HandHold Adaptive® (the company behind iPrompts®) is seeking testers for its new, yet-to-be-released application, tentatively called AutismTrack.
The application runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, and is designed to be a powerful new journaling tool for parents of those with autism. After setting up a profile for an individual with autism, parents (or other caregivers) can easily track the individual’s behaviors on a daily basis. Daily interventions, like diets, supplements, therapies and medicines may also be tracked. With Apple’s simple, touch-screen interface, it takes only seconds, and you can do it from wherever you’d like.
This post is by Sheila Sullivan. Sheila, a veteran member of the Autism Speaks awareness team, also manages the organization’s branding, merchandising and licensing. She has a tendency to get really excited about things that help people in the autism community directly and even more excited when people and companies step forward to help Autism Speaks fulfill its mission. You will be hearing more from Sheila, no doubt!
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. The best ideas are often born from a need that isn’t met – and iPrompts®, from HandHold Adaptive, is one of them. When the inventors of this App for iPhone® and iPod Touch® learned that their son with autism, like many other children who struggle with developmental and language disabilities, greatly benefits from the structure and clarity provided by visual aids, they used picture-based schedules and choice boards to help him transition between activities, communicate his needs, and stay on task. However, they were frustrated by the tools available – printing and laminating pictures, losing plastic symbols magnets, transporting bulky notebooks – finding them unwieldy and not nearly as portable as they would like. They channeled their frustration into designing something better. The result: HandHold Adaptive and its first product, iPrompts®, were born.
iPrompts® is, in essence, PECS for iPhone® and iPod Touch® users – caregivers, parents, teachers – that makes use of technologies available to make this previously bulky, unwieldy process portable and simple. HandHold Adaptive is donating 10% of the sales of the iPrompts® app to Autism Speaks.