Children with autism succeed best when parents and teachers work together as a team. But both sides of that team are often incredibly low on time and resources. We helped Infiniteach design a tool to give kids with autism the specialized education they need while building stronger bridges between home and school.
Greater Good Studio not only designed our first app, they reframed our company’s strategy based on the unmet needs of students, parents and teachers.”
iPad apps have become revolutionary learning tools for children with autism, who often feel more comfortable with screens than people. And children with autism often struggle with generalizing a skill—if they learn it in one place, such as a therapist’s office, they can have a hard time recalling it anywhere other than that therapist’s office.
We designed an app to help bridge this literal gap in learning. When a child with autism practices the exact same skill in multiple places, they start to realize its universality, and the skill becomes internalized.
The app we designed allows teachers to “send” homework home virtually, and parents to “send” it back. If both parties have iPads (which was much more common than we expected), this enables students to experience continuity of learning, where the same skills are practiced at school and home. In turn, students generalize and internalize these skills. This small gesture also proved to be a critical first step in building a true team mentality among the group of adults who care for a child with autism.
Infiniteach’s first app was only the beginning. Based on our research findings, they shifted their company strategy to make continuity of learning a core element of their startup. The organization continues to thrive with these values at the center.