Autism iHelp is a teaching aid developed by parents of a child with Autism and a speech-language pathologist. Autism iHelp was inspired by the need for specific language intervention tools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder focusing on their unique strengths and difficulty with expressive vocabulary.
Autism iHelp is an invaluable tool for your child with Autism when those first words just don’t come. The colorful real-life photos are presented in an easy-to-label format.
This app includes several features:
- 24 real world photos; it has been proven that children with Autism respond best to photos as opposed to illustrations and are very visual learners.
- 24 photos chosen based on established expressive language milestones are divided into three sub groups of eight. With 24 photos, over-stimulation is less likely which increases the child’s ability to grasp the concepts at an appropriate rate.
- Auditory representations/pairings of all 24 chosen targets. At the end of eight images there will be an option to try again, aiding in repetition and drill required for learning new words and sounds.
- Option to have images presented at random or not, to additionally aid in generalization and concrete learning.
- This app also includes two Learning Enhancement activities. These learning activities are presented in a game-like format, and require the child to either match a sound to a picture given a choice of four pictures OR match a picture to a sound given a choice of four sounds. These games check retention of the learned vocabulary and integrate auditory and visual memory. Additionally, you are able to track your child's gains through progress reports that average the last 3 performances of each learning enhancement activity.
Autism iHelp - Sounds consists of three groups of learning concepts paired with their corresponding sound. This sensory and auditory experience builds on an area of need in the Autism population, auditory presentation of stimuli as opposed to visual (as visual tends to be a strength). These three groups of concepts include 8 common animals, 8 common environmental sounds, and 8 musical instruments.
“with Autism iHelp ... it gets better"