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Look in My Eyes

A Special Learning Curriculum by AppTreasureHunter.com

Autistic children often need special care in learning how to socially interact with others. This is developed with a lot of patience and love from family, friends and teachers.

There is a specific set of apps specially designed to assist autistic children in improving their social and communication skills. These apps focus on the child's ability to maintain eye contact with other children.

Each app is tailored to the interests of specific children, and within this set of apps it's likely that you will find one your autistic child thoroughly enjoys.

We recommend any one of these amazing apps for assisting you to improve the communicative and social skills of your child:

Look in My Eyes: Dinosaur
Look in My Eyes: Steam Train 2
Look in My Eyes: Restaurant
Look in My Eyes: Car Mechanic

And for an additional communication boost, we highly recommend "My Choice Board".

These apps, with a little bit of practice each day, will greatly help you in interacting with your child and assist your child to improve his or her interaction with others.

Look in My Eyes: Dinosaur

By: FizzBrain
Age Group: 0-12
Categories: Special Needs
Price: $2.99

FizzBrain's "Look in My Eyes" series has been featured on CBS's "60 Minutes". All of the FizzBrain apps receive continual rave reviews from parents with autistic children.

This is another variation of their popular "Look in My Eyes" game. To wit, your child is encouraged to maintain eye-contact with children shown on the device. A number appears and the child, to prove that eye-contact has been maintained, must select the correct number from a choice of many.

After so many of these questions are correctly answered your child gets a reward.

In this particular application, the reward is a dinosaur! And there are endless numbers of dinosaurs that can be won.

Each dinosaur moves in its own interesting way and makes its own special sound. Your child can load the dinosaurs up in various different background, or can put some in a cave for storage and later use.

If your child loves dinosaurs, then this application is a good one to motivate him or her to improve on their eye-contact ability. It was specifically designed for autistic, or socially challenged, children.

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Look in My Eyes: Steam Train 2

By: FizzBrain
Age Group: 0-12
Categories: Special Needs
Price: $2.99

This is the second installment of the popular Look in My Eyes: Steam Train application, also by FizzBrain.

This app includes the original "Look in My Eyes" game, wherein your child (autistic or otherwise challenged) is encouraged to make eye-contact with pictures of children. While maintaining eye contact, a number flashes and the child must select the correct number from a multiple choice question to "prove" that eye-contact was maintained.

After answering so may questions correctly, your child wins enough "coal" to make a train trip to several exotic locations around the globe.

The steam train activity reward is highly interactive. Your child has control over every aspect of running a steam train - right on down to shoveling coal and shooing cows off the tracks. Your child will even be able to adjust water pressure, use the throttle - EVERYTHING!

What's new about this edition are the train adventures and the locations your child will go. There are trips to famous sites around Europe accompanied by facts about those locations. The national anthem for the various countries are also played. So this application also imparts cultural knowledge.

If you have a little one who is a train lover, you should get this app for them whether they are autistic or not. We could all use some practice in looking people in the eye, don't you think?

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Look Into My Eyes: Restaurant

By: FizzBrain
Age Group: 0-12
Categories: Special Needs
Price: $2.99

The application is mainly for autistic children but also has uses for any child who lacks in attention span or social graces.

The application teaches your child to maintain eye contact through a very exciting reward system. Your child maintains eye contact with pictures of people, answers a few questions correctly proving he or she has done so, and then he or she gets to purchase items for and decorate his or her very own restaurant.

And this means ALL parts of the restaurant: the patio, the dining room, the kitchen, the cellar. It's all there.

This is for older children admittedly and FizzBrain offers several similar applications for children who need a simpler activity. I for one know that running a restaurant is NOT easy - but I'm sure your child can manage!

The entertainment aspect of this application is undeniable. The restaurant is HIGHLY customizable. The rewards system will keep your child doing his or her very best and improve their social skills.

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Look in My Eyes: Car Mechanic

By: FizzBrain
Age Group: 0-12
Categories: Special Needs
Price: $2.99

I have reviewed quite a few of these "Look in My Eyes" apps by Fizzbrain. The popular series of apps are made for special needs children. It prompts these kids to make eye contact with other people and provides a gratifying reward system for being able to do so regularly.

The reward system for this particular app is several environments having to do with cars. It has a parking lot, a show room and garage and a cellar. Each area can be filled with cars or various things you might find in a mechanic's garage, such as an oil changing pit.

As the student progresses through the app he or she earns money which can be exchanged for the various items, cars, etc. The cars and items can be sized and place anywhere the child wants and moved about at will.

So if your particular child has a fascination or affinity for cars and garages, then this is the app you should get for him or her.

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My Choice Board

By: Good Karma Applications, Inc
Age Group: 0-12
Categories: Special Needs
Price: $9.99

Wow is all I can say about this one.

This application is highly customizable and really has no limitations in its ability to enable those who are limited in their communication skills with an ability to interact with friends, family and caretakers.

The user of the app, caretaker or parent can customize this board in ways you might not imagine are possible.

A choice board providing a list of activities to do, food to eat, vacation choices, political preferences, etc. I could even see one using the board to ask a multiple-choice questions in a learning endeavor.

The board is interactive: choose a question or list of things and then place choices on the board along with pictures and recorded words.

The choices can be edited at any time and even marked as "unavailable" when this is applicable to any particular choice.

Such an application is great for autistic children, cerebral palsy patients, the hearing-impaired, and any other individual with limited communication abilities. It even has applications for children in that "sweet-spot" of life where they know what things are and can understand communication, but cannot yet form sentences or full concepts vocally.

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