Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 05, 2012
Special Learning, Inc., the leading global provider of mobile technology applications and educational resources for the autism community, today announced the launch of its “Communicating Basic Needs” app (ComApp) for Android platforms including the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Kindle Fire. The app provides a new, innovative way for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other language deficit to easily and effectively communicate their basic needs and wants with highest quality images and real voices that that can be customized through a unique back-end web platform named “Mobile Dashboard.” platform.
Using a highly attractive, simple to use icon-based system that adheres to the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the app gives voice to individuals by allowing them to express their basic needs and wants through pictures. The app focuses on five main categories of food, drink, clothing, toys and emotions.
The app is filled with colorful and vivid photographs of everyday items that a child sees around him to facilitate easy communication and to keep a child engaged and motivated to use the device. Through its web interface, “Mobile Dashboard,” parents and providers are able to fully customize the app by uploading their own image and voice files. Care givers and parents can also view frequency reports on the device and to generate customized reports from the Mobile Dashboard by synchronizing the app with the dashboard.
The “Communicating Basis Needs” app was developed under the guidance of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) and organized in a manner found to be successful in clinical practice.
The convenience of having this app in a portable device like an iTouch, iPhone, iPad and now on Android devices is that it is readily accessible anytime and anywhere without the hassle of carrying around picture cards to communicate. Having access to a communication tool on a commonly used device also allows the user to blend in better with his surroundings. The app is very user friendly and intuitive so that even young children with ASD, regardless their level of ability, can learn to use it quickly.
Special Learning's "Communicating Basic Needs" app has several crucially important differences from other augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) communication solutions in the market, including:
o ability to select from four "Voice" options: girl, boy, man and woman
o ability to select from five "Themes" or backgrounds: default, aquatic, butterfly, creatures and trucks
o ability to select from three "Picture Size" options: small, medium and large
o ability to "Randomize" image selection from a set (of three) or select fixed images for each item
o ability to choose "Word" or "Phrase" for emotions icons
o ability to enable or disable "Item Titles" which appear on top of each icon
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.