March 20, 2009
Finally! An iPhone/iPod Touch App for Autistic Kids
The iPhone and iPod Touch have been truly amazing devices. Â They allow a level of freedom for people that can't or don't want to use a stylus to still be able to use a mobile device. Â They also make it more difficult to lose your stylus. Â This means that it can be very useful for children with autism. Â The only problem: Â there hasn't been a specific app designed for autistic children. Â Until now, that is. Â I found an app that I hope is the first of many more similar apps to come: Â iConverse. Â The premise behind iConverse is pretty simple: Â You have six icons that provide basic every day actions: Â Restroom, Sleep, Drink, Eat, Sick, and Help. Â The communication is basic, but it helps those who are unable to communicate verbally, or those who have not yet learned to communicate verbally, to do so. Â When pressing on the icon, text covers the icon to indicate the selection, as does a verbal sentence that is played on the device. Â You can select either a male or female voice as well. Â While it seems simple, it's much needed. Â Currently it's available in the Apple App Store for $4.99. Â I should note that there is software out there for special devices or the computer that will do the same thing, but has a high cost of over $1,000. Â This is ideal, because it's relatively inexpensive for both the device and the software.Â I'm sort of disappointed, but only in the fact that I didn't develop it first (I've been working on learning Objective C just for something like this). Â Well, perhaps I'll build a custom bracer for the iPod Touch for my son's arm, should we need one for him all the time.