will be testing it in the early childhood programs this month. If families also think it might be a good fit for your children, he is willing to come in and give us a more formal demonstration of the app.

“Pick One!” A Brief Probe of iPad App Preferences

July 16, 2012 6:00 pm Published by

It was time for us to assess some of the many questions being asked about the implementation of iPads in the classroom starting with a basic question. Out of all the Apps that we have, which ones are selected most frequently by students and staff during classroom use? I generally write about technology, not just to be trendy, but because it becomes a great part of some of the clinical conversations. Some relevant questions raised are, What is the functionality of these devices? Which apps are worthwhile, or do iPads in general cause more problem behavior for our children. All of these questions loom. But the basic outcome which is agreed upon is that we are glad we have them, and we need to work hard towards finding their use for our kids. Perhaps just like the intoduction of any other past electronics. They never replace the core of our instruction mearly, they help to provide motivation and increase student attending in some way.

But to start it all off, which applications, regardless of the platform, do children prefer over others? We hand our iPads in the mornings, and again in the afternoon, so students have the opportunity to use them at different times during the day. The school is starting to work towards how to address specific questions regarding academic implemenation, generalization and it’s use as a communication device. Current research in this area is still brand new too, we we’d like to answer the questions, “Which Apps could my child be using ?”

“Use” is quite a subjective term, as we can observe some students who “use” the iPads for fun and games, and “use” for functional academics, or recieve it as a reinforcer during Discrete Trial Teaching (like in our group lessons or activities). We have also observed the “use” of the iPad for stereotypic behavior (Re-arranging Apps, scrolling thru photos, opening and closing Apps repetitively, not “using” it appropriately)

So I guess all we can do right now is look at what the children are gravitating towards to assess preferences.

A list was created of the applications used on the Day School’s iPads. A probe was conducted on each individual App synced on the iPads to determine which were being opened most often in the classrooms. By double tapping the home button, you can see a list of Apps which were open during a specific time period. Prior to giving out the iPads to classrooms, this section was cleared, and upon returned checked to see which apps were used during that time. This was tirelessly repeated for 3 days. Data was collected on the number of times each App was opened across all 15 first generation iPads. During the probe we had to discounted some selections because it was observed that some children may erroneously tap on certain Apps, although these were included in the probe, any App opened less-than 3 times was considered insignificant, thus non-preferred. This is considered a type of free operant preference assessment which showed us some useful information. Use, right now leans towards strong motivation for academic programming and leisure skills (watching videos, or playing games), and an indication of preference level for certain application outside the realm of instruction. Later questions may lead us to assess implementing Low-preferred Apps with Hi-preferred Apps and games.

Although the list below indicates the most popular in the school right now, it’s a glimpse into what they are being used for and next steps for assessment. It’s also one of many probes we will be conducting to assess the level of preference for the Apps which we are using!

Many of the apps listed below can be found using “Autism Apps.” This can be downloaded using ITUNES: Specifically stated this app was created as a resource for families and anyone who is looking for hard to find apps for children with special needs. It’s an extensive list of which applications are being used for iPadand Apple products. This application will direct families/clinicians towards appropriate apps for their children with special needs separated across 30 categories.

Highest Preferred Selections of the Brief Probe and Brief Descriptions:

Mobicip Internet Browsing App-This app allows safe secure internet browsing and will block out any inappropriate videos or content on YouTube or web pages automatically. Many of our students use this to access YouTube or their favorite websites. Setting preferences is easy on Mobicip.com. Mobicip replaces Safari and YouTube apps, and they must be turned off to use Mobicip. YouTube and internet browsing is highly motivating, but also many videos and pages display inappropriate content even if a child is not trying to look for it. This is the only easy-to-use filter tool out there right now. The cost of this app is worth the benefit.

http://www.mobicip.com/

I Heart Radio– Basic radio stations we’ve all heard of this, great for motivation for children who enjoy current and popular music.

Photos– Students enjoy scrolling thru photos which are pre-installed on the iPad. This can easily be done using ITUNES. Students can identify people places and things which you choose to pre-load.

MAPS– This was a more surprising selection, but further questioning of the teachers told us that students enjoy moving around the maps, looking at different areas and words, and it’s zoom and pan features.

Touch and Say (emotions): Even though right now it’s a simple app for teaching emotions I predict it will be more popular than Elmo. This series of applications from Interbot.com is the next generation of children’s toys which will eventually be everyone’s favorite holiday gift. Based on research from Center for Autism in Pittsburg, This series of applications will have an interactive interface that all children can use. It will come with a “stuff animal” animatronics dolls. http://www.interbots.com/blog/autism-Therapy/

Stack the States, Stack the Countries- Great Geography app. Fun, Interactive, a great hit.

