Camp Discovery is a large and comprehensive collection of learning games specifically designed for those in the Autism spectrum. It is based on a proven curriculum developed over 25 years by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.
The app currently has 21 learning games with 29 more coming soon. The games are divided into five areas or, as my son likes to call it, camp sites: Camp Discovery, Pebble Cove, Pointy Peaks, Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge. Each camp site holds ten games. The games in Camp Discovery are numbers, letters, colors, shapes, body parts, emotions, objects, actions, locations and community helpers. In Pebble Cove, the games include Plurals, WH-Discrimination, What Goes With, Features, Gender, Functions, Quantitative Comparisons, Counting and Quantities and Prepositions. There is currently only one game (Categories) available in Pointy Peaks but it will soon have Sound Discrimination, Money, Describe, Daily Activities, Attributes, Telling Time, Opposites, Negation and Sight Words. Ten more learning games each are planned for Pine Tree Point and Enoki Ridge.
Gameplay is very simple. First, choose a game/topic. Then, choose the learning method (matching, sorting or receptive identification). A preference assessment is then conducted by showing children six choices of reinforcements for correct responses. They can choose any or all of the reinforcers and as often as they wish to determine the frequency. After the preference assessment, the learning game begins.
Camp Discovery uses evidence-based teaching strategies such as reinforcement, errorless learning and appropriate prompting to help every child succeed. Children are first presented with the individual target picture cards. An audio explains what each picture card stands for and prompts the child to click on it. After several successful repetitions, the child is then presented with two picture cards and is asked to choose the correct card. The level of difficulty gradually increases as more answer cards are presented. A mini game is presented as a reward for completing a game and the child can play for a total of one minute. There are four mini games to choose from: balloon pop, fireworks, shapes and flappy bird.
The app has a settings menu that is meant to be accessed only by the parent or teacher. In order to get into the settings menu, a multiplication question must be answered. In the settings menu are several options to customize the game. Lessons can be tailored by selecting specific targets to teach. The number of rounds required before playing a mini game and before re-administering the preference assessment can both be set from 1 to 10. Finally, the amount of time the preference assessment is administered can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 seconds. You can also mute the music in you wish.
There is a player menu on the top left of the screen that is also accessible by answering a multiplication question. Parents and teachers can set up multiple player accounts and view student progress, like how many targets have been mastered for each lesson. Each player also has a code or game token. This token is used to restore a player’s profile should it be deleted by accident or to restore it in another device.
This app appealed to my son who has autism and who is a visual, oral and kinesthetic learner. I find it to be an excellent tool for teaching him but there are a couple of things I would like to see in future updates. First, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time a child is given to pick their answer. Some children may need just a little extra time to think of the correct answer. Second, I would like to be able to customize the amount of time given for playing the mini games as each child may have less or more attention span than another.
Overall, I find this app very intuitive. It is an invaluable resource for teaching children, whether or not they are in the Autism spectrum. There is a free lite version of this app with two playable games and I recommend checking it out. I found this to be a very worthy investment and you may too.
Camp Discovery for Autism
by PixelAtion Labs
Category: Education, Family, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 325.84 MB
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