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Description

• Best Autism App on the Healthline’s list
• Used by over million children with ASD as a supplement to regular therapy
• Includes unlimited language and cognitive exercises designed to last for 10 years

Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MITA includes bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. Success with MITA could over time result in significant improvements in a child’s overall development, specifically in the realms of language, attention and visual skills.

SCIENCE BEHIND THE PROJECT

• Based on ABA technique of visual-visual and auditory-visual conditional discrimination.
• Based on language therapy technique of following directions with increasing complexity.
• Based on Pivotal Response Treatment that targets development of response to multiple cues.

A child's ability to notice and to respond to multiple visual cues presented simultaneously is the most critical. This ability is typically impaired in individuals with autism, leading to what is commonly described as "stimulus overselectivity", or "tunnel vision." Improving the capacity to respond to multiple cues has been shown to reduce stimulus overselectivity, which in turn leads to vast improvements in general learning. MITA aims to train mental integration and receptive language, starting with simple vocabulary, and progressing towards higher forms of language, such as adjectives, verbs, pronouns, and syntax.

MITA in the news: https://youtu.be/giZymh3rMHc
MITA research articles: https://goo.gl/28VCGg; http://goo.gl/lyHw95; https://goo.gl/nUpfNU; https://osf.io/preprints/psyarxiv/xtj2z/

MITA EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

• Each activity is adaptive and delivers exercises that are at the exact level of difficulty appropriate for your child at any given point in time
• Animated characters and Playtime rewards will keep your child engaged while learning and having fun
• Clean and intuitive interface with beautiful graphics that every child will love
• No ads
• No Wi-Fi necessary

MITA develops your child’s mental-integration ability and language functions. The visual exercises follow a systematic approach for developing your child's ability to notice multiple features of an object. MITA starts with simple exercises that teach your child to attend to only one feature, such as size (screenshot #1) or color (#2). Over time, the exercises get more difficult and require your child to attend to two features simultaneously, such as both color and size (#3). The program then moves on to puzzles that require attending to three features, such as color, size and shape (#4), and eventually to puzzles that involve attending to an ever-increasing number of characteristics.

The verbal exercises offer a more conventional, verbal approach to facilitating language acquisition, starting with simple vocabulary, and progressing towards higher forms of language (such as adjectives, prepositions, and flexible syntax).

MITA is designed for early childhood and intended for long-term, daily use. It is designed to be engaging and educational, as well as adaptive and responsive to the individual abilities of each child. Language and cognitive therapy exercises provided in MITA can be used by children with language delay, ASD, PDD, intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), Down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental disorders as a supplement to conventional speech therapy.

Developed by Dr. A. Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University; R. Dunn, a Harvard-educated early-child-development specialist; MIT-educated, J. Elgart and a group of award-winning artists and developers working alongside experienced therapists.

Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Italian, Arabic.

 Free in Google Play

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Jul 27, 2015 (almost 4 years ago).

Releasing new versions every about 1 month, on average.

May 01
2019
(Current)
Version 5.6.1

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, German, Arabic.

Mar 28
2019
Version 5.5.1

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, and German.

Mar 18
2019
Version 5.5.0

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Russian, and German.

Mar 04
2019
Version 5.4.3

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Feb 25
2019
Version 5.4.2

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Feb 24
2019
Version 5.4.1

The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for 10 years!
MITA therapy includes thousands of learning activities organized into 17 games.
MITA has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

Nov 12
2018
Version 5.2.7

MITA HAS ADDED FOUR NEW GAMES! Thousands of learning activities are organized into 17 games designed to last for approximately 6 years!
The new Flexible Language game teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Oct 24
2018
Version 5.1.4

MITA HAS ADDED FOUR NEW GAMES! Thousands of learning activities are organized into 17 games designed to last for approximately 6 years!
The new Flexible Language game teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Oct 10
2018
Version 5.0.5

MITA HAS ADDED THREE NEW GAMES! Thousands of learning activities are organized into 16 games designed to last for approximately 6 years!
The new Flexible Language game teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Oct 09
2018
Version 5.0.4

MITA HAS ADDED THREE NEW GAMES! Thousands of learning activities are organized into 16 games designed to last for approximately 6 years!
The new Flexible Language game teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Oct 08
2018
Version 5.0.2

MITA has added three new activities! The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for approximately 6 years!

