The Benjamin Franklin award is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing.
To be considered for the award was an honor, to be a finalist is just amazing; to win the award would be the ultimate recognition of hard work and dedication.
There’s a tremendous amount of work that goes into the Apps for Autism book. I say goes in, even though the book is finished and published, because work has been on going on the companion website that will be launched in the coming months.
The website will keep the book up to date by continually reviewing and adding the latest iPad and iPhone apps along with techniques as they apply to the special needs community.
Purchasers of the book will be able to log in and get the latest iPad, iPhone app reviews. The website will also have a forum where parents, teachers and therapists can share experiences, ask questions and share ideas and personal stories.
With so many apps for the iPad and iPhone continually coming into the market our goal is to show case those that are particularly effective in the area of interest, whether it’s communication, social, behavioral or learning fun.
Many of the apps are similar in function and purpose; however, they are different in the details like, characters, colors, and sequence and user friendliness. No big deal to many of us, but for someone on the spectrum it may be the difference between having a session that is engaging and productive and a frustrating session where the student wants to do anything and everything but engage.
We put the apps through their paces on daily basis with many students of varying abilities and goals. This allows us to tease out the most effective apps and show case them in the “Apps for Autism” book and soon on the website.
Although the apps show cased work with many students there will always be exceptions. If there weren’t, it would be a perfect world and there is no such place.
I’m always looking for suggestions, ideas and success stories that I can share with the community. Feel free to leave a comment.