Skill Champ is an app designed specifically for early learners and children on the autism spectrum. Its combination of ten themes and ten lesson types makes for 100 unique exercises with which to challenge younger kids and kids with ASD and other executive function disorders. Created specifically for parents and educators to build or choose lessons for kids, it includes a printable curriculum of worksheets and real-world activities. Kids can be set to work on the following skills: “put in,” “put on,” picture matching, letter matching, finding numbers, color concepts, big and little, happy and sad, A/B pattern completion, and inset puzzles. Themes include vehicles, princess, zoo, food, farm, and ocean, among others, allowing for the formation of exercises tailored to a child’s specific interests. With gorgeous photographic images and simplistic educational gameplay, Skill Champ is appropriate for children as young as 4.
The beauty of an app that allows for a certain amount of customization is that it can be tailored to the particular needs of a child. It isn’t always easy to get a child to sit down and work on certain skills, but Skill Champ helps parents and educators entice children with themes that play to their interests. While a child is immersed in a train-themed lesson, they’re focusing on building skills and understanding beyond that particular interest. The inclusion of a simple counter at the bottom of each exercise allows children to maintain their efforts on the task at hand without wondering when the lesson will end, which can also help ease transitions from one activity to another.
Skill Champ’s benefit to a child’s self-control is multifaceted. Not only can the aforementioned counter that displays the number of problems left in a lesson assist in helping a child with larger issues of self-control—improving impulse control and thinking about the future—but all of Skill Champ’s exercises call upon a certain amount of motor control. Kids must drag and drop images from the left half of the screen into the correct positions on the right, with varying degrees of accuracy required.
Another benefit to the themed lesson approach of Skill Champ is that it can help a child recognize the particulars of their own learning process, empowering them to find ways to learn in the future that work for them. For younger children learning about emotions and children on the autism spectrum who have difficulty reading facial cues, specific—if simplistic—practice comes in the form of the “Happy/Sad” exercise. Photos of men, women, and children are displayed, one happy face and one sad face per screen, and children must match the face to the emotion.
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