ABC Tracer: Excellent for children who are starting out with basic handwriting. Allows the child to trace letters and associate them with words.

Angry Birds: Enough said, kids love this game.

ABA Flashcards Series/ABA Receptive ID: These flashcards are useful across many age ranges. Fun photos, audio feedback addresses multiple domain areas such as Actions, Foods, Shapes, Numbers, and many other areas.

Feel Electric- Helps Identify emotions, with an interactive interface!

Here is the list based in order of selection during the 3 day probe. I encourage you to research each application; many of them are free or inexpensive to purchase. We encourage you to explore, and investigate them and share them with your friends. If you find new ones, please share them with us too!!! Enjoy.

IPAD App
# of times selectioned
Mobicip-Internet Software/Youtube /Browsing
46
I Heart Radio
26
Stack the Countries
23
Photos-Looking at Installed Pictures
18
Maps
17
Touch and Say
14
Stack the States
13
ABC Tracer
11
Angry Birds HD FREE
11
Angry Birds RIO HD FREE
11
ABA Flashcards
9
Feel Electric
9
Angry Birds Lite
8
Mega Run
8
My Food-Nutrition Facts
8
Coloring
7
Garage Band
7
Proloquo2GO
7
Starfall ABC’s
7
Hand Drum
6
Sight Words Free
6
ASL Dictionary
5
BobbleWrite HD
5
DTT Colors
5
Yes/NO
5
ABA Receptive ID Fruits and Nuts
4
ABA Receptive ID- Science
4
Cat Game
4
Google Earth
4
Green Eggs and Ham
4
Numbers Free
4
Stories
4
VP Light
4
Xylophone
4
3 Pigs Light
3
ABA Flashcards-Actions
3
ABA Flashcards-Emotions
3
ABA Flashcards-Fruits
3
ABA Receptive ID Eat
3
ABC VILLE
3
ASL- American Sign Language
3
Colors Tool
3
DT Numbers Light
3
Farm Touch
3
Going Places
3
I WriteWords Lite  (IWW)
3
Jumbo Calculator
3
Moozart
3
My Sunny Day
3
Sounds
3
Spelling Bee-Free
3
STL Pro 2012
3
Tap To Talk
3
Whiteboard Lite
3

Autism App Spotlight: MyVoice

May 22, 2012 6:38 pm Published by
In response to the increasing popularity of mobile apps within the autism community, and as a followup to our recent posts on iOS and Android autism apps, we’ve decided to launch an Autism App Spotlight series. This series will focus on a variety of mobile apps that assist those living with autism in communicating and socializing.

The first in the series is an app called MyVoice, which launched one year ago and now has 13,000 users worldwide. The app provides an engaging interface that is easy to use for all ages with built-in scanning to support those with motor challenges. MyVoice also offers location-based vocabularies that present useful words and images based on the user’s physical whereabouts. The application’s Automatic Backup means that work on a user’s vocabulary is always safe and secure, even if a device is lost or broken

MyVoice costs $189 and is available for purchase in Apple’s App Store and the Google’s Play Store.

For more information, visit MyVoiceAAC.com.

