Why we love this app
The simplicity of this app shows young children how to form words using video modeling and auditory and visual cueing. These are all excellent strategies to use with young children with autism. The videos are focused on one area-the mouth, which allows children with autism to focus on the area necessary to mimic or reproduce the target word or sound. The multi-sensory approach is appealing to children, therapists, and parents. This therapeutic tool is one that parents and therapists must have in their toolkit!
What it teaches and how it works
VAST Autism 1 Core App was designed to use with children with austim who are non-verbal or have minimal verbal skills due to a motor planning speech disorder, such as apraxia. Its intent is to be used as a therapeutic tool. However, there are instances where children may be drawn to the videos in a purely holistic sense. The progression of VAST Autism 1- Core AppSyllable Repetition is as follows: single syllable words, multi-syllabic words, phrases, sentences. Trials are randomized throughout the app. There is a mirror function, which turns on the iPad camera, and allows children to practice the target syllable(s), word(s), phrases, and sentences.
Why your kid won't be able to put it down
Young children love watching themselves. Using the mirror function in VAST Autism Core will keep young children's interest. The videos are simple to use. However, VAST Autism Core is really designed to be used with adult supervision for younger children.
|appoLearning Report Card||
|Features specific educational objectives|
|Fosters critical thinking|
|Adapts to kids' skill level|
|Intellectually stimulating for children|
|Instructions are clear and simple|
|Well-suited to age group|
|Assesses progress and proficiency|
|Parents and teachers can assess progress|
|Features and Design|
|Unique in its concept, design and approach|
|Engaging design and repeatable content|
|Excellent value for price|
|Doesn't require additional in-app spending|
|Safety and Privacy|
|Doesn't expose kids to external services or advertisers|
|Doesn't ask for personal data|
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