App: Casey’s Big Day
Developer: Ruby Cube, Inc.
Price: $3.99 Download Casey’s Big Day – Social Language Skills
Category: Social Story / Reading App
Making new friends, managing loud noises, and self-calming techniques can be challenging for autistic children, including those with high functioning autism (HFA).
But, Ruby Cube, Inc. has combined storytelling with graphics and audio to help children maneuver successfully through specific social scenarios. The parents of a high functioning autistic child used their experience and expertise in speech language and development to create Casey’s Big Day.
This app is the second ebook in the Storysmart Suite. This suite of apps also includes Trudy Goes to the Beach and Ruby Gets in the Game.
Each of these stories introduces likable, quirky characters. Your children are asked to help these characters solve problems and make the best choices for the situation they’re in.
Similar to Trudy Goes to the Beach, you can create a user name and a personalized sound for positive and negative reinforcement. These customized reinforcement sounds will play after a user taps a choice.
You can even let your child record their own voice for the positive and negative sounds. Let them be creative with it!
As the app gets started, children can tap through each chapter. These chapters include different social scenarios.
I love how each story touches on true challenges for high-functioning autistic children. From meeting new friends, to playing on the playground, these situations can be overwhelming for our children.
As mom to an autistic son, I appreciate the expertise that went into each chapter. I can see the developer’s experience shine through because my family can relate to the social scenarios presented in the app!
My son even came over to see what I was doing as I used the app, and he loved it. (He has asked to read it again tomorrow.)
Within each chapter, kids have to choose the best phrase that makes sense for the given situation.
When they tap the blue text, a pop-up window full of options appears.
If they choose a good option, the positive reinforcement sound plays. If they choose an option that doesn’t fit, the negative sound plays.
The help icon in the bottom toolbar provides an overview of each area of the screen. I strongly recommend reviewing this, as it can be very helpful while using the app.
Expertise Abounds in This High Functioning Autism App
I highly recommend this app because of the expertise used to create it. We completely relate to every scenario!
Each story will keep kids engaged while also teaching them how to handle social situations that they may face on a daily basis.
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