Autism 5 – Point Scale EP App

Autism 5 -Point Scale EP is a free app for iPhone and iPad developed by the Autism Society of Minnesota. Ms. Van Dixhorn, EBD teacher at the Sheboygan Falls Middle   this app with me as an app to help with the programming of a student we mutually will work with. Not only free, but simple and easy to use for elementary  and older students who would benefit from a simple method of identifying emotions and feedback about how they feel and potentially what strategies they could use.

Here are some screen shots of the app:

I had the opportunity to set up the 5 point scale app with a student  today on an iPod Touch. It took about 15 minutes for us to review the app, revise it with personalized text and audio recordings.  We kept the pictures the same, although the option of inserting your own picture, emoticon or symbol is available. I decided to record  instruction in with my voice on points 2-5 as a directive from a teacher, while the student recording the 1st point with “I’m happy”. As the student becomes more independent in being able to apply those strategies recording her voice may be a good option.

This was an easy app to set up, and easy app for student to use. I am looking forward to trialing this and other self-regulation apps with the student on her dedicated iPod Touch to work on greater independence as we get ready for a new school year.

Autism 5- Point Scale app is appropriate for OT’s teachers, parents and specialists working with special needs students who would benefit from a visual communication to help them become aware of their emotions!

Would your students benefit from this in your OT iTool Kit