Tuesday 28 February 2017

Autism app to help social skills

The Social Skills for Autism App is now available
The Social Skills for Autism App is now available

A new app designed to teach children and adolescents with autism the necessary skills for social situations, has been launched.

The SHINE Centre for Autism in Ireland, which has produced the app costing €4.99, points out children and adolescents with autism often find social situations very difficult.

Laura Crowley, director of education, said: "There are so many social rules that are not instinctive to people with autism, which means that they have to work at learning these rules. This can be confusing and cause anxiety as many social rules are unwritten and not spoken about."

Based on the PALS programme, the app takes a holistic approach to social skill advancement and includes self-esteem and anxiety management. The Social Skills for Autism app is now available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.

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