Smartphone app helps children with autism communicate betterA smartphone application that has potential to help children with autism communicate more effectively is now available for download.
Developed by Keith Allen, Ph.D., professor of psychology at UNMC, the app uses evidence-based naturalistic teaching procedures to foster communication.
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"Naturalistic teaching that provides pictures of objects and prompts for parents fit all of these requirements."
"We" is Dr. Allen and BehaviorApp, LLC -- a Lincoln-based smartphone app development company.
"This will allow us to put the experience of a professional like Dr. Allen into the hands of many families of children with autism," said Evelyn Bartlett, BehaviorApp CEO.
Supplement, not replacement
Dr. Allen emphasized that the app is designed to supplement, not substitute for, trained professionals who specialize in treating speech and communication problems in children with autism.
A limited number of apps, which retail for $24.99, are offered free of charge to families of children with autism. Contact Craig Lutz-Prefect at BehaviorApp, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-423-2444 for more information.