Los Angeles (PRWEB) April 02, 2014
Camp Discovery, the evidence-based learning app for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), today released its new educational game, Community Helpers. The app, developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), now includes a game to teach children about different helpers that they are likely to encounter in the community. These include teachers, doctors, police officers and fire fighters to name a few. Players are taught to identify various community helpers by their title, what they do and where they are found. Camp Discovery is available at no cost for iPad and Android devices.
Camp Discovery’s new Community Helpers game helps children cultivate valuable safety skills and increases their familiarity with the community, while expanding their vocabulary. In cases of emergency, children with ASD have been known to retreat from first responders, putting them at risk when they are most vulnerable. The new game will familiarize children with first responders and other helpers available in the community.
“While we often teach children to avoid strangers, it is important to teach children about the people available to assist them in the community,” said Dennis Dixon, Ph.D., chief strategy officer at CARD.
In addition to the Community Helpers game, Camp Discovery released a Colors game to help children with ASD gain increased familiarity with a broad array of colors. Camp Discovery’s new learning games are available now on the App Store, and are coming soon to Google Play. The newly released games are just the beginning of the large suite of learning games that Camp Discovery is developing, based on CARD’s unparalleled comprehensive curriculum. Camp Discovery will release one new learning game each week and has more than 50 games in development. Upcoming games include Letters, Numbers, Locations, Body Parts and Emotions.
Camp Discovery’s mission is to maximize learning opportunities for children with ASD and to increase access to treatment resources through technology. Camp Discovery is designed by experts in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), and all of the learning games incorporate evidence-based teaching principles. The app’s prompting and reinforcement procedures maximize successful responses and keep the player engaged. Camp Discovery offers a number of unique features, including preference assessments to individualize rewards, fun mini games to motivate learning, easy-to-read graphs to track progress, and parent controls to individualize the player’s learning experience.
About Camp Discovery
Developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Camp Discovery houses a growing suite of games designed to teach skills to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Camp Discovery was designed by experts and incorporates evidence-based teaching procedures to create fun learning opportunities for children with ASD. For more information, visit http://campdiscoveryforautism.com/.
About Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
CARD treats individuals of all ages who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at its 26 treatment centers around the globe. CARD was founded in 1990 by leading autism expert and clinical psychologist Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D. CARD treats individuals with ASD using the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is empirically proven to be the most effective method for treating individuals with ASD and is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Surgeon General. CARD employs a dedicated team of over 1,500 individuals across the nation and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com.