Autism Diagnosis was a relief – Echo 17th Sept. 2013

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Autism Diagnosis was a relief – Echo 17th Sept. 2013

This  article was featured in the Evening Echo paper on the 17th Sept. 2013. IAN JONES lives with his wife Laura, daughter Nieve and pet dog Betsy in Leigh. Nieve, nine, has autism and Ian, a graphic designer, has recently designed a pioneering reading app for iPads that aims to help parents and teachers of children with autism, dyslexia and other learning difficulties. We find out more about his family life. What’s been the scariest moment as a parent so far? “When Nieve was born, she was in intensive care for two weeks at Southend Hospital, because she swallowed meconium in the womb. It was touch and go if she’d survive.” Was it a shock when she was diagnosed with autism? “Not really, as we knew something wasn’t right. She was a wonderful baby and would sleep all night, but she never cried like other babies or jabbered away like her cousins. Then we started to notice the lack of eye contact and her pulling away when we tried to hug her. When the doctor told us she was in the middle spectrum for autism, it was almost a relief, because we knew what it was.” What’s the most difficult thing about being a parent of an autistic child? “I suppose it’s not being able to be spontaneous and having to stick to very regimented patterns. It can also be hard sometimes that Nieve doesn’t like being cuddled very much. But then on the other hand, she does some amazing things.” Like what? “Well, she is very creative and loves to draw. A while ago her bedroom was full of her pictures, probably 1,000 of them. Then suddenly one morning, she decided she didn’t want them anymore and tore all of them down. Then a few weeks later, she suddenly said ‘I want my pictures back’ and she spent that afternoon drawing them all again.” Have you had a good response about the app? “Yes, I’ve had positive feedback from people from the UK, France and even someone in Israel who asked if I’m going to produce an app in Hebrew! I never set out to create this app to make a business out if it. I did it to just make my little girl happy, but it’s great that it’s taken off.” Do you have a favourite family book? “There’s a book called the Reason I Jump that has come to mean a lot to us as a family. It looks at what autism is like from the view of a 13-year-old Japanese boy.” Does Nieve like books? “She does, but she struggles with words. Thats where the idea came to me for the app – when I was trying to read to her at bedtime. I suddenly realised Nieve was more able to follow the story when there was a concrete association between the words and a...

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Create Your Own Stories

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Create Your Own Stories

Includes seven built-in stories. Text to Speech with friendly female voice. Image to word library covering common nouns. Ability to add your own images and video to the word library. About the Visual Reading Application The Visual Reading app was built to assist those with Autism, Dyslexia, or individuals who have difficulty reading with just words. Created by a parent with an autistic child, the idea of associating images to words was inspired by a bedtime reading session. The child was able to read and understand the story when the parent pointed to various images on the book page, whilst reading and pointing at the words. This helped in making a connection between the word and an image. The application works on this idea by allowing the user to place images or videos above each word. Have fun adding your own concrete nouns for everyday common objects that the child is familiar with . Most common nouns are already included in the application but feel free to experiment and add your own. Even add a photo of the subject if appropriate. For some abstract words the user is encouraged to find images or make videos that the child is comfortable or familiar with. Key Features Assign your own images or videos to words. Create your own fun stories. Help create a concrete association between words and images. Use the built-in library of 760 words-to-images or extend the library by adding your own images or videos to words. Price: £11.99 - $16.99 (PRO - All new/future books are unlocked) Price: £3.99 - $5.99 (LITE - Books unlocked via In-app-purchase) Platform: iPAD CREATE YOUR OWN STORIES. Features: Unlimited User Books Unlimited Book Pages Add a book cover and page covers from your camera or iPAD media library Click on the word images to: Hear the word spoken. Zoom the word image or play any video associated with the word. Use the play buttons to read the story. (Read Page or Read Line) Mute audio to encourage the child or adult to speak the word. More info...

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Assign Images & Videos to Words

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Assign Images & Videos to Words

Built-in 760 image to word library. Extend library to add your own words, images and videos. Assign images whilst you’re typing. About the Visual Reading Application The Visual Reading app was built to assist those with Autism, Dyslexia, or individuals who have difficulty reading with just words. Created by a parent with an autistic child, the idea of associating images to words was inspired by a bedtime reading session. The child was able to read and understand the story when the parent pointed to various images on the book page, whilst reading and pointing at the words. This helped in making a connection between the word and an image. The application works on this idea by allowing the user to place images or videos above each word. Have fun adding your own concrete nouns for everyday common objects that the child is familiar with . Most common nouns are already included in the application but feel free to experiment and add your own. Even add a photo of the subject if appropriate. For some abstract words the user is encouraged to find images or make videos that the child is comfortable or familiar with. Price: £11.99 - $16.99 (PRO - All new/future books are unlocked) Price: £3.99 - $5.99 (LITE - Books unlocked via In-app-purchase) Platform: iPAD ASSIGN PICTURES OR VIDEOS TO WORDS Features: Built-in 760 image to word library Extend library to add your own words, images and videos Assign images whilst you’re typing Multiple images per word. Choose from a list whilst typing Add photos from iPAD, Camera or in app picture library Add videos from iPAD photos 2 x Zoom word image when pressed Play word video when pressed More info...

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