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Smartphone app helps children with autism communicate better

A smartphone application that has potential to help children with autism communicate more effectively is now available for download.

Developed by Keith Allen, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a child psychologist at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute, the app uses evidence-based naturalistic teaching procedures to foster communication.

“We wanted to help parents do more to help their children learn basic communication skills. We wanted to develop something that could assist parents right in their homes, and we wanted something that was supported by research,” Dr. Allen said. “Naturalistic teaching that provides pictures of objects and prompts for parents fit all of these requirements.”

“We” is Dr. Allen and BehaviorApp, LLC — a Lincoln, Neb.-based smartphone app development company.

“This will allow us to put the experience of a professional like Dr. Allen into the hands of many families of children with autism,” said Evelyn Bartlett, BehaviorApp CEO.

Dr. Allen emphasized that the app is designed to supplement, not be a substitute for trained professionals who specialize in treating speech and communication problems in children with autism.

The MySocius app is available on Apple’s iTunes App Store at:

via Smartphone app helps children with autism communicate better.

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This entry was posted on February 26, 2013 by in Apps, Autism, Children and tagged , , , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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