We here at Disability Tek were fortunate enough to recently speak to Alex Pavtoulov – Chief of making stuff work from Ola Mundo. Millions of families around the world struggle to communicate with their children who have ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The Team from Ola Mundo, Portuguese for ‘Hello World’ have created an intuitive app that connects parents and children through ‘Socky’. This app helps remove social barriers for children who communicate non-verbally by using illustrations and multiple-choice questions. A parent can ask a question through a simple, one click interface. Parents type in the question, choose possible appropriate answers and send. The child can then choose the answer they like best.
‘Socky’ can be customised to adapt to an individualised child’s needs to become any of a child’s favourite characters. Overtime it can measure a child’s progress and help them express their thoughts and feelings, unlocking their true potential. Overtime a child’s communication will develop and relationships will grow.
‘Socky’ is available free on Android and IOS and can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. This app needs to be downloaded on two separate devices as it has both a parent and child version. The parent version may be downloaded on an iphone for example and the child’s version on an ipad, which then creates the platform for communication. Further extensions of the app are coming soon, these will have exciting implications for both therapists and teachers, watch this space, we will keep you posted!