Dad creates app to tackle autism

Southend Standard: Ian Jones with daughter Nieve Ian Jones with daughter Nieve

A CREATIVE dad has designed a new app to tackle autism after he was inspired by his nine-year-old daughter.

Ian Jones started designing computer games with his brother for the Commodore 64 and Omega when he was just 15.

Now he has launched a pioneering reading application for Apple’s popular iPad that aims to help parents and teachers of autistic or dyslexic children or those with learning difficulties.

He was inspired to create it as his daughter Nieve has autism.

Ian, of Western Road, Leigh, said: ”The idea came to me when I was trying to read to her at bedtime.

“Nieve loves books, but struggles with words. Because she has autism she is very good with visual things and memories, but words are like Japanese to her.

“I suddenly realised that Nieve was more able to follow the story when there was a concrete association between the words and a related image.

“The app is about creating an association with things through pictures.

“I had searched the app store for something like this, but it was all picture cards for communication.

“I designed it on the principle that you can add images or videos to words, helping Nieve make the connection.”

Parents can create a storyboard with familiar pictures or videos assigned to words.

The child is then able to follow a story by either reading the words, or by seeing the image acting as a clue and then triggering the memory of the word.

Ian, a website designer by profession, said: “The app uses advanced text to speech technology, which allows the book content to be read out loud when appropriate.

“The user can also click the individual words to hear them spoken. This is done by Nieve’s friend Jena.”

The Visual Reading app comes with seven built in stories and is priced at £2.99.

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4:44pm Wed 7 Aug 13

maddriver says...

What a great idea for anyone who has autism in their family. Well done and I shall certainly be giving this reasonably priced app. a try.
What a great idea for anyone who has autism in their family. Well done and I shall certainly be giving this reasonably priced app. a try. maddriver
  • Score: 9

7:11pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Southend Andy says...

Great idea, my son has autism but unfortunately we don't have an iPad, hope a Android version can. be dibe.done
Great idea, my son has autism but unfortunately we don't have an iPad, hope a Android version can. be dibe.done Southend Andy
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Wed 7 Aug 13

EarthAngel Ric says...

I went to school with Ian and can honestly say he has and always will be a t top chap :)
I went to school with Ian and can honestly say he has and always will be a t top chap :) EarthAngel Ric
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Sat 10 Aug 13

catbrat48 says...

What is the name of this app on the ITunes store?
What is the name of this app on the ITunes store? catbrat48
  • Score: 3

3:23am Sun 11 Aug 13

bassgirl24 says...

what is the name of this app please?
what is the name of this app please? bassgirl24
  • Score: 1

3:25am Sun 11 Aug 13

bassgirl24 says...

What is the name of this app please?
What is the name of this app please? bassgirl24
  • Score: 0

9:45pm Wed 14 Aug 13

abdoabdo says...

I have an ipad but I can not buy . Is there any one for free
I have an ipad but I can not buy . Is there any one for free abdoabdo
  • Score: -1

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