"The ‘Walk with me’ app series is a range of simple personal guides for an autistic person to carry with them as a visual step by step guide on a range of social journeys. These apps will instill confidence in the user and enable them to lead a more independent and self sufficient life.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Visual Prompts Board offers to enhance communication abilities for individuals with limited speech communication skills. The application empowers the individuals with Autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Apraxia of speech, communication delays or learning differences with opportunity to become independent and able to express their own specific needs and wants.
The Visual Prompts Board can be used as Choice Board, Social Story Aid, Picture Schedules and even as an Augmentative and Alternative Communication means.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Family Network Radio welcomes Gary James founder of A4CWSN 06/22 by Family Network Radio TV | Blog Talk Radio
If you haven't heard the name "Gary James" it's just a matter of time before you do. He is the founder of A4CWSN - Apps 4 Children With Special Needs
Call in LIVE on the show 424-220-1804. Call lines will open after the first commercial break so call in early, listen to the show on your phone.. and be the first in line!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
With more and more families affected by autism, a new foundation is in the process of forming in Gwinnett County. All in For Autism (AFA), currently in the process of going through the necessary start-up paperwork, is kicking off the new organization with a Family Day and Live Music Concert at Wild Bill's in Duluth Sunday. This inaugural event is to raise funds for a specific purpose.
“The charity is currently trying to raise $12,000 for 12 iPads, said Michelle Couch of Blitz Communications, one of the main presenting sponsors of the event. “Long-term goals for the organization include continuous fundraising projects for children with autism, creating awareness about the specific needs of children with autism and educating the public on what they can do to help.”
Apple's U.S. Retail Stores feature Brain Parade's See.Touch.Learn. app
Apple(R) Stores in the U.S. are now featuring Brain Parade's See.Touch.Learn.(TM) application for children with autism and special needs on its iPads. The program is among just eight educational apps chosen by Apple for its in-store iPad offerings, and combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the tablet devices.Related:
"We knew this program was a game changer in bettering the lives of autistic and special needs children, and Apple's decision to feature it on their in-store products is a testament to that," says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade's founder. "Knowing the high premium Apple puts on design, usability and quality, we take great pride in the fact that they have chosen See.Touch.Learn. to be part of their retail stores.
See.Touch.Learn. - Brain Parade
"The application has been downloaded more than 55,000 times since it was launched in March. We're receiving some terrific feedback on how we're helping families and educators see measurable improvements in children's development," McClafferty adds.
Apple ended the March quarter with 323 stores and greeted one billion retail visitors, according to published reports. In addition to the U.S., Apple has stores around the world in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Japan. A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that more people now visit Apple's retail stores in a single quarter than the 60 million who visited Walt Disney Co.'s four biggest theme parks last year, according to data from Apple and the Themed Entertainment Association. McClafferty says "Brain Parade is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce See.Touch.Learn. to those visitors."
Brain Parade's See.Touch.Learn. program improves upon traditional picture cards by building a powerful and intuitive user interface on the world's leading tablet device. Parents and learning professionals can choose from professionally-designed exercises and lessons or they can create their own. The app automatically tracks a student's performance. See.Touch.Learn.'s "Getting Started" screens walk a user through the various functions of the program, and instructors can customize the audio responses and record voice prompts to instruct the child in each exercise.
The application has been the #1 Free iPad education program in Australia and New Zealand, has reached the Number 4 position in the United States and has appeared in the top ten lists in more than 15 countries. The app enjoys a user rating of 4.6 stars out of a possible 5 stars in Apple's iTunes(R).
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 10.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
See.Touch.Learn. can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes online store. Additional image libraries are available for purchase beginning at just $0.99 - a fraction of the cost of traditional picture cards. Brain Parade also donates one dollar for each copy of its specially designed "Light it up Blue" library to Autism Speaks, the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization.