The most important new game is Flexible Language. It teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Oct 07
2018
Version 5.0.1

MITA has added three new activities! The combined MITA exercises are now designed to last for approximately 6 years!

The most important new game is Flexible Language. It teaches to interpret variations in a nested sentence' syntactic structure. For example, the game requires to imagine and arrange animals living in a three-story house, where ‘the dog lives on top of the monkey and the cat lives under the monkey’. This is an essential game for teaching understanding of common flexible language.

Jul 29
2018
Version 4.3.2

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jul 28
2018
Version 4.2.8

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jul 27
2018
Version 4.2.6

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jul 26
2018
Version 4.2.5

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jun 24
2018
Version 4.0.5

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jun 21
2018
Version 4.0.2

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jun 20
2018
Version 4.0.1

MITA added 4 new activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jun 05
2018
Version 3.7.4

Four new educational activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

May 29
2018
Version 3.7.1

MITA has added four new educational activities:
1. Arithmetic Game starts with simple exercises designed to teach numbers and progresses towards addition and subtraction.
2. Auditory Memory Game trains your child’s auditory working memory.
3. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces your child to spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
4. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces your child to spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Apr 30
2018
Version 3.6.2

We have added three new games:
1. Auditory Memory Game trains your child’s auditory working memory. Encourage your child to focus and remember the instructions.
2. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces a child to important elements of language: the spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
3. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces a child to important spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Apr 24
2018
Version 3.5.1

We have added three new games:
1. Auditory Memory Game trains your child’s auditory working memory. Encourage your child to focus and remember the instructions.
2. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces a child to important elements of language: the spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
3. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces a child to important spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Apr 04
2018
Version 3.5.0

We have added three new games:
1. Auditory Memory Game trains your child’s auditory working memory. Encourage your child to focus and remember the instructions.
2. Combine Toys 'On top / Inside / Under' game introduces a child to important elements of language: the spatial prepositions ‘on top’, ‘under’, and ‘inside’.
3. Combine Toys 'Left / Inside / Right' game introduces a child to important spatial directions ‘on the left’, ‘on the right’, and ‘inside’.

Jan 11
2018
Version 3.4.1

Our new PlayTime rewards make it much easier to motivate your child to continue working with MITA!

1. We have added Drawing PlayTime for developing self-expression, motor skills & concentration.

2. We’ve also added PBS Kids educational videos. Note: We only recommend the Video Playtime reward if your child is not motivated otherwise. If you find that your child is satisfied with the other Playtimes, please disable the Video Playtime: Parent's Corner > Settings > PlayTime Settings.

Jan 10
2018
Version 3.4.0

Our new PlayTime rewards make it much easier to motivate your child to continue working with MITA!
1. We have added Drawing PlayTime for developing self-expression, motor skills & concentration.
2. We’ve also added PBS Kids educational videos. Note: We only recommend the Video Playtime reward if your child is not motivated otherwise. If you find that your child is satisfied with the other Playtimes, please disable the Video Playtime: Parent's Corner > Settings > PlayTime Settings.

Sep 28
2017
Version 3.3.5

Our new PlayTime rewards make it much easier to motivate your child to continue working with MITA!
1. We have added Drawing PlayTime for developing self-expression, motor skills & concentration.
2. We’ve also added PBS Kids educational videos. Note: We only recommend the Video Playtime reward if your child is not motivated otherwise. If you find that your child is satisfied with the other Playtimes, please disable the Video Playtime: Parent's Corner > Settings > PlayTime Settings.

Sep 19
2017
Version 3.3.4

Our new PlayTime rewards make it much easier to motivate your child to continue working with MITA!
1. We have added Drawing PlayTime for developing self-expression, motor skills & concentration.
2. We’ve also added PBS Kids educational videos. Note: We only recommend the Video Playtime reward if your child is not motivated otherwise. If you find that your child is satisfied with the other Playtimes, please disable the Video Playtime: Parent's Corner > Settings > PlayTime Settings.

