Brain Parade updates See.Touch.Learn. iPad Autism App with Custom Audio

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[] Stamford, Connecticut - Brain Parade, a pioneer in innovative mobile, iPad education solutions for autism and special needs, announced today the availability of version 1.1 of its popular iPad app, See.Touch.Learn.(TM). This update to See.Touch.Learn.(TM), a free iPad app which launched last March to rave reviews, is now available for download in Apple's iTunes store.

The autism and special needs app for the iPad combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the iPad to improve the learning experience for children with autism and other special learning needs. Brain Parade developed the app with input from educators and parents working with special needs children and has continued to seek their input. "Customer input is absolutely critical to us," says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade's founder. "We worked very hard early on to establish a feedback loop with parents and educators working with children on the autism spectrum so that we could continue to improve the product to suit their needs.

In response to that feedback Brain Parade introduced enhanced audio capabilities to See.Touch.Learn.(TM) in version 1.1. Users can now customize the audio responses and use the iPad to record voice prompts within See.Touch.Learn.(TM) and provide verbal instruction to the child in each exercise. According to McClafferty, "The custom audio features are something that users have been clamoring for. This will make a significant improvement in the lesson effectiveness and can even open the door for non-English speakers to use See.Touch.Learn.(TM)". Brain Parade has also made a number of usability improvements to See.Touch.Learn.(TM), including the creation of a series of "Getting Started" screens that walk a user through the various functions of the app.

Launched in early March, 2011, See.Touch.Learn.(TM) was downloaded over 30,000 times in less than 60 days, has been the Number 1 Free iPad education app in Australia and New Zealand, has reached the Number 4 position in the United States, and enjoys an impressive user rating of 4.6 stars out of a possible 5 stars in iTunes.

McClafferty attributes the app's success to the fact that the tool provides a tremendous improvement over traditional picture cards and gives the parent or autism educator enormous flexibility to develop custom lessons for each child. "We want See.Touch.Learn.(TM) to be a core tool used by parents and educators in their autism instruction programs. That is why we are continually adding new features and creating new picture card libraries in response to our customers' requests."

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 10.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
See.Touch.Learn. 1.1 is the first of several autism and special needs education apps planned by Brain Parade. The iPad app includes a library of vibrant picture cards and exercises designed by a certified behavior analyst and can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes store. Additional image libraries are available for purchase beginning at just $0.99 - a fraction of the cost of traditional picture cards. Brain Parade also contributes $1.00 to Autism Speaks for each purchase of the special "Light it up Blue" library it created just for Autism Speaks.

Brain Parade builds innovative, mobile, technology solutions that improve the learning experience for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Jim McClafferty, a veteran technology executive and consultant, founded Brain Parade in 2010 with the goal of developing educational tools that capitalize on the power of the iPad platform to transform the ways in which students with autism and special needs learn. Copyright (C) 2011 Brain Parade, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.