Apps gain new appreciation during National Autism Acceptance Month.
Champaign, Illinois, April 3, 2013 — For most of us, Autism Acceptance Day is an annual event. For Shannon Des Roches Rosa, it’s just her life. Her wonderful 12-year old autistic son Leo and the instant connection he made with his iPad have made her a tireless autism parenting and iPad advocate — and a vocal fan of the apps that help kids like Leo learn and play.
Earlier this week, the popular blogger and senior editor of Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism marked the start of National Autism Acceptance Month by posting her thoughts on the best apps for autism. And while there are a lot of great apps that she likes, Rosa reserved special praise for app developers like Spinlight Studio for making apps that are “not just fun but beautifully and intuitively designed,” adding “my kids can jump right into all their apps and start playing (from their perspective) and learning (from mine).”
It’s not the first time Spinlight has earned top marks from the autistic community. The UltimateAutismGuide.com puts AlphaTots Alphabet and TallyTots Counting on their short list of 13 recommended apps, while Gary James, another popular voice for autistic children, has reviewed several Spinlight titles on his website, a4cwsn.com. But according to Spinlight’s CEO and Co-Founder, Matt Hutton, it’s the heart-felt emails from everyday parents that inspire his company to continue making great apps for kids.
A few weeks ago, the entire Spinlight team received one of those emails, with a subject line that simply read “Thank you from the parent of an autistic child.” In it, the father of a six-year-old boy named Bodie described how Geography Drive USA had helped a son “struggling but surviving his way through first grade” learn all of the state flags and how they’re leveraging the game to expand his world. “There are a lot of games, apps, how-tos, etc. out there for all kids,” he wrote. “I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for developing one that has allowed an autistic child to connect with learning and age-appropriate activities that will help him in school, and in life.”
While delighted with the response they’ve received, Hutton says he was initially surprised by Spinlight’s success in special education. “We didn’t set out to make apps for autistic children. We just made apps for kids that were fun, educational and intuitive to play, and they connected.”
Ultimately, parents like Shannon Des Roches Rosa and Gary James would love to see the day when their kids are all treated not as different or special — just appreciated for who they are. “It’s important for you to accept and then help other people understand that autistic people like my son are your fellow human beings,” Rosa wrote in a recent BlogHer.com post. “Put compassion and understanding first. Stop thinking about autistic people with pity, or fear — and they may stop thinking about you that way as well. And the world will be a better place.”
To learn more about AlphaTots, TallyTots, Geography Drive USA or other great apps for Autism Acceptance Month visit Spinlight.com. Or, to see Rosa’s complete list of recommended apps for autism, visit her site www.squidalicious.com.
About Spinlight Studio
Spinlight Studio is an award-winning educational app developer and publisher that passionately believes learning should be fun. Since 2011, the company has released 15 best-selling titles for the iOS, Android and Mac OS platforms, creating apps that children love and parents appreciate for their strong educational value. Spinlight has earned numerous Parents’ Choice Awards, ON for Learning honors and a Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award for a long list of titles covering math, reading, geography and more. Critically acclaimed for their unique blend of education and entertainment, Spinlight apps have been featured in USA Today, Us Weekly and on national news shows, including Fox News and the NBC Today Show.