Sep 13
2017
Version 3.3.3

Our new PlayTime rewards make it much easier to motivate your child to continue working with MITA!
1. We have added Drawing PlayTime for developing self-expression, motor skills & concentration.
2. We’ve also added PBS Kids educational videos. Note: We only recommend the Video Playtime reward if your child is not motivated otherwise. If you find that your child is satisfied with the other Playtimes, please disable the Video Playtime: Parent's Corner > Settings > PlayTime Settings.

Sep 12
2017
Version 3.2.2

1. We have added nearly 100 new difficulty levels to the MITA Language Game! These new levels introduce spatial prepositions to train one of the most difficult aspects of language - syntax.
2. Improved reporting of incorrect drops via Smiley feedback
3. Improved adaptive logic
4. Improved graphical view of the Progress Report (you can find this by going to the "Parent's Corner").
5. Added link to the MITA Discussion Board on Reddit. (Open Parent’s Corner, tap ‘Discussion Board’)

Nov 15
2016
Version 3.2.0

1. We have added nearly 100 new difficulty levels to the MITA Language Game! These new levels introduce spatial prepositions to train one of the most difficult aspects of language - syntax.
2. Improved reporting of incorrect drops via Smiley feedback
3. Improved adaptive logic
4. Improved graphical view of the Progress Report (you can find this by going to the "Parent's Corner").
5. Added link to the MITA Discussion Board on Reddit. (Open Parent’s Corner, tap ‘Discussion Board’)

Nov 10
2016
Version 3.1.0

1. We have added nearly 100 new difficulty levels to the MITA Language Game! These new levels introduce spatial prepositions to train one of the most difficult aspects of language - syntax.
2. Improved puzzle feedback for incorrect drops via Smiley face and sound.
3. Improved adaptive logic
4. Improved graphical view of the Progress Report (you can find this by going to the "Parent's Corner").
5. Added link to the MITA Discussion Board on Reddit. (Open Parent’s Corner, tap ‘Discussion Board’)

Nov 04
2016
Version 3.0.3

1. We have added nearly 100 new difficulty levels to the MITA Language Game! These new levels introduce spatial prepositions to train one of the most difficult aspects of language - syntax.
2. Improved puzzle feedback for incorrect drops via Smiley face and sound.
3. Improved adaptive logic
4. Improved graphical view of the Progress Report (you can find this by going to the "Parent's Corner").
5. Added link to the MITA Discussion Board on Reddit. (Open Parent’s Corner, tap ‘Discussion Board’)

Aug 15
2016
Version 2.5

1. Progress Report: a preview banner of your child’s progress will now display on the home screen after each daily session. For an in-depth look at how your child is doing, we’ve also designed a Progress Report in the Parent’s Corner.
2. A new tour of the MITA Games outlines the educational value of each game. It also gives adults a chance to sample games without affecting the adaptive algorithm that would otherwise change games’ difficulty level.
3. Small improvements to the Language game.

Aug 08
2016
Version 2.4.2

1. Progress Report: a preview banner of your child’s progress will now display on the home screen after each daily session. For an in-depth look at how your child is doing, we’ve also designed a Progress Report in the Parent’s Corner.
2. A new tour of the MITA Games outlines the educational value of each game. It also gives adults a chance to sample games without affecting the adaptive algorithm that would otherwise change games’ difficulty level.
3. Small improvements to the Language game.

Jun 23
2016
Version 2.3.1

1. Added a brand new Language Game. This game offers a more conventional, verbal approach to facilitating language acquisition, starting with simple vocabulary, and progressing towards higher forms of language (such as adjectives, prepositions, and syntax).
2. Added more levels of difficulty. This makes the progression from one puzzle to the next more gradual and easier for children to work through.
3. Improved the app’s adaptive capabilities.
4. Added the Parent's Tour of all MITA games.

