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PandaPal - iPad App for Autism
Panda Pal - Autism Communication System is an iPad App designed by a Speech Pathologist. Panda Pal improves language development and helps facilitate communication for children with speech & language ...
 
 
 
Panda Pal - Autism Communication System is a Photo Exchange System for the iPad and Android, specifically designed by Kim Scott, M.S., CCC-SLP certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
 
This system improves language development and helps facilitate communication for children with speech & language impairments.
 
Panda Pal is designed to be modified to meet your child’s individual needs. Panda Pal uses real photos and an adorable gender neutral panda bear, who is your child’s pal to help them communicate throughout their day!
 
PandaPal includes 3 App's in one:Augmentative and Alternative Communication System (AAC), "Schedule Board" and "First & Then."
 










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Home Page
Home Page
The app comes with 12 sample categories, however the user can add as many categories as they would like and/or replace the current categories with their own personal photos. When a category is touched it will go to that specific page. For example by touching the apple icon on the "Food" page you will be taken to the food page so the child can communicate about desirable food items.
Sample Sentence of "Food"
PandaPal comes preloaded with an assortment of concept icons, photos of common objects and verbs, and audio recordings. In order to form sentences, all you need to do is tap (or tap-and-hold) the icon you want to add to the sentence, and it is placed in the Sentence Bar ar the bottom of screen. Once the sentence is complete the child taps on the sentence strip and it will "speak" it verbally. *Kim has noticed that this feature actually has been shown to improve speech production by providing a consistent model for children to repeat.
Sample Sentence of "Food"
Large Icon Size
Large Icon Size
Its easy to modify icon size to fit your child's specific needs. The large icon size is appropriate for early language learners or visually impaired and/or children with fine motor difficulties. *Kim was inspired to designed this feature for her clients with Cerebral Palsy and children beginning to use PECS.
Small Icon Size
This is a sample of the "small icons" on the Clothing page. Smaller icon size is more appropriate for more advanced language learners.
Small Icon Size
Feelings Page
Feelings Page
Its important for children to express their feelings and emotions. That is why Kim designed a page that allows your child to express their true feelings by touching the appropriate photo. *You can personalize this by adding your own photos!
Touch and Hold
PandaPal also includes an innovative Touch-And-Hold feature that is aimed at preventing small hands from unintentionally tapping the wrong icon. When this feature is turned on, it requires that you touch and hold the intended icon for 1.3 seconds, as displayed by a progress meter, before activation occurs.This prevents errors and allows the user to communicate with intention and its an excellent tool for children with fine motor difficulties. *In this photo you see a blue circle (progress meter) being shown as the icon is being touched and held.
Touch and Hold
Drop Down Menu
Drop Down Menu
The Basics menu allows you to quickly get at icons that you use frequently. This menu is accessible from the colored icon in the upper-left of the app, and comes pre-loaded with some common terms such as numbers, shapes, letters and colors.
Schedule Board
The Schedule allows you to create an ordered sequence of concepts, such as the events that will occur during the day, then play them back. You can add any icon or category as an item in the Schedule. You can also get creative and add sequencing stories and personal events! This also has "data collection" so you can save your schedules and reload them when necessary.
Schedule Board
Data collection
Data collection
Now for the first time users can save a sentence created by their child and track their progress! This is an excellent way for Teachers, Speech Therapist and parents to collaborate on progress and goal writing!
First & Then Board
The First & Then feature is like a mini-schedule with two items. It allows you to clearly communicate that one event must come before another (e.g. "Read your book" and then you can "blowing bubbles").
First & Then Board
Color background
Color background
PandaPal offers 65 different background colors to choose from! This helps your child feel more comfortable using the app when they can choose the color!
Kids LOVE PandaPal!!
PandaPal has given a voice to children all over the world. PandaPal is a very user friendly App and children absolutely adore the panda!
Kids LOVE PandaPal!!
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Let's Talk Autism - April 18th, 2012
Shannon and Nancy discuss the latest autism news and are later joined by special guest Kim Scott, creator of Panda Pal, an app company for the iPad. Autism Live is a production of the Center for A...
 
 

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