Sunday, January 19, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery

Apps designed for individuals with special needs are often higher in price, but here is another great one for free! Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery uses researched based methods to present practice with difficulty gradually increasing based on successful responses. It includes a preference assessment to guide the reinforcement for each child.

Each activity uses up to three tasks to teach the subject matter, including matching identical and similar pictures, sorting pictures and building receptive understanding. The app is designed for two-year-olds and up.

If you would like to download Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery (FREE, iPad Only), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

External link to website in parent section. No parental lock.

Currently, Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery has only one area, focusing on learning about objects. This area contains four levels of skills: Matching identical objects, matching similar objects, sorting, and receptive tasks. Nine other sections say they are coming soon, including colors, letters, shapes and emotions.

The preference assessment precedes practice levels to drive the reinforcement for a child. It asks the child to click a button. Each button has an animated graphic attached to it. The app uses the ones that a child is drawn to most to use during the practice after correct responses. Parents can set how often to redo the preference assessment.

Mini games can be played after a level has been played. A child will have the choice of balloons, fireworks or shapes for the mini game.

This app is great for any young child and especially for those on the autism spectrum. This is a great app with the currently limited content, and I cannot wait to see what the new activities will include, when they are added.

From iTunes:
Teach your child new skills with Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery! Developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Camp Discovery houses a growing suite of learning games that appeal to children and are approved by parents, teachers and professionals. Based on CARD’s renowned curriculum, Camp Discovery creates fun learning opportunities for children with autism. Camp Discovery is an excellent learning tool for children ages 2 and up.

The teaching procedures used in Camp Discovery were designed by experts in the field of autism and are grounded on evidence-based behavioral principles, including reinforcement and prompting. For correct responses, players receive both visual and auditory reinforcement to keep them motivated and engaged. If a player responds incorrectly, our unique prompting system guides the player to answer correctly. Although Camp Discovery was designed for children with autism, all children can benefit from the carefully developed teaching procedures.


Many unique features set Camp Discovery apart from other children’s learning apps.

- Every Learning Trial Begins with a Preference Assessment
Rewards for correct responses are personalized for each player based on the results of the preference assessment. Keeping with best teaching practices, the preference assessment is administered regularly to keep the game reinforcing as each player is unique and his or her preferences will change.

- Fun Mini Games Motivate Learning
Mini games serve as both a break from learning and an exciting reward for completing rounds.

- Track Your Child’s Progress
Camp Discovery allows you to track your child’s progress across games and generates graphs to show you how much your child is learning.

- Parents Are in Control
Multiple settings can be manipulated by parents in order to personalize the player’s learning experience.


Camp Discovery was developed for the iPad, and the interface was designed for easy use by the player. The games are voice narrated, and responses require dragging and dropping or touching flashcards to be successful.

Heather S. is enjoying her three day weekend!

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