Jun 22
2016
Version 2.3.0

May 23
2016
Version 2.2.2

May 20
2016
Version 2.2.1

Feb 01
2016
Version 2.0.4

Jan 19
2016
Version 2.0.3

Oct 21
2015
Version 1.0.5

Visual puzzles have been used for centuries to facilitate early development in kids. Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The app includes hundreds of bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability that has proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. Success with MITA puzzles could overtime result in significant improvements in a child’s overall development, specifically in the realms of language, attention and visual skills.

MITA is based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), one of the best-supported therapies for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MITA aims to develop one of four pivotal skills targeted by PRT: a child's ability to notice and to respond to multiple visual cues presented simultaneously. This ability is typically impaired in individuals with autism, leading to what is commonly described as stimulus overselectivity, or "tunnel vision." Improving the capacity to discern and respond to multiple cues has been shown to reduce stimulus overselectivity, which in turn leads to vast improvements in general learning.


The visual exercises follow a systematic approach for developing a child's ability to notice multiple characteristics, or features of an object. MITA starts with simple exercises that teach a child to attend to only one feature, such as size (see screenshot 1) or color (screenshot 2). Over time, the exercises get more difficult and require the child to attend to two features simultaneously, such as both color and size (screenshot 3). In order to solve these puzzles, a child must learn how to hold two pieces of information in their mind (both the size and the color of an object) and make a decision based on the combination of these features. Once a child has practiced attending to two features, the program moves on to puzzles that require attending to three features, such as color, size and shape (screenshot 4), and then eventually to puzzles that involve attending to an ever-increasing number of characteristics.


As a child progresses through MITA's systematic exercises, he or she is developing the ability to simultaneously attend to a greater number of features, reducing the propensity towards tunnel vision, and thus developing an essential component of language. The ability to mentally build an image based on a combination of multiple features is absolutely necessary for understanding syntax, spatial prepositions and verb tenses.


MITA is designed for early childhood and intended for long-term, daily use. It is designed to be engaging and educational, as well as adaptive and responsive to the individual abilities of each child.


CLINICAL TRIAL:


We are currently recruiting families for a clinical trial to gauge the efficacy of MITA software. If you would like to learn more about our ASD research and our ongoing clinical trial, please visit ImagiRation.com/autism


FEATURES:


• Designed for toddlers from two to four years of age


• 600 exercises arranged into six fun themes: Dinosaur Land, Animal Kingdom, Space Adventures, Road Trip, Kids & Toys and Lunchbox


• Simple drag-and-drop mechanism makes it easy for toddlers to touch and move objects


• Animated characters and Playtime rewards will keep your child engaged while learning and having fun


• Clean and intuitive interface with beautiful graphics that every child will love


• No ads


MITA is developed by Dr. Andrey Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University; Rita Dunn, a Harvard University-educated early-child-development specialist; and a group of award-winning artists and developers working alongside experienced therapists.

Oct 20
2015
Version 1.0.4

Visual puzzles have been used for centuries to facilitate early development in kids. Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The app includes hundreds of bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability that has proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. Success with MITA puzzles could overtime result in significant improvements in a child’s overall development, specifically in the realms of language, attention and visual skills.

MITA is based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), one of the best-supported therapies for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MITA aims to develop one of four pivotal skills targeted by PRT: a child's ability to notice and to respond to multiple visual cues presented simultaneously. This ability is typically impaired in individuals with autism, leading to what is commonly described as stimulus overselectivity, or "tunnel vision." Improving the capacity to discern and respond to multiple cues has been shown to reduce stimulus overselectivity, which in turn leads to vast improvements in general learning.


The visual exercises follow a systematic approach for developing a child's ability to notice multiple characteristics, or features of an object. MITA starts with simple exercises that teach a child to attend to only one feature, such as size (see screenshot 1) or color (screenshot 2). Over time, the exercises get more difficult and require the child to attend to two features simultaneously, such as both color and size (screenshot 3). In order to solve these puzzles, a child must learn how to hold two pieces of information in their mind (both the size and the color of an object) and make a decision based on the combination of these features. Once a child has practiced attending to two features, the program moves on to puzzles that require attending to three features, such as color, size and shape (screenshot 4), and then eventually to puzzles that involve attending to an ever-increasing number of characteristics.


