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Autism iHelp wh questions is an app that focuses on comprehension on a variety of wh questions such as who, what, when and where. The app asks a question verbally and/or in text format and provides a multiple choice in picture format where the child has to select the correct response.
What we think
The app is based upon Blank Level questioning which was developed by Marion Blank, a Psychologist who studied children’s language development. Speech Pathologists use this Blank level questioning to assess and facilitate a child’s receptive language/comprehension skills.
The app has a simple homepage and is easy to navigate and then click through each question. You can choose to have the app read the question and/or have the question displayed in text format.
The app needs to be purchased to be able to access a larger variety of questions.
The questions involved in the app are of a western culture specific context.
The app verbally tells the individual when the answer is incorrect until a correct answer is selected. The app provides verbal praise when the answer is correct. There are no other motivators to select the correct answer.
The individual is required to tap the response on the screen. An adult could help with this if needed.
You can adjust the app to include the options for 2, 3 or 4 possible answers. You can also chose to have the question read out in audio format or you can have it in audio format and text. You are restricted to the questions and answers that are provided on the screen. The app also shows a simple progress report to see the average of the child’s progress over the previous 3 performances.
Motivators other than verbal praise for the correct answer.
Asking wh questions with a range of different information styles e.g. picture scenes, short stories, videos etc.
The multiple choice option can be scaffolded to anywhere between 2-4 possible answers depending on the child’s need.