Accessibility Out of the Box: iOS Apps for Children with Autism

March 21, 2012 7:53 pm Published by
Last month, the SOHO Apple Store hosted Accessibility Out of the Box: Apps for Autistic Children, a special presentation in which attendees learned about how Apple iOS products offer accessibility to those on the autism spectrum. Here is a list of some of the standout apps discussed at the presentation:
Autism Apps by Touch Autism
iPhone/iPodTouch/iPad (Free)
A simple but comprehensive directory of apps that are being used with and by people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome and other special needs. It also includes links to any available information that can be found for each app.
Question Builder
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($5.99)
Designed to help elementary aged children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
Conversation Builder
iPad ($9.99)
From the maker of Question Builder, ConversationBuilder is designed to help elementary aged children learn how to have multi-exchange conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings. The auditory pattern of conversation is presented in a visual format to help students recognize and master the flow of conversation. Students will learn when it is appropriate to introduce themselves, ask questions, make observations and change the subject of the conversation.  
Sentence Builder
iPad ($5.99)
Designed to help elementary aged children learn how to build grammatically correct sentences. Explicit attention is paid to the connector words that make up over 80% of the english language. Sentence Builder offers a rich and fun environment for improving the grammar of all children.
Story Builder
iPad ($7.99) 
Designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders.
YesNo
iPhone/iPod Touch ($1.99), iPad ($3.99)
Provides an easy to use, affordable way for a nonverbal young man with autism and motor planning issues to communicate with those around him. The application is straightforward. It has two, large, color-coordinated buttons…one for yes, and one for no. Press either, and you will hear a voice read your selection.
Photo Speak
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($2.99)
Transform any portrait photo into a moving 3D avatar that repeats your every word. You can make anyone come alive, just like the talking wall portraits in Harry Potter’s Hogwarts castle.
Speak It!
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($1.99)
A simple text-to-speech app. The app will read aloud any text that the user types onto the screen.
English Idioms Illustrated
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (Free)
Uses imagery to help the user understand figures of speech. More than 160 beautifully illustrated English idioms are explored, from “Achilles’ heel” to “Wrong side of bed”.
Calm Counter
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($2.99)
A visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($6.99)
Develop animated stories Mad Libs style. This fully animated app includes hilarious shake-and-play technology, customized voice integration, and other exciting interactive features.
Wild Friends by Photopedia
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad (Free)
A wild life reference guide that uses oversized images. This app also offers beautiful slideshows, wallpapers, interactive maps, and visual stories presenting new adventures.
Proloquo2Go
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($189.99)
Latin for “speak out loud”, Proloquo2Go provides symbol and text based intuitive development tools. Proloquo2Go is for anyone who cannot afford spending thousands of dollars on an AAC device and yet wants a solution that is just as good if not better.Includes 8,000 built in symbols, built in word prediction, and auto conjugation.
Pictello
iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad ($18.99)
A simple way to create talking photo albums and participate in visual storytelling. Each page in a Pictello Story can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, and a recorded sound or text-to-speech using high-quality voices.
Have  you used any of these apps? Let us know about your experiences in the comments!

Who needs an iPad? Alternatives to the iPad for your child with Autism

March 19, 2012 5:02 pm Published by
If you thought that the iPad is the only device available for your child with autism and you’re prepared to stand on line for hours for the new iPad 3, you may want to take a moment to consider some of the comparable Android tablets in the market. Whether the expense of dishing out 500+ dollars for the iPad hurts to even think about (Don’t forget to include all the accessories too!) or you’re just inherently against all Apple products, the latest Android tablets out today is much easier on the wallet and an excellent competitor to the iPad.

Main points you should know:
Android tablets operate on an open source platform, in other words, developers are able to change, modify, improve and create their own software, which means greater flexibility and more apps to choose from. However, although there are many Android apps available, some of the popular apps for children with special needs are currently only available for the iPad. For example, Proloquo2go, one of the leading communication apps out there, was developed for the IPhone, Itouch and IPad only and according to their website, they’re not intending to develop their app for the Android system in the near future. Nevertheless, as more and more affordable Android tablets surface, its popularity will continue to grow as will the demand for compatible apps. Below is a brief list of currently popular Android tablets and apps.

Android Tablets
(Below based on 16 gb)
1. The EEE PAD Asus Transformer was considered the best tablet on the market in 2011. Although a newer version has since come out, the original can be found for as low as $337.
2. The Kindle Fire has a smaller screen but can be purchased for approximately $200.
3. The Galaxy Tab is another popular tablet out on the market and can be found for as low as $329.
4. The Toshiba Thrive can be found for as low as $330.
Android Apps
1. Although Proloquo2go may not be available, a similar app to use for communication is JabTalk. This app is easy on the wallet compared to the nearly $200 price tag on the Proloquo2go app; in fact, it’s free! This app allows the user to directly download pictures off of Google Image Search or add your own images from your camera. You can directly record your own voice to match the icons or use their text to speech option and the navigation system is easy to use.
2. Type and Speak makes your tablet say whatever you type out loud
3. Alexicom AAC for Android may be similar in its design as the Proloquo2go. Communication pages can be saved and shared across devices as well.
4. First Then Visual Schedule (also available on the iPad) allows customizable activity schedules to help with daily tasks and/or routines.
5. DTT colors or DTT Shapes (also available on the iPad) teaches colors and shapes using Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
6. EasyKidTokens provides a virtual token board system to use on the go.
7. EasyKidTimer allows your child to visually see the passage of time.
8. Kids Connect the Dots can be used to teach number sequence while connecting the dots to reveal a picture.
9. 123 ABC’s Handwriting Fun will teach your child to trace letters and numbers.
10. IstoryBooks is a free read aloud app that publishes a new book every 2 weeks.
There are a large amount of apps available for the Android on Google Play, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can always create your own!
While there may be a great deal of benefits using an iPad with a child with autism, the iPad is not the only option available. If you are looking for something more affordable that your child can use, whether it be for communication or the many educational tools available, Android tablets may be a perfect alternative.

ABOUT US

QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.