As a child progresses through MITA's systematic exercises, he or she is developing the ability to simultaneously attend to a greater number of features, reducing the propensity towards tunnel vision, and thus developing an essential component of language. The ability to mentally build an image based on a combination of multiple features is absolutely necessary for understanding syntax, spatial prepositions and verb tenses.


MITA is designed for early childhood and intended for long-term, daily use. It is designed to be engaging and educational, as well as adaptive and responsive to the individual abilities of each child.


CLINICAL TRIAL:


We are currently recruiting families for a clinical trial to gauge the efficacy of MITA software. If you would like to learn more about our ASD research and our ongoing clinical trial, please visit ImagiRation.com/autism


FEATURES:


• Designed for toddlers from two to four years of age


• 600 exercises arranged into six fun themes: Dinosaur Land, Animal Kingdom, Space Adventures, Road Trip, Kids & Toys and Lunchbox


• Simple drag-and-drop mechanism makes it easy for toddlers to touch and move objects


• Animated characters and Playtime rewards will keep your child engaged while learning and having fun


• Clean and intuitive interface with beautiful graphics that every child will love


• No ads


MITA is developed by Dr. Andrey Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University; Rita Dunn, a Harvard University-educated early-child-development specialist; and a group of award-winning artists and developers working alongside experienced therapists.

Jul 27
2015
Version 1.0.2

Visual puzzles have been used for centuries to facilitate early development in kids. Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) is a unique, early-intervention application for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The app includes hundreds of bright, interactive puzzles designed to help children learn how to mentally integrate multiple features of an object, an ability that has proven to lead to vast improvements in general learning. Success with MITA puzzles could overtime result in significant improvements in a child’s overall development, specifically in the realms of language, attention and visual skills.

MITA is based on Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), one of the best-supported therapies for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). MITA aims to develop one of four pivotal skills targeted by PRT: a child's ability to notice and to respond to multiple visual cues presented simultaneously. This ability is typically impaired in individuals with autism, leading to what is commonly described as stimulus overselectivity, or "tunnel vision." Improving the capacity to discern and respond to multiple cues has been shown to reduce stimulus overselectivity, which in turn leads to vast improvements in general learning.


The visual exercises follow a systematic approach for developing a child's ability to notice multiple characteristics, or features of an object. MITA starts with simple exercises that teach a child to attend to only one feature, such as size (see screenshot 1) or color (screenshot 2). Over time, the exercises get more difficult and require the child to attend to two features simultaneously, such as both color and size (screenshot 3). In order to solve these puzzles, a child must learn how to hold two pieces of information in their mind (both the size and the color of an object) and make a decision based on the combination of these features. Once a child has practiced attending to two features, the program moves on to puzzles that require attending to three features, such as color, size and shape (screenshot 4), and then eventually to puzzles that involve attending to an ever-increasing number of characteristics.


As a child progresses through MITA's systematic exercises, he or she is developing the ability to simultaneously attend to a greater number of features, reducing the propensity towards tunnel vision, and thus developing an essential component of language. The ability to mentally build an image based on a combination of multiple features is absolutely necessary for understanding syntax, spatial prepositions and verb tenses.


MITA is designed for early childhood and intended for long-term, daily use. It is designed to be engaging and educational, as well as adaptive and responsive to the individual abilities of each child.


CLINICAL TRIAL:


We are currently recruiting families for a clinical trial to gauge the efficacy of MITA software. If you would like to learn more about our ASD research and our ongoing clinical trial, please visit ImagiRation.com/autism


FEATURES:


• Designed for toddlers from two to four years of age


• 600 exercises arranged into six fun themes: Dinosaur Land, Animal Kingdom, Space Adventures, Road Trip, Kids & Toys and Lunchbox


• Simple drag-and-drop mechanism makes it easy for toddlers to touch and move objects


• Animated characters and Playtime rewards will keep your child engaged while learning and having fun


• Clean and intuitive interface with beautiful graphics that every child will love


• No ads


MITA is developed by Dr. Andrey Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University; Rita Dunn, a Harvard University-educated early-child-development specialist; and a group of award-winning artists and developers working alongside experienced therapists.

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