iModeling app helping individuals on the autism spectrum
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Sport training method for autistic kids
Monday April 15, 2013
A positive-reinforcement method used to help sports stars reach their peak is being used to help autistic children learn social skills such as saying hello and interrupting appropriately.
The app-based method allows parents to record their child enacting basic social skills. The recording is edited to show only positive and appropriate behaviour.
The child is then encouraged with a rewards system to repeatedly watch the good parts.
Six out of 10 children have improved to the level of non-autistic children after using the app and attending group classes for a year.
The app is inspired by the video modelling technique used to help sports stars improve their skills.
'This can be a game changer,' says Autism South Australia CEO Jon Martin,
The charity developed the app in conjunction with the Disabilities Research Unit of the University of Adelaide.
Four years of university research, testing and evaluation have showed 90 per cent of children aged eight to twelve increased their social skills after 12 months of using the app at home and participating in a once-a-week group class.
The social skill area the children improved in most was engagement. This includes joining in activities, initiating conversations and making friends.
More than six out of ten children increased their 'engagement social skills' to within the band for peers without autism.
Mr Martin says the national broadband network will significantly improve the quality of life of people with autism and break down barriers.
'This is particularly true for families in regional areas,' he said.
The iModeling app can be found on the iModelingProject website, click here to go directly to the app page.