Special Learning Inc. Launches its Newest Innovative Product: The FULL Version of Communicating Basic Needs iPhone/iTouch App

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Special Learning, Inc. releases the full version of their “Communicating Basic Needs” app for the iPhone and iTouch, a new and innovative way for children with Autism or any other language deficit to easily and effectively communicate their basics needs and wants.

Special Learning, Inc., an online Autism solutions company, today announced the release of the full version of their “Communicating Basic Needs” app for the iPhone and iTouch, a new and innovative way for children with Autism or any other language deficit to easily and effectively communicate their basics needs and wants.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders with communication deficiencies need special tools and interventions in order to express what they want. Pictures are one of the best tools they can use to convey their needs. For example, if the child wants an apple, he can just show a picture of an apple to his parent to communicate what he wants even if he cannot verbally express it. The most commonly used method of using picture cards is not always possible, inconvenient, and makes the child stand out. Moreover, the limited picture cards in one’s stack may not always be enough or complete to answer every communication need. The Communicating Basic Needs app provides an easy and economical solution to this problem.

Special Learning’s Communicating Basic Needs App for the iTouch and iPhone is filled with colorful and beautiful real-life and customized images of everyday things that a child sees and asks for. Keeping basic communication in mind, Special Learning’s team of Behavior Analysts and developers created this Communication App following the best practice used in treatment to allow persons with autism, speech delay, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury successfully express themselves through pictures. The App focuses on five main categories of food, drinks, clothing, toys and emotions and comes pre-loaded with hundreds of real photographs.

The convenience of having this app in a portable device like an iTouch or iPhone is that it is readily accessible anytime, anywhere without the hassle of carrying around picture cards. The Communicating Basic Needs App has been designed to be very user-friendly and easy to use so that even young children with ASD can learn to use it quickly.

One of the most powerful features of the FULL version is its customization and reporting functions. Through Special Learning’s Mobile Dashboard, a web-based portal, consumers can customize by uploading their own image and voice files to replace pre-loaded images, obtain frequency data collected on the device through its easy to use sync-ing feature, and manage all purchased apps from Special Learning through a single dashboard.

Communicating with pictures has never been this fun and easy for children with skills deficiencies in communication. With the release of this mobile app, and other follow-on communication and ABA teaching applications for iPhone/iTouch/iPad and Android devices, Special Learning Inc. continues its work in developing solutions to help individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities achieve their highest potential to help them live productive and fulfilling lives.

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