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Language Builder App

Building Language: What Does the Research Say?

Think of a weekend visit to a park swarming with children. Kids playing soccer, kids swinging on the monkey bars, kids talking a mile a minute, kids climbing the jungle gym. Chances are a few of those kids have autism, a condition that affects 1 in 68 people. These kids have difficulties with their social communication, and often have restricted interests or repetitive patterns of behaviour.

Updated on 6/30/16 3:41 PM

Updated by Hayley Vininsky, M.S., BCBA on 6/30/16 3:41 PM

Language Builder App

Autism Technology

Language Builder from Stages App Updates!

The Language Builder from Stages app was released earlier this year to high praise from long-time Stages Learning Materials customers who were looking for a digital companion to the paper flash cards they love. The app has now been used in classrooms, clinics, and homes throughout the United States, and teachers, therapists, and parents have provided us with invaluable input about improvements to make the Language Builder app even better. Stages Learning Materials is happy to announce that version 1.1 has just been released for both the Basic and Pro versions with this customer feedback in mind! The latest version of the app has some great new features, including unlimited student accounts and record keeping capabilities to track student progress, and the Pro version now offers the ability to create your own flash cards. Your favorite language builder app has been updated and is now better than ever!

Updated on 12/7/14 6:03 PM

Updated by Jenna Wharff, Ed.M. on 12/7/14 6:03 PM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

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Autism and Language

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Using the Language Builder App with Picture Bingo

Lesson Description

Students will use the “Picture Identification” activity within the Language Builder app to call out the bingo prompt.  

Updated on 8/30/14 7:51 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:51 PM

Blending Hands-on & Digital Activities

Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans

Language Builder App

Autism and Language

Autism Technology

Using the Language Builder App and Language Builder Cards Together

So you’ve just downloaded the new Language Builder app. That means you can throw out all your paper flash cards right? NO!! As you may have already realized through our previous blogs, we are big proponents for blending hands-on and digital learning. There are so many ways that you can combine both digital and tangible resources to support deeper engagement.

Our intent with the app is to complement, rather than replace, the physical products. We will begin a new blog series demonstrating ways to use your physical language builder cards and other Stages products in conjunction with the app. 

Updated on 8/30/14 7:49 PM

Updated by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M. on 8/30/14 7:49 PM

Teaching with Pictures

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Autism and Language

Autism Technology

Flash Cards vs. iPad Apps: Which is Best?

All over the news, we see stories about kids with autism and their iPads. Rookie reporters tout the devices as The Next Big Thing, even going so far as to refer to them as cures. I’m sure we would all agree that the touch screen tablets are amazing, for little and big kids alike. But where’s the research backing their use for educational purposes for our students? In one word, nonexistent. As a doctoral student at Montreal’s McGill University, I aim to change that.

The focus of my upcoming thesis is on developing a rigorous and research-based understanding of using iPads to teach children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I have been extremely fortunate to meet with the Stages Learning Materials staff, and receive their support to use the Language Builder Picture Cards and the newly created Language Builder from Stages app to test which method results in better and faster learning of receptive and expressive language.

Updated on 8/30/14 7:23 PM

Updated by Hayley Vininsky, M.S., BCBA on 8/30/14 7:23 PM

Language Builder App

Autism and Language

Autism Technology

New Features Added to the Language Builder App

On March 10th of this year, Stages Learning Materials released the Language Builder from Stages App, and we have had an amazing response! Hundreds of parents, therapists, and teachers are now using the Language Builder App to teach 6 early ABA activities to children with autism. But we are far from finished adding features to the app!

Updated on 5/21/14 11:19 AM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 5/21/14 11:19 AM

Teaching with Pictures

Language Builder App

Prompting in ABA -- a little nudge goes a long way!

Wouldn't it be great if we all got the right answers on the first try? I don't know about you, but when try something for the first time, I often need a little help! Why should we expect anything different from our students when we teach them a new skill? 

Updated on 4/28/14 3:20 PM

Updated by Angela Nelson, J.D., Ed.M. on 4/28/14 3:20 PM

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