My Day With WH Words app aims to help children with autism

Something that’s been under-reported in 2011 is the way apps are becoming an important resource for parents of children with autism and other special needs, especially when they act as a tool to help those children develop their communication skills.

My Day With WH Words is the latest example. It’s available for iPhone and iPad (and Android too), and is described as “a social story and speech tool for autism, Down Syndrome and other special needs” on the App Store.

“My Day with WH Words includes a social story about talking about one’s day, and a simple visual support for ‘WH’ questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How). The story focuses on why it’s important to tell people about your day, and what each different WH questions means,” explains its App Store listing.

The idea is to teach children question comprehension in an unstressful way, aided by clear, colourful cartoons and the text (or ‘social stories’) explaining what’s going on. The app costs £1.99 and runs across iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It’s the work of Touch Autism, a two-person developer in the US, who have several other apps available.

We’d like to write more about apps for children with special needs on Apps Playground in 2012, so if you’re a developer making them – or a parent using them – please do chime in with a comment and recommendations for other apps we should look at.

One thought on “My Day With WH Words app aims to help children with autism

  1. TalkingWizard says:

    Hi Stuart,
    Great to read that you’ll be looking at apps for children with special needs in 2012 -it really is an area that is taking off for teachers, therapists ans parents alike. We are 2 speech therapists who work with children with autism and other communication disorders and have developed an app that helps children develop language comprehension skills in a fun and interactive way. It’s called Splingo’s Language Universe and has received lots of amazing feedback from parents, speech therapists and special needs teachers in the UK and in the US. It’s available in the app store and we’d love you to take a look at it. Let us know if you need a promo code!
    Many thanks

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