FindMe is an app made specifically for young children with autism, which focuses on teaching simple social skills. Developed specifically for ASD children ages 18 months and older, FindMe presents various scenarios in which users will have to find and point out a human cartoon character amidst various distractions. As levels progress, there will be more distractions present — such as butterflies, trees, and flowers — tasking users to focus on finding and clicking the cartoon character amidst the other objects in the scene. Since the app is designed with young children in mind, no reading or language skills are required, making FindMe recommended to children to ages 2 to 10.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
FindMe requires users to hold their attention on each scene, particularly as the people become more difficult to find and the number of distractions increases. Each scenario presents distractions that must be ignored, tasking users with concentrating on finding the character rather than shifting attention to the toys, flowers, or animals that appear around the scene. While FindMe is very simple in nature, the main goal of the app is to remain focused and sustain attention until the person has been found.
Managing our actions, feelings and behaviors.
As each scene becomes more difficult, frustration may arise when users don't immediately succeed. Becoming discouraged may cause users to give up, or lose interest. Once frustrated, it is easier to become distracted by the various objects set up in each scene, which may lead to even more discouragement. Users should understand that the game is supposed to become harder, and difficulties are expected. By staying calm, users can monitor their emotions and actions. Recognizing when feelings of frustration begin to arise will help users understand when to take a step back and cool off. If users don't remain calm, they may become discouraged and fail to progress through the more advanced levels of FindMe.
To get the most out of your child's time with FindMe, read below for ideas on how to make use of the app, and feel free to share your own thoughts in the comment section below.
Recognizing and remaining attentive with other individuals in social settings can be difficult for many ASD kids. Incorporate FindMe into your child's daily routine in order to solidify and test out her social attention skills on a regular basis. FindMe gives kids an opportunity to develop their social attention skills at a young age, empowering them to focus on people in a room rather than being distracted by the environment or new surroundings. By using FindMe before or after social engagements where she'll be interacting with others, your child can learn to hone her focus skills for extended periods of time, especially as she uses the game longer and gets to more difficult levels.
FindMe gives your child the ability to manage feelings of frustration or trepidation toward social settings. Ask your child to try to recognize when such feelings begin to arise -- whether she's feeling aggravated, distracted, or anxious -- and use FindMe as a tool to reassure her of her own Self-Control skills. The more she uses FindMe, the more comfortable she'll become recognizing and interacting with individuals when she's in the real world. Encourage and reward her when she uses FindMe successfully, and monitor her Self-Control skills as she progresses further into the more challenging levels of the game. Starting with small interactions -- like a friend or family member visiting -- you can draw connections between the app and real life, asking her to similarly attend to the real people she interacts with daily.
One of the largest challenges of young children with ASD is overcoming issues involving the disconnect between people and the surrounding social experience. It can be difficult for ASD kids to focus more on nearby people over objects, toys, or other parts of the environment. FindMe provides a way for children with ASD to understand the differences between the world around them and the people they interact with. This is the first step to helping ASD kids communicate better with others. The more comfortable they become attending to others, the more likely they are to learn and grow from social experiences. Try the simple tips below when using FindMe with a child with ASD.
How to Use FindMe for Kids with ASD:
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