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Autism 5-Point Scale EP tech app

Authors: Autism Society of MN and MN Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities


The Autism Help App for iPhone assists individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other disabilities to communicate with first responders in a variety of emergency situations. This app is based on the 5-Point Scale created by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis, AAPC Publishing. The app helps individuals act, react and interact quickly in emergency situations; and can help facilitate interactions for a “safe” outcome for both the individual and first responder.

Using the 5 Point Scale, individuals can take appropriate steps to be safe without the need to be verbal. On the first screen, levels are color-coded with different facial expressions. For example, choosing a “1” may mean “I have a scratch on my leg and need a band-aid.” Choosing a “5” may mean “I’m lost and can’t find my parents! I need a policeman.” Autism Help can be customized to fit an individual’s needs.

Levels of “emergencies”, photos and responses can be individualized for each family. Photos of different emergency responders can be taken with your local First Responders so that the individual will recognize them. Adding a mother's or father's voice gives the individual immediate recognition to do something to be safe (“go to your safe place”).

Autism Help can also be utilized as a learning tool to help individuals with ASD and other disabilities learn to interact depending upon the severity of the emergency.

The Autism Society of Minnesota, AuSM® with grant funds from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, has developed this app to support their mission of helping families by enhancing the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders through education, support, collaboration, and advocacy.

The app is available free at the iTunes store - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autism-5-point-scale-ep/id467303313?mt=8

Contact Info:
Organization:MN Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Address:370 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone:(651) 296-4018
Fax:(651) 297-7200
Cost:Free download at the iTunes Store

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Download the app for free from the itunes store

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