Children need to see and hear repeated, overlapping visual and auditory information to understand and learn that there are consequences for their behavioral choices and actions.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012
LTD's newest app, Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequences, an educational speech therapy app for children with Autism, provides engaging and entertaining visual examples of the consequences of the choices children make. Ultimately, the app, Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequences, is designed to help children make better choices.
This application was designed particularly for children with a diagnosis of autism, although it will also be useful to teach cause and effect and consequences for all children. Listen.Talk.Draw is an app developer focused on creating fun, engaging, and educational apps for children on the Autism spectrum.
For a child to understand the concept of consequences, they first need to understand the concept of time. Mary Fitz, Speech Therapist & CEO of Listen.Talk.Draw, says, "Young children, and children with a language disorder have difficulty in understanding that what they do right now, will have an effect on their later outcomes. These are cause and effect concepts that involve the passage of time."
Time is a concept that develops later in children. Concepts such as wait, tomorrow, and later are not easy for young children and especially children with language disorders to understand. Children with a language disorder will develop this concept later than their normally developing peers. Another concept that involves time is being able to predict the future. As a result, a young child cannot understand that their behavior now will affect what happens later on. That requires the ability to understand the concept of time and also to be able to look at the event from another person’s point of view.
Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequences takes typical childhood events such as playing with a friend, and through the context of a story, gives the child the opportunity to make choices. The story continues based on the choices made and ends with the consequence of those choices. Mary adds, "Children need to see and hear repeated, overlapping visual and auditory information to understand and learn that there are consequences for their behavioral choices and actions." Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequences builds that visual story over time for the child.
Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequences engages children by showing consequences built into simple stories. Each child becomes engaged by making choices from the first page of the story. The option of saying I am sorry is built into the app so that the child can learn how apologizing can make things better. Further stimulation is built into the app with green smiley faces or red sad faces giving off visual cues for making the right choices. Included quizzes further enable parents and educators to gauge how well the child is getting the concept of time, actions, and consequences.
To learn more about Tell A Story With Tommy: Consequence visit http://listentalkdraw.com/store/our-apps/consequences-app/
Listen.Talk.Draw creates apps primarily for children with a diagnosis of autism, children with a diagnosis of receptive and/or expressive language disorder and young children. The driving force behind Listen.Talk.Draw is to help families understand the importance of communication in their child's development and success in school. Mary Fitz is a speech therapist with 35 years experience working with language disorders, learning disabilities and children with a diagnosis of autism.