Special Education

Centervention Releases Online Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Centervention, the company behind online social and emotional skills games Zoo U and Hall of Heroes, has released a new online program called “Stories in Motion,” which is specifically designed for elementary students with autism spectrum disorder.

With Stories in Motion, students can create personalized social stories around 12 different school scenarios, including anxiety, bullying, friendship, personal space and more. Users can print out a personalized comic book that tells their story, a Centervention spokeswoman said.

Stories in Motion was developed by leading researchers at 3C Institute with SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant funding from the United States Department of Education before being commercialized by Centervention. The researched-based social stories used in the program are designed to help children with autism understand social expectations in a given situation, identify steps to guide social behavior, and practice these steps using a personalized script. The cost is $12 per license, or student.

Founded in Durham, NC, Centervention has two other games, Zoo U for second through fifth grades, and Hall of Heroes for middle school. The games are being used in more than 2,000 schools across the United States and internationally, the company said.

To learn more about Centervention, visit the company’s website.

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at rchang@1105media.com.

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