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iPad app Offers E-therapy for Autism

Monday, 17 September 2012 10:07 AM

Australian researchers have developed an iPad app to help parents provide in-home therapy for their autistic children.
Named the TOBY Playpad (Therapy Outcomes by You), the app gives parents the ability to provide early therapy for their children as soon as they have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder – treatment that may help them learn to cope with the difficult social and psychological challenges the condition poses.
"Starting therapy as soon as possible after diagnosis is critical to the long-term development of autistic children,” said Svetha Venkatesh, a Deakin University professor who led the team that developed the technology with the charitable group Autism West Support Inc.
“However, many families face waiting lists of up to a year before getting their children into an intervention program. This where the TOBY Playpad can step in. The TOBY Playpad app acts as a 'wait-list program' that parents can use to provide early intervention therapy for their children during the crucial window of opportunity between diagnosis and more formalized programs with a trained therapist."
Venkatesh noted the app – which costs about $100 – is “not a replacement for one-on-one therapy.” But it provides “a cost-effective and proven program that parents can easily use with their children at home" to help autistic children learn, interact with their parents and engage in stimulating experiences.
"With one in 90 children world-wide suffering with autism, many families are struggling with the challenges of providing much needed therapy for their autistic children," Venkatesh said. "The TOBY Playpad is a rigorous learning framework that has been well tested with autistic children, their parents and therapists. It delivers flexible lessons using a rich collection of multimedia content. And because the app monitors a child's interactions at an unprecedented level, it is able to adapt lessons to the child's performance, and automatically deliver detailed reports for review by parents and therapists.”
The TOBY Playpad is available through the Apple iTunes Store. For more information, go to http://tobyplaypad.com/

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