This for That App Series Utilizes Technology to Revolutionize Behavioral Therapy for Children with Autism

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, This for That apps are free to download on the App Store through April.

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'The more technology-based solutions available, the more time therapists, special education teachers, and parents have to focus on what is most important–the child,' says CJ Miyake, M.Ed, Creative Director of PixelAtion Labs.

PixelAtion Labs has released This for That, a series of behavioral therapy tools developed to assist children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In honor of Autism Awareness Month, through April, This for That apps will be free to download on the App Store and only $.99 on Google Play. Designed by experts in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), This for That apps simplify elements of behavioral therapy for children with ASD. Behavioral therapy requires considerable preparation and organization of materials before treatment can even begin. This for That apps virtualize commonly used tools that behavioral therapists spend hours constructing by hand. While these apps were designed for use in therapy, they can easily be incorporated into a child’s home and school routines to support task completion skills.

“The more technology-based solutions available, the more time therapists, special education teachers, and parents have to focus on what is most important–the child,” says CJ Miyake, M.Ed, Creative Director of PixelAtion Labs and former behavioral therapist.

Not only do these apps save valuable time, children with ASD may be more motivated to work with these tools because they are on mobile devices. Children with ASD generally have a strong affinity for technology, making mobile devices and tablets increasingly useful tools for essential skill development.

Tested by behavioral therapists, each app skillfully integrates elements of reinforcement to help each child succeed. This for That tools include:
1. This for That: Visual Schedules, a tool that breaks tasks down into easy-to-follow steps to help children complete daily living skills successfully, now available on the App Store and Google Play
2. This for That: Visual Timer, a tool used to help ease transitions between activities and motivate children to stay focused on tasks for specified lengths of time, now available on the App Store and Google Play
3. This for That: Token Store, a tool for managing a token economy and store of rewards to reinforce good behavior and teach important concepts like earning and saving, now available on the App Store and Google Play
4. This for That: Token Board, a tool that lets children see their progress toward earning a reward as they make correct responses, now available on Google Play and coming soon to the App Store

While This for That apps are designed for children with ASD, they are useful tools for individuals of any age who can benefit from additional support to complete tasks successfully. This for That apps may be purchased individually or as a bundle on the App Store. These apps are also available at a discount to schools making bulk purchases through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program.

About PixelAtion Labs
PixelAtion Labs is a mobile and web development team dedicated to creating products to maximize the learning potential of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For more information, visit http://pixelationlabs.com/.

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