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Special Learning, Inc. Launches “Social Stories” App

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New Mobile App Provides Teaching on Social Rules and Norms for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 24, 2012

Special Learning Inc., the leading global provider in special technology applications and educational resources used in teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is launching Social Stories, a brand new app for iPad. This innovative new app, set to be released in August, provides an easily accessible way of teaching various common rules and social norms to children with developmental disabilities, thus allowing them to function more effectively in everyday social settings.

Social stories are short, illustrated books designed to help children cope in common social settings by creating a better understanding of how to behave appropriately in a given social situation. The goal of Social Stories is to provide a written and visual roadmap of how to handle everyday social events that a child might face which may otherwise cause stress, anxiety or discomfort. By learning how to respond and act more closely with rules generally accepted in society, children with ASD will improve their social skills and integrate more successfully with peers.

The Social Stories app for iPad is a way of providing the story using a more interactive and engaging format. Vivid and colorful illustrations paired with clear written storylines told from the student’s perspective make this app a fun and enjoyable way to achieve social readiness. The student will be able to easily navigate the flip-book app with a touch of the screen. The app is equipped with customizable voice options that allow the user to choose a voice for narration from four possibilities: boy, girl, man or woman. Using an app format that works on commonly used devices allows for the child to blend into their social settings while having easy access to the teaching resource.

As part of the Social Stories series, Special Learning is launching five titles:

  • Saying Thank You
  • Saying Good-bye
  • Asking for Help
  • Trying When It’s Hard
  • Saying Hi

Each social story is available for $4.99. This app will soon be available for Android platform users as well, specifically for users of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and Kindle Fire. Using the app in conjunction with the downloadable Social Stories series, which includes the full story, coloring book and rule cards, makes it a perfect learning kit.

For additional information on Special Learning’s Social Stories series please visit https://special-learning.com/social_stories.

To view other Special Learning products and resources and to obtain additional information about how Special Learning provides educational materials and support to the autism community visit https://special-learning.com.

About Special Learning, Inc.
Special Learning is the leading global provider of autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) solutions, designing mobile applications and educational resources based on clinical evidence-based research to ensure that every person diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is capable of attaining an abundant and fulfilling life. Through its comprehensive web portal, Special Learning provides the global autism community with a range of ABA training and educational products, web-based and downloadable tools, and professional services to empower parents, teachers and providers so that they can help individuals with autism move up the skills spectrum intuitively, successfully and affordably.

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