Friday, October 28, 2011

iPad & Apps for autism - Interesting resources.

Good Friday everyone! A colleague sent me this video I thought I would share [CBS News - 60 minutes] and the transcript [Here]. Here is another resources for Special Education (authored by: Eric Sailers & based on a list by Samuel Sennott, Eric Sailers, & David Niemeijer [See PDF file here].

Sylvain Roy, Ph.D.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog update: iPhone Rehabilitation Program

I have been working on a brain injury rehabilitation project at the Community Head Injury Resource Services (CHIRS) in Toronto, Canada. We have been using iPhones to help clients with memory and other cognitive impairments (see Dr. Richards lecture on the Memory Link Program [here]). We are expanding the project and using the devices to compensate for other cognitive impairments.

As part of this initiative, we are even offering Canadian tax credit for iPhone donations.  If you would like to know more about our new iPhone program please feel free to contact me or check out ad [here].

Monday, October 10, 2011

iOS App Review: The Questions App by Dr. Martindale

From a clinical point of view, this app can help individuals gain insight (and identify potential sources of conflict) into their relationships by asking basic questions everyone probably should ask themselves before making a serious commitment. It has the potential to transform vague feelings into clear ideas.  It can also be used as a relationship builder (a sort of game) for those who have been together for sometime. This could potentially be used with high functioning individuals during therapy.

The app itself is well designed and uncluttered and  also has the ability to share the results to Facebook or by Email (which could be useful if thought of more as a game). As a clinician, I would like to see additional features to protect private information such as password protection (this goes for all the apps dealing with sensitive data). Overall, however, I think the app does what it says it will: It increases self awareness and provides insight about your relationships. If you are a psychologist, have you assessed its utility in your clinic?

The Questions App is based on Dr. Martindale's work which can be found on her website [here]
It can be purchased from the app store for $3.99 [here]

Sylvain Roy, Ph.D.
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