Allows carers, healthcare professionals, parents, and teachers to track the behaviour patterns of children, and to present them in graph form.
App for parents with children under five to help them deal calmly with problems and frustration.
“For some kids, managing everyday feelings can be a big challenge. Apps like ‘Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame’ can model more productive ways to deal with emotions.
The app shows kids a familiar face from Sesame St having trouble with something such as tying their shoes or going to bed. The app helps kids realise that everyone has moments like this in their lives.
And it also shows them how to use calming exercises like breathing deeply along with a monster friend. That can help kids manage their frustration.”
Utilises images to teach social skills that can help a person function independently in the community (including how to prepare a meal, take care of pets, travel around, and behave in shops).
App and online tool to help people with mental health needs to access patient groups, charities and other sources of support across the UK
“Hub of Hope believes that no matter what you're going through, you shouldn't have to do it alone. Find services local to you using geolocation technology.
The stigma associated with mental health can make it difficult to talk about, however there are services out there with people who understand and are ready to help….
…Using the Hub of Hope is completely free and confidential. You are not required to provide any personal information or pay for use. It is simply there to say, if you should ever need help, whether for you or somebody you are looking after, we’ll make it easier to find.
The Hub of Hope has already been described as a vital and lifesaving tool by charities and mental health trusts.
In less than a year since its launch, the Hub of Hope has had
Turns an iPad into a letterboard, with large, easy-to-read keys, and word suggestions to help a person with autism-spectrum disorder communicate thoughts.
Utilises illustrations to give instructions or to ask questions, allowing a carer to converse more easily with people who have communicational difficulties.
Utilises illustrations to teach lessons about personal safety and home safety (such cold weather safety, sport safety, electrical safety, and medicine cabinet safety). Good for people with autism.
Teaching tool that utilises slideshows and images to illustrate appropriate behaviour in social settings (such as shops or playgrounds).
Allows a user to communicate through audio files, images, pictures, symbols, and video (one adult female voice) by touching an image, which the app then reads out.
Educational games developed for people with learning disorders including autism.
“Otsimo child is a platform designed specifically to educate children with autism and learning disorders. It contains dozens of educational games and free basic AAC [Alternative and Augmentative Communication]. Educational games are developed by applying the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) technique. Otsimo is a bundled platform which contains Otsimo Child and Otsimo Family apps.”Autism Education Trust, founded by the UK charities the National Autistic Society (NAS), Ambitious about Autism (AaA) and Council for Disabled Children (CDC) | http://bit.ly/2BPLFA8
Automates applied behavior-analysis instruction.
App enabling adults and children with communication difficulties to express their views
“The Talking Mats app can be used as an interactive tool to help a person express their opinions, choices, ideas and preferences. The app is specifically designed for people with communication difficulties to express their ideas on a wide range of topics through a structured discussion format.
…Talking Mats incorporate the use of pictures to facilitate discussions. A person can choose the pictures they would like to have available then sort them under a visual scale (e.g. yes/no/maybe).
…The app provides instructions and has a simple display with pictures that can be moved on the screen.
…The app is motivating in itself to use as a person is able to choose between a range of symbols to communicate their preferences to another person. A person can move symbols on the screen to reflect their thoughts and preferences. The app does not produce any sounds and is designed to use interactively during conversations.
…A person can import their own pictures to the Talking Mat, thereby making it more relevant to their day to day living activities.
The app can provide a visual framework to guide conversations and may be used to:
Many people with Autism are visual learners, therefore presenting information in an interactive, visual form may appeal to many people and support a person to express themselves.”Autism apps, a website run by the Autism Association of Western Australia, a not-for-profit service provider, research and patient advocacy organisation | http://bit.ly/2QoIpoB
Utilises images to help carers, parents, and teachers better understand the needs of children with limited communication skills.
Utilises simple images (for instance, of an individual eating) to help a person with a communicational difficulty express wants and needs to a carer.
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