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Release Date: 07.31.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Wynsum Arts

Apps Help Special Needs Children Adjust to Back to School

i.AM Search Selects Best Apps for Back to School

Transitions are always tougher for special needs children and Back to School with new teachers, classrooms, classmates and routines can be especially difficult for children with autism. But as with most things, there’s an app for that. However, coming up with the specific app out of the 600,000 apps in the iTunes store can be difficult. Atlanta-based Wynsum Arts has developed a free tool to filter through the apps and rates them on a 100-point system called the Wynsum Score, which is similar to a Wine Spectator score. Here are some of the recommended apps to help children with autism transition Back to School, whether they are in elementary school or heading off to college.

Elementary:

  • My Video Schedule by Acceptional Possibilities ($18.99) is a teacher-created, individualized, customizable app that combines video modeling within a structured schedule while providing positive reinforcement for individuals with autism.
  • i See-quence... My Schedules at School Social Stories by I Get It, LLC ($.99) is a fully customizable application offering a photo social story for individuals that need support in understanding the sequence of their school day.
  • Put It Away by Leehsueh is a free iPad app that helps teach kids how to tidy up and clean up a room! Cleaning a room is an essential living skill for everyone, but can be particularly difficult for children with special needs. Performing this task on the app exercises category sorting and memory, and can help build confidence in kids with autism or other developmental disabilities to complete the task in real life, which is often a challenge.
  Put It Away is Free on iTunes.

 

Middle School:

  • Monster Physics by Dan Russell-Pinson ($.99) is a unique building app that lets you play with physics. Build and operate your own car, crane, rocket ship, plane, helicopter, tank and more! Players learn physics "hands on" through solving missions and building and refining their own inventions. In addition, a separate learn section introduces players to basic physics concepts such as friction, force, mass, acceleration and more. 
  • Math Evolve by Zephyr Games ($1.99) is a revolutionary app that provides a fun and engaging way to practice math facts, number sense, and mental math skills.  In “Story Mode”, players embark on an epic math adventure across three unique environments: microscopic, ocean, and space. The “Practice Mode” is a fully-featured platform for learning math facts, and can be used in the home or classroom to provide highly customizable and engaging math practice.
  • iHomework by Paul Pilone ($.99) is a student's best friend during the busy times of the school year. Keep up-to-date with your school work, grades, to-do's, teacher's information, and almost everything else you need during the school year. iHomework is the only school organizer that can be with you anywhere you go, whether that be on your iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, or Mac.

  

High School:

  • Living Safely by AbleLink Technologies ($19.99) provides self-directed learning sessions for 27 important safety skills topics based on proven content.  It provides an accessible learning tool that is specifically designed to be used directly by individuals with autism, learning or other developmental disabilities at their own pace on the highly desirable iPhone and Ipod Touch platforms.
  • Stress Tracker by AboveStress, Inc. ($4.99), as featured on the Dr. Phil Show, is a perfect tool to help you take charge of your emotional, mental, and physical health.   Stress Tracker was developed by a team of leading clinical psychologists and researchers using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness principles. It provides an all-in-one personal stress management app that tracks, identifies, and helps relieve your daily stress. 

  • WordBook, English Dictionary and Thesaurus by TranCreative Software ($1.99) is a comprehensive, quick and intuitive dictionary and thesaurus of the English language. It's a great combination of comprehensive contents and fast intuitive interface. 


  

College:

  • iThoughts (Mindmapping) by CMS ($7.99) enables you to visually organize your thoughts, ideas and information.

Typical Uses include task lists,  brainstorming, project planning, goal setting, concept mapping, course notes/revision and meeting notes.
  • Dragon Dictation by Nuance Communications is a free, easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

 

The free i.AM Search app allows users to create a personal profile based on a child’s age, ability level, and symptoms. Based on this profile, i.AM Search creates a customized list of Apple apps making it easier to find apps that can help with the transition of Back to School. i.AM Search works whether the child is high-functioning or non-verbal, and it supports kids from kindergarten to college.

The app is designed to filter based on the same medical terms that a child’s teachers, doctors, therapists and psychologists use. This makes it easy for parents and professionals to consistently find the right apps to help children improve the skills where professionals have identified weaknesses. Besides communication skills, parents and teachers can also filter based on specific skills related to executive function, repetitive behavior, self-assessment, self-determination and social skills.

i.AM Search is free and available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod on the App Store via iTunes (i.AM Search). A portion of Apps purchased through i.AM Search go toward future development of the product. For additional information on apps recommended by Wynsum Arts, visit the Wynsum Art’s blog, www.everyapphasastory.com.

About Wynsum Arts:
Atlanta-based Wynsum Arts (www.wynsumarts.com) was founded in 2007 by Gailynn Gluth, whose son has Asperger's Syndrome. Gluth worked with autism researchers, teachers, parents and the research firm New Amsterdam Consulting Inc. for three years to develop the structure for i.AM Search.  Gailynn serves as CEO of Wynsum Arts. Advisors to the Wynsum Arts board include Dave Thompson, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft (ret); Emily Arons, SVP of Global Marketing Strategy for Pokémon International; Dave Spafford, founder of Megahertz Corporation and Chairman of the Board for the Utah Autism Foundation; Michael Hardman, Dean of Education at the University of Utah; Kevin Ayers, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia; Gregory Abowd, Distinguished Professor, Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech; Scott McAward, Director of Disability Services at the University of Utah; and Gregg Johnson, principal at Tag Team Business Solutions, board member at Express Credit Union, and principal at Johnson Consulting Associates, Larry Gluth, Senior Vice President at Habitat for Humanity, International.

Contact Info

Contact Name: Gailynn Gluth

Company: Wynsum Arts, llc

Phone: 425-985-3052

Cell: 425-985-3052

E-mail: gailynn@wynsumarts.com