Brain Parade was designed by See.Touch.Learn. for use with autistic or other children with special needs. The app is a highly customizable picture learning system that aims to replace traditional picture cards, a tool frequently used when following the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach to treatment for autism.
See.Touch.Learn. is designed so that even a parent without a lot of experience can easily create a lesson. To begin touch “Getting Started,” a detailed tutorial on how to use the app’s three main components: exercises, lessons, and libraries. The tutorial clearly explains how to create a lesson, as well as how to add and manage additional lessons.
See.Touch.Learn. was recently updated to include an Audio Pack that now lets a user customize the audio for a lesson, which is available in-app for $2.99. To purchase the Audio Pack touch the microphone prompt once inside the app, and the app will allow you to download it.
The lessons that are included with the app can be used to create additional lessons. For example, the included lesson “A and B” could be repeated to cover the entire alphabet, or edited to focus on particular letters that a child was struggling to remember. Simply duplicate the lesson and then edit it to your own specifications. User-created lessons can also easily be deleted or shared via email.
In Libraries, the user can preview and purchase additional images of many common items, such as foods, body parts, and money, as well as Dolch sight words from pre-primer through third grade. Each library comes with a few included lessons designed by a certified behavior analyst. Because a user can see all of the images before purchasing a card pack, it is clear exactly what you are getting.
See.Touch.Learn. is available to download for free in the App Store. Additional libraries and lessons are available to purchase in-app, and range from $0.99 to $2.99.
What I liked: See.Touch.Learn. can be customized to meet the needs of an individual child. As a parent I can appreciate the app’s focus on images that help children improve language in areas where it matters daily: food and basic anatomy. I did not use the app with a special needs child, though I think it would also be appropriate to use for pre-schoolers in a general education setting since it reinforces basic concepts such as letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.
What I didn’t like: I liked everything about See.Touch.Learn. Normally I do not favor in-app purchasing, but for See.Touch.Learn. having the extra libraries available as in-app purchases helps keep the basic app free, and allows users to pay only for the content they need.
To buy or not to buy: The app is free to download, though the standard card library is limited, it is large enough to introduce parents and educators to the app. Anyone who plans to use the app on a regular basis will need to purchase additional card sets at a cost of $ 0.99 – 2.99 each.