Spurwink Launches App for Teens and Adults on the Autism Spectrum

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“Hanging Out” is an app that features ways to make friends and social connections with others through narration and cool graphics.

Spurwink, a non-profit organization that provides educational and mental health services, is releasing a mobile application designed for teens and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s and other developmental delays. Called “Hanging Out,” this app is the first of a series that will help support adolescents and adults in social situations.

Teens and adults affected by Asperger’s, or who are on the autism spectrum, have a hard time picking up social cues or figuring out non-verbal communication among their peers. The “Hanging Out” App explains how to invite a friend out and provides suggestions on what to do when out with friends.

“The iPhone and other mobile devices open doors for those who have a difficult time in social situations,” explains Sonia Garcia, Ph.D, Director of Clinical Business Development, Spurwink Services. “Teens and adults can listen to strategies for making friends, or read tips about keeping safe while riding a bus or walking down the street.”

The “Hanging Out” app allows teens and adults to read, listen to, and review stories about interacting with other people. Helpful cues and reminders guide users through social situations and everyday tasks that can sometimes cause anxiety, frustration, feelings of being left out, or disappointment. Future apps will include topics that reinforce social skills and focus on scenarios about every day communication with friends, personal hygiene, and completing tasks at home or at school.

Pricing and Availability
“Hanging out” is $4.99 for the iPhone and is available worldwide exclusively from the iTunes App Store in the Education section.

About Spurwink
Spurwink Services is a nationally accredited non-profit organization providing behavioral health, educational and residential services for children, adolescents, adults and families. With a commitment to quality services and the recruitment of caring, compassionate professionals, Spurwink has gained a reputation for excellence in evidence-based treatment and service delivery throughout New England, Canada and beyond. For additional information, visit http://www.spurwink.org.

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