Hundreds of apps claim to benefit the autism community.
Which are the safest to buy?
At HandHold Adaptive, we do more than just release apps — We thoroughly study
our apps in U.S. schools and homes. World-class institutions have performed
independent research to make sure our apps function as intended when used
by those with autism and their caregivers.
This page describes our research projects, partners and publications.
The iPrompts app was given to 29 teachers working with 88 students with autism (aged 5 to 16 years old) over a period of several weeks. Researchers observed teacher-student interactions and scored them using an Observation Rubric. Additionally, focus groups and other measures were used to collect data.
82% of observations identified a positive impact on student behavior with respect to both
on-task behavior and attentiveness
In 87% of observations, students showed keen interest in the technology
100% of teachers felt that iPrompts was not too difficult to set-up
81% of teachers felt there was enough time to set-up iPrompts for use with students
Using a modified version of AutismTrack, Dr. Wood serves as the lead investigator of an Autism Speaks-sponsored study titled “Daily Ratings of ASD Symptoms with Digital Media Devices: An Initial Validity Study”.
The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Youth Top Problems (Weisz et al., 2011) approach adapted for ASD symptoms using digital media devices equipped with AutismTrack software for standardization of administration and consistency of rater response. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
31 teachers used iPrompts on Android for several months.
Before the launch of iPrompts in May, 2009, HandHold Adaptive held a field trial to test the application. To see what iPrompts® Field Trial participants had to say after a two-week trial of the product, press the "play" button on the video below.
Our group consisted of about a dozen people, including parents and therapists of children with varied ability levels (e.g., ASD, ADD/ADHD, Down's syndrome, Fragile X) and ages.