Special Learning, Inc. Launches ComApp3, the Newest Version of its Communicating Basic Needs App, for iPad

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ComApp3, the latest version of Special Learning’s highly sought after ComApp, is an easy-to-use app that allows children with language deficits to communicate their basic needs and wants.

Communicating Basic Needs Version 3

Special Learning, Inc., the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and educational resources for the autism community, announced today the launch of the latest version of its popular Communicating Basic Needs app (ComApp3) for iPad. The newest features of this highly innovative app continue to provide advanced ways for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or other language deficits, to easily and effectively communicate their basic wants and needs with the highest quality images and real voices that are now customizable right from the user’s device.

ComApp3 offers a fully customizable adaptation of Special Learning’s highly effective ComApp, released earlier this year. Using an attractive, simple-to-use icon-based system that adheres to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the app gives voice to individuals affected by developmental disabilities by allowing them to express simple requests quickly and successfully. This latest version allows users to personalize their app, not only through the app’s online Mobile Dashboard, but also directly from the user’s iPad camera, personal photo gallery and a built-in voice recorder. This means that no third party applications are needed to upload images and voice files. Parents and providers can fully customize their devices to their own liking and have the customizations—whether from the device or Mobile Dashboard—appear in both locations through the use of the synchronization function.

The third version of Special Learning’s mobile communication app also includes the reporting functions, offered on the previous versions, which track frequency data by category and by individual item accessed. Through the Mobile Dashboard, parents and providers can also run reports to track the frequency of data accessed from the device, and most importantly save the settings for future use through the synchronization function.

This app was developed under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and organized in a manner found to be successful in practice. The app focuses on five main categories: food, drink, clothing, toys and emotions. The convenience of having this app in a portable device like an iPad is that it is readily accessible anytime and anywhere without the hassle of carrying around picture cards to communicate. The app is user friendly and intuitive so that all children with ASD, regardless of their level of ability, can learn to use it quickly.

Key features of the app include:

  • Fully customizable items per category
  • Use of device camera or photo gallery to customize or create a new item
  • Use of the built-in voice recorder to update or create new voice files
  • High-definition graphics designed to accommodate and fully utilize the larger screen of the iPad, making it more engaging and simpler for children to use
  • Intuitive and kid-friendly interface designed specifically for use of children with ASD that offers very simple navigation, making it easy for children to learn and use without a lot of instructions
  • Versatility to choose between three different photographs of every item in each of the five main categories to allow therapists to teach generalization skills to children that are ready to learn these skills.
  • Customizable options categories to enable or disable photos in the "Icon Library" to select only those items that are appropriate for their child.
  • Administrative functions that offer an abundance of other customization features including:

o Four "Voice" options: man, woman, boy and girl;
o Five "Themes" or backgrounds: default, aquatic, butterfly, creatures and trucks;
o Three "Picture Size" options: small, medium and large;
o Ability to choose "Word" or "Phrase" for emotions icons; and
o Ability to enable or disable "Item Titles" that appear on top of each icon

Special Learning’s ComApp3 was released for iPhone and iTouch last month.

To learn more about the app, visit ComApp3 in the Appstore.

For more information about Special Learning, visit http://www.special-learning.com/home.

About Special Learning
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions. Special Learning designs mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably. Follow Special Learning on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/speciallearning, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/#!/speciallearning.

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