Category Archives: Celebration

Autism on the Hill

1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Early diagnosis and intervention ensures that your child reaches their full potential.

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If you or someone you know is affected by autism, show your support by attending this event on April 1st 2015 from 12:15PM TO 12:45PM. The new 2015 Faces of Autism’ banner will be on display and autism pins will be handed out at noon. Join the conversation using the hastag ‪#‎AutismOnTheHill‬, Follow AutismOnTheHill on Twitter and Like on Facebook.

 

 

1st year Anniversary for Discovering Emotions with Zeely

This time last year Discovering Emotions with Zeely made its debut in the app store. What a year its been. We are actively being used in over 50 countries world wide and this number is growing!!

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Our app was successfully used Steps and Strides in their existing social skills program.

I have been using Zeely adventures emotions app with two different social skills group. One group is with 4 year olds and the other is with 6-10 year olds. Both groups have really enjoyed using this app. They look forward to it and can play it independently or with a friend. This app is simple to use so that the kids can set it up, yet educational so that parents/teachers/therapists can incorporate it into therapy sessions. I would recommend this app to anyone who is looking to teach their child social skills

Caroline George, Special Education Teacher/ASD service provider
Steps and Strides

Common Sense Media gave us 5 stars for ease of play and have a detailed review.

The app’s multidimensional approach with visual, auditory, and kinesthetic tools helps kids understand what feelings are and what facial features look like when someone is sad, disgusted, happy, angry, and so on.

Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media

We have some interesting projects in the works and will have updates once details are finalized.

If you are using Discovering Emotions with Zeely, we would love to hear from you. Tell us how you are using it, what tips and tricks you have to incorporate this into your therapy practice, school or home.

World Autism Awareness Day: Help Spread the Word

imagesAccording to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

It’s been seven years since the United Nations declared April 2 of
every year as World Autism Awareness Day. A lot has changed since then.
The level of awareness of the medical and environmental factors
affecting autism has increased across the globe. In advanced countries,
diagnosis is much easier now compared to developing countries.

This is not to say that things are easier everywhere; the diagnosis
of autism and its management and care are still a big challenge. In
spite of the increase in the level of awareness, the number of children
diagnosed with autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ASD continues to
rise. Experts say this in itself may be due to advances in medicine and
not necessarily proof that more children come down with autism.

Certain facts have come to light, for instance, according to autismspeaks.org,
older people are likely to give birth to children with ASD than younger
ones. Scientists say there are both genetic and social reasons behind
this. Studies have also shown that taking folic acid or a diet rich in
folic acid in the months before and after conception decreases the
chances of giving birth to a child with ASD.

Treatment & Management

Children with ASD are no different from others. In fact, most of the
movers and shakers of the world of business, sciences and the arts have
ASD diagnosis earlier in their lives. Well known people like Mozart, Temple Grandin and Dan Aykroyd were diagnosed with various forms of autism, yet they went ahead to impact society in very positive ways.

The key to dealing with autism properly is early diagnosis. People
with ASD may find social interaction difficult and have trouble with
verbal and non-verbal communication, but some are specially gifted in
solving mathematical equations. So, don’t give up and find ways to work
with children in the way they understand.

On this day, let us spare a thought for people with ASD and give a
helping hand to parents raising children with the condition by giving to
causes that support them. Happy World Autism Awareness Day!

Discovering Emotions with Zeely is an innovative therapy app that
helps children with autism, ASD and Aspergers learn to recognize facial
expressions and emotions.

In honour of World Autism Awareness Day, we are making Discovering Emotions with Zeely for iPad free in the App Store, so head over there and download a copy today, and let us know what you think!

Socks Stand for Solidarity on World Down Syndrome Day

shutterstock_130699232Hello Spring! May we ask you not to march Old Man Winter off just yet? We can
use some of that cold for a good cause. This year, as we mark the ninth
anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, attention is focused on people living with Down Syndrome and those who live and work with them.

The global solidarity message this year is to keep your feet in lots
of socks. Keep your feet warm for a good cause and let them help to
spread a message of care and enlightenment.

This year’s theme “Health and Wellbeing – Access and Equality for
All” reminds us of why we need to spread the message that people with
Down Syndrome need our enlightenment to live fulfilled lives.

Down Syndrome is a genetic condition, and with the correct diagnosis
and accurate, evidence-based information, most people with Down Syndrome
live normal, active and productive lives. It is important that parents,
teachers and health care professionals know how to help these people
reach their life goals.

Along
with this year’s celebration comes a unique tool that does just that.
Studies have shown that people with Down Syndrome have difficulty

Discovering Emotions with Zeely as seen in iTunes

Discovering Emotions with Zeely as seen in iTunes

processing facial expressions such as surprise and fear. Discovering
Emotions with Zeely is an iPad app that helps people with Down Syndrome
learn to better recognize facial expressions. You heard right – there’s
an app for that!

The app is an education tool that helps parents, educators and
therapists working with children with special needs. It is a unique tool
that collates data and helps parents or caregivers monitor the child’s
progress either in school, in the therapy environment or at home.

To mark World Down Syndrome Day, we are making Discovering Emotions with Zeely free to download on March 21.

You can download the app for free here. 

Don’t forget to share the love by wearing lots of socks today and
remember – “Health and Wellbeing – Access and Equality for All”.