January 2, 2013 in Education (F)
[prMac.com] Dublin, Ohio - Emotion Cards is a therapy app for young special needs children that utilizes audio and testing to help special needs children learn emotions. Recognizing facial expressions is a common deficit of special needs children, and Emotion Cards helps them both express themselves, and communicate with others. The app itself is a set of pictures and accompanying audio, 81 in total. This is more then any other communication app offers for facial expressions and emotions.
Emotion Cards is being used by special needs children all over the world in classrooms and bedrooms. One example is in the therapists office; ordinarily, when an autistic child gets upset, you can not tell why or what made them upset. However, with Emotion Cards, the child can open the app, find the facial expression that matches what they're feeling, and tap the audio button to play the name of the emotion to communicate.
Emotion Cards can be used in the classroom to test facial recognition. First, the teacher would turn off the labels for the emotion names. Then, they'd pick an emotion on the app and show it to the child and prompt, "What emotion is this?" For younger children, answering the emotion category name would suffice. For more advanced children, they would have to be more specific.
* iOS 5.1 or later
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* 91.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Emotion Cards 1.25 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Emotion Cards was produced by Pufferfish Software, a company dedicated to creating apps for special needs children. Pufferfish Software has 6 apps out, 5 of which are dedicated to special needs children. Another notable app by Pufferfish Software is Social Stories, an app for creating stories that demonstrate how an autistic child should act in a certain situation. Pufferfish Software was started by Megan Holstein, a 17 year old attending Dublin Coffman High School as a senior. When she was a sophomore, she started Pufferfish Software to help cure her brother Jason of his severe autism. Her first app, Touch Talking, ended up helping more then just Jason. She got emails from parents around the planet asking for more, so she decided to give them that. It has been 2 years, and now Pufferfish Software has 5 apps for special needs children, and is always working on updates for them. Copyright (C) 2012 Pufferfish Software. 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. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.