Brain Parade builds innovative, mobile, technology solutions that improve the learning experience for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim McClafferty, a veteran technology executive and consultant, founded Brain Parade in 2010 with the goal of developing educational tools that capitalize on the power of the iPad platform to transform the ways in which students with autism and special needs learn. Copyright (C) 2011 Brain Parade, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
See.Touch.Learn. - Brain Parade
See.Touch.Learn Autism App
Monday, June 20, 2011
Texas Groups Aim to Combine Children's Books, Technology - Associated Content from Yahoo! - associatedcontent.com
Two Texas organizations, the nonprofit technology company nonPareil Institute and the interactive children's book publisher InteractBooks LLC, are sharing resources and expertise to develop state-of-the-arthigh-quality children's books for iPad and iPhone applications. The partnership will create additional employment opportunities for nonPareil's students who have been diagnosed with autism and have the unique ability of designing animation, layout and sound for apps and computer games.
Friday, June 10, 2011
New Apps Support Teachers in the Classroom and Parents in the Home
Teacher applications for Special Educators for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices. Parent applications for the home.
Mobile devices are increasing in usage in the field of education. With the steady increase of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch and Android devices, the demand for quality applications is increasing as well. Special Educators have been right there with the trend. Many applications, or apps, as they are often called, are developed to teach students information or to help students perform tasks easier. A resourceful Special Education website owner has put a spin on the student-centered app by creating two apps for the instruction of the Special Educators and one app for parents delivering home instruction.
The new “Classroom Set Up” app is a mini-book version of AutismClassroom.com’s book How to Set Up a Classroom for Students with Autism: a Manual for Teachers, Para-professionals and Administrators. It details the beginning steps in creating an effective and productive self-contained Special Education classroom or autism classroom. “The app is intended to give teachers, student teachers, parents, professors, para-educators and administrators a peek inside the book before they purchase it for their school system, for trainings, or for personal use,” said S.B. Linton, creator of the app. She suggests that the user “Just ask yourself these questions, Do I teach in a self-contained classroom? Do I have students with special needs in my room? Do I need to set up a classroom for students with intensive needs?” If the answer is yes to any, then this app is for you. The app gives excerpts from various chapters in the book, step by step instructions about creating a class, updates from the AutismClassroom.com website, and mini-trainings with videos (videos unavailable on Android devices) and podcasts on managing the classroom, sensory issues, conducting lessons, and more.
Linton’s first app, AutismClassroom, is also for educators and families who have children with autism in their lives. The AutismClassroom app is intended to provide a wealth of easy to understand information that allows teachers, para-professionals, administrators, related service providers, parents, family members, babysitters, and in-home support providers, quick access to ideas for sparking meaningful lessons and activities which foster joint attention, fine motor, social skills, communication and more in young children with autism. The app has behavior tabs to help users to critically think about their current behavior interventions, while highlighting over 100 strategies and solutions for some common challenging behaviors for children and teens with autism. Additionally, the app includes a brief Autism Classroom Checklist to give administrators, teachers and parents a starting point to evaluate a classroom that educates students with autism.
Linton’s third app, Autism at Home, provides ideas for creating learning spaces in the home for young children with developmental disabilities and autism. This app highlights parts of AutismClassroom.com’s book “How to Set up a Work Area at Home for a Child with Autism” as well as some pages from the AutismClassroom.com website and the AutismSpaces.com website. The information is for parents, family members, in-home support providers, babysitters and educators. It boasts environmental modification ideas for various parts of the home to bring out language, social skills and play skills.
The three of these groundbreaking application tools provide information that is practical in nature and that assists adults in creating environments that increase positive outcomes for children with autism and related special needs.
Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. We are continuing the excitement in June with a long list of apps to fill your iPhones and iPads. This week we have some incredible storybooks, number games, and word activities. Remember, July will be very quiet (Family Time at Moms With Apps) - so gear up now while the downloads are plentiful!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Autism at Home provides ideas for creating learning spaces in the home for young children with developmental disabilities and autism. This app highlights some parts of the book "How to Set up a Work Area at Home for a Child with Autism" as well as some pages from the AutismClassroom.com website and the AutismSpaces.com website. The information is for parents, family members, in-home support providers, babysitters and teachers.
Highlights of the app include:
--Ideas for creating a learning space in the home for young children with developmental disabilities and autism
--Highlights from the book "How to Set Up a Work Area at Home for a Child with Autism"
--Ideas for teachers and service providers to offer families support
--Environmental modification ideas from AutismSpaces.com to promote learning in various spaces in the home
--Practical information for parents, family members, in-home support providers, babysitters & teachers
Buy it today, then tell a friend, family member or co-worker!
