5-year-old autistic Alex loves trying out new things, so he responded well to the ABA DrOmnibus therapeutic app.
Alexa is a 5-year-old boy who has autism. We’ve been introduced to him by his therapist who specialises in special needs and behavioural therapy, and uses Applied Behaviour Analysis in her work with children with SEND. Because Alex is interested in new technologies, she decided that joining the DrOmnibus observation project would be an excellent idea. The project involves a cooperation between parents, teachers and therapists, who take advantage of the DrOmnibus Inclusive Education app to foster children’s success and allow them to develop, use their potential, learn independence and, as a result, to be happy.
Alex shows many behaviours that are characteristic for autism spectrum disorders, such as tactile stimulation, vocalisation (when surprised, Alex starts repeating the English alphabet or singing songs) or direct echolalia. During therapy, he often shows challenging behaviours, such as hitting himself or running away when he wants to stop doing a task.
How did Alex respond to the app?
Alex has taken part in tablet-assisted therapy before. He enjoys such exercises very much. All you have to tell him is, ‘Alex! Here’s something new!’, says his therapist. She noticed that Alex doesn’t show undesired behaviours while he’s using the app. That was what prompted her to start working.
‘Alex is entranced by the app. He can do exercises about digits or shapes on his own for a quarter of an hour with no challenging behaviours or echolalia. He follows the tasks the app gives him, and doesn’t allow anyone to approach him because he wants to work on his own. He’s very focused. The app is a reward in itself for him – he doesn’t treat playing it as work. His favourite game is The Drums’, says the therapist.
She contacted us with Alex’s mother. Check our blog soon to read her story and get to know her first impressions after her son had started working with the app at home.