I want children with autism
to reach their full potential.

Infiniteach

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    During ethnographic interviews in homes, we saw parents spending a lot of time creating and customizing learning tools for their children. They also told us they wanted to know more about what their kids were doing in school, and even wished for homework to keep their child occupied and enhance their development.

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    We also shadowed special education teachers in their classrooms. Teachers too spent a lot of time creating and customizing learning tools for their students, and they struggled to communicate progress effectively to parents. However, very few had any semblance of a curriculum, and what resources they had did not include or require homework.

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    The strategy for the Skill Champ iPad app came together around the concept of “continuity of learning.” With one tool, teachers and parents could customize activities, track progress and communicate homework, from school to home and back. Here, our team gathered feedback and prioritized features with a group of special ed teachers.

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    Children with autism often become really interested in certain topics—maybe cats, or trains—and lessons go better if they revolve around a child’s particular passions. The final app allows teachers to create work sessions with more than two dozen themes related to a child’s exact interests.

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    We paid particularly close attention to the interaction design, because children with autism thrive under consistent rules. For example, all interactions across 20 games move from left to right, inspiring comfort and confidence in the child.

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    Our app collects data on each session, so parents and teachers can track student progress, and the tool can increase the level of difficulty as each child learns.

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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.”

Katie Hench, Infiniteach

Outcomes

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.