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Autism/PDD Compare & Contrast People mobile application

This app was designed to develop a behavior of observing children engaged in ordinary activities.  A concrete set of observation rules provides the ASD learner with a step by step routine to facilitate cognitive development in language and social concepts.  The app uses:

  • Over 100 different screens allowing time for the routine of making observations to become a behavior practiced naturally by the learner.  It is also designed to engage both learner and instructor in reciprocal exchanges of observations

  • Only color photographs depicting children in everyday activities, making it easier to take the app into the community for real life practice 

  • Activities that are easily imitated allowing the learner and another (instructor, peer, or peer model) to participate in the activity for a hands- on language and social learning experience


Learner outcomes

Cognitive development objectives


Instructor objectives

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Goals and Objectives


Learner Outcomes:

  1. The learner lists relevant nouns, verbs and objects in the picture (parts of speech)

  2. The learner identifies the attributes, activity, possession, and environment of the child in the picture

  3. The learner compares and contrasts the attributes, activity, possession, and environment of the child in the picture

  4. The learner categorizes the attributes, activity, possession, and environment of the children in the picture as same or different; lists observable similarities and striking differences; compares to self

  5. The learner analyzes observations and draws inferences and conclusions

  6. The learner demonstrates learning by responding correctly to Wh questions (who, doing what, with what, where, why , and how) about the pictures


Cognitive development objectives:

The learner will:

  1. Look for specific and unique facts to observe important social information about children

  2. Develop concrete concepts (nouns, pronouns, verbs, objects, places, and sentence structure) 

  3. Use the process of sorting attributes to categorize similarities and differences in children, their actions, possessions and environment

  4. Follow a linear procedure to apply learned skills in each new step

  5. Develop deeper reasoning skills


Instructor Objectives:

  1. To help the learner create a systematic checklist to observe and analyze relevant social information regarding people, their observable actions and possible intentions

  2. To train the learner to draw conclusions and inferences based on their analysis of people’s observable social behavior

  3. To teach the learner a large working vocabulary associated with each observable social behavior; interpersonal and intrapersonal social language; a deeper understanding of language concepts


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