TOBY Playpad: An exciting new learning platform
We created a portable platform that delivers early intervention therapy to children with autism, using multi-touch interfaces on an iPad. It delivers stimuli of increasing complexity and adapts to a child's performance over time.
The platform weaves natural environment tasks with iPad tasks, so the learning platform integrates early intervention into the child's daily life.
We developed this work as a app that can be used as an adaptive early intervention program for children with autism. It monitors each child’s performance and adjusts lessons accordingly. The app is distributed through the iTunes store and is being used by children worldwide.
Impact of TOBY Playpad on autism
Parent feedback tells us that, thanks to TOBY, children are learning new social, cognitive and sensory skills.
The technology won the 2011 Curtin University Commercialisation award.
My three-year-old was non-verbal (except for ‘no!’) and couldn't imitate, match or sort. With TOBY I finally had some direction. Now my son can imitate, knows his colours and shapes, and can match. He's also starting to approximate words. A BIG thank you to the TOBY people! We're so excited by our son’s progress and thankful to have been on this trial!"
Associate Professor Dinh Phung is leading the efforts in developing new methods for assistive technologies including autism.
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