Saturday, 29 October 2011

As Seen On TV App List

Here are the apps that were shown in the story on 60 Minutes and on CBC The National.

ABA Receptive Identification,, $0.99              
ABA Receptive Identification- FCC Combined,, $0.99              
Alphabet Zoo, Third Rail, LLC, Free
Animal Stickers, Mind Juice Media, $1.99
Answers:YesNo, Simplified Touch, $3.99
AutismXpress, StudioEmotion Pty Ltd. Inc., Free
Count to 100, Midnightsoft, $0.99
Count TV, Sesame Street, $2.99
Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant, FizzBrain, $2.99
Peekaboo Barn, Night & Day Studios, Inc., $1.99
Piano Pals, BigStack Studios, Free
Proloquo2Go, AssistiveWare, $189.99
Thomas Game Pack, HiT Entertainment, $2.99

This is a list of the apps that were seen on these broadcasts, it does not imply a recommendation of any particular app. Please research apps before you purchase them. If possible, try a 'lite' version if one is available, or test them out on someone's device who already owns it.

In the News

It has been a fantastic fall, but very busy!

Our school was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in a story that explored how iPads and some apps are facilitating communication and social skill development in people who have autism and other developmental disabilities. You can see the story here.

That story was followed up by the CBC with both a radio interview and a story on The National.

Using an iPad might not be for everyone. Not every student who gets their hands on a device is going to be able to communicate using apps like Proloquo2Go

From our research, one of the things we do know is that most students find the device engaging. They will pay attention to what they see or hear on the screen. For some students it is the first time they have been able to attend for longer periods of time on anything. 

That is big. Really big. 

Success can be measured in broader terms then just expressive language. Success can be an app that entertains a child at a restaurant so that the whole family can be out together enjoying a meal. Success can be an app that allows a child to be redirected from a tantrum. Success can be an app that allows children to play together with a sibling for the first time.

I am very proud of everyone at Beverley School. The students, researchers, staff, families and community.