Stop, Turn off Tap, Exit and Phone are some of the environmental signs that can be receptively recognized by an autistic child through this app.
This app utilizes the ABA method of intervention to children with developmental disabilities, special education needs or autism.
This app is part of the iLearnNEarn app series and is organized into multiple Learn & Play sections. Each section has pictures as visual prompts.
Here is how the app progresses -
Step 1 - Training - In the Learn parts of each Learn & Play section picture of a sign is shown.
Step 2 - DT/Play - The Play part of a Learn & Play section works like this
- Each screen displays pictures of four signs
- the child selects picture of the sign stated in the prompt
Step 3 - Reward - Each correct response is rewarded with an animation
ABA & iLearnNEarn app series
As we know, the recommendation of 40 hours per week of ABA programming as posted by Lovaas study has been cited by many parents as being vital to their child's success. The National Research Council's 2001 report (p. 184) summarizes the skills necessary for implementing an effective ABA program as:
"Teachers must be familiar with theory and research concerning best practices for children with autistic spectrum disorders, including methods of applied behavior analysis, naturalistic learning, incidental teaching, assistive technology, socialization, communication, inclusion, adaptation of the environment, language interventions, assessment, and the effective use of data collection systems. Specific problems in generalization and maintenance of behaviors also affect the need for training in methods of teaching children with autistic spectrum disorders."
iLearnNEarn offers a series of apps based on ABA which help parents and teachers with minimum knowledge of theory. These apps provide supplemental intervention and are delivered through assistive technology devices such as mobile phones, tablets and the iPad. It also helps introduce generalization in different settings.
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