Other Apps by AutismClassroom.com
"AutismClassroom"- Lessons and behavior strategies.
"Classroom Set Up"- Detailed instructions on setting up self-contained special education classroom or an autism classroom.
Worlds Largest App Party for Children with Special Needs June 11th 2011
Apps for children with Special Needs, a4cwsn.com will be hosting the worlds largest Party to benefit Children with Special Needs, this will include giving away over 2500 Apps and also 10 iPads to those families and children so that they may benefit from these amazing Apps and iPads and for all the parents who may otherwise not be able to afford such things for their Children with Special Needs due to the extremely high cost of therapy and treatment.
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Apps for children with Special Needs (a4cwsn.com) will be hosting what is believed to be the world's largest App Party, giving away thousands of IOS Apps of specific benefit to the parents of children with Special Needs. This will take place on June 11th 2011 at 9am EST on A4cwsn's Facebook Page
The App Party is hosted by Gary James of A4CWSN.com, a site dedicated to producing videos of Apps in Action for the benefit of the special needs community, and builds on a successful pilot of the concept, which is thought to be unique, held in April of this year.
Well over 100 of the very best developers currently involved in producing Apps for children with special needs are featured, who have donated for free the thousands of Apps, which are to be given away. Gary James, the owner of a4cwsn.com says "Some of the best known App Publishers in the world have come on board with this unique project, including Oceanhouse Media, MobileEducation Store, Ruckus Media, AbelNet, Silver Kite, Grembe Apps, Legend, iDevBooks, Fishdog, Brain Parade, Kiboomu, Jungle Education, Binary Labs, Gary Brown’s Autism Apps, Thumb Arcade, Nosy Crow, Grace and over 100 more. A full list of Developers taking part can be found on the web-site .We know from the success of our first trial how popular this event is going to be - it will be massive"
James continued, "The App giveaway takes the form of a game in which all participants compete for the correct codes that will unlock their access to the free App, which they can then download from iTunes for free.
As well as giving away what is expected to be in excess of 2500 codes for
Apps on the iPad, iPhone and iTouch James will also be giving away a number of iPad 2's to parents of children with Special Needs on the day to eligible families. James said "This is part of our iPads4U campaign to help those who would otherwise find this technology unaffordable. There can be no doubt at all that touch tablet technology is opening up a new world of interactive communication for children with special needs, and we can't wait to spread the word, but our campaign relies entirely on generous donations from sponsors and philanthropists and we have a long waiting list so any additional support we get would be great"
In addition to the App Giveaway, the event will also give away a range of other prizes, including iPad covers, app bundles, gift cards, and a range of accessories donated by sponsors.
Parents of children with special needs who would like to takepart in the App Party should go herefor joining and participation instructions. Sponsors wishing to donate to the iPads4U campaign should contact Gary James at (Gary(at)a4cwsn(dot)com)
Note to publishers
a4cwsn.com is a site dedicated to producing videos of Apps In Action for the special needs community, in order that parents, carers and educators can see whether the app is suitable for their needs before they buy.
A4cwsn.com was founded and is operated by Gary James, tel: 203-305-3829
The first App Party took place on May 5th, 2011 when (around 300 Apps for children with special needs were given away over a 2 hour period. Over
600,000 post reads received on the site, from all over the World, particularly USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland and Australia.
The iPads 4 u campaign aims to give away iPads to underprivileged families who have a child with special needs who could otherwise not afford an iPad.
Further details are available on the a4cwsn.com website.
Contact Information Gary James
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Developer: Steven Romej
Category: Math and Numbers Apps
Money Game for Kids – Teaches The Value Of Money, Literally
Make Change is an iPad app than can help children with autism learn the base values of different coins and assist them with simple addition. Money and kids can live in harmony with this fun app!
When the app is first opened, there are four coins shown at the top of the screen – a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter. These coins are all facing upwards, but will flip over and show their tail-side if tapped. In the bottom right half of the screen, an amount is displayed in this cool money game for kids.More at http://www.autismpluggedin.com/2011/05/makechange-ipad-app-money-and-kids-with-autism.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=makechange-ipad-app-money-and-kids-with-autism