World Autism Awareness Day was Saturday 2nd April 2011. My apologies to anyone who missed out on picking up the Grace App for free.
Everybody deserves the right to say what they want. Listen and you will also get to know what they like and need, and maybe get to know them a bit better.
The App is free today for World Autism Day, and updated!
Many kids with autism or speech delay use “pecs” a system of pictures attached to a board to ask for what they need or say how they feel. These boards are stored in a book which they have to carry around with them.
Even if and when they begin to say a few words, they may be difficult to understand and so they need the pictures as a back-up, as their independent speech develops. As the mother of a severely autistic little girl with a few words but many pictures, I wanted to keep prompting her to use her own voice – while bringing ALL her pictures everywhere.. so I created the Grace App.
Grace App replicates the picture exchange system by storing a basic picture vocabulary in simple to access folders with a facility for building a semantic sentence.
It can be used on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. On the smaller devices you tilt and the cards are enlarged for you to point and read together. On iPad the pictures are big enough to be read easily without enlargement. You can take and add your own photographs or images, download, save or transfer pictures that you already have. You can encourage the user to do this independently. Giving them the power over their communication choices.
It is a simple and portable means of prompting communication and mutual understanding - which leads to trust.
To celebrate World Autism Awareness we have set the App to free on the iTunes store.
Blog updated to include the fact that World Autism Day was last Saturday 2nd April. Sorry if you missed out. Please join the Facebook page for news of further offers, next year.
Watch this space for the new manual with updated operating instructions and steps to introducing Augmentative Communication or email me on Graceappforautism@gmail.com for a copy.
World Autism Awareness Day was Saturday 2nd April 2011. My apologies to anyone who missed out on picking up the Grace App for free. Please join the Facebook page for news of further offers, and updates on next year’s World Autism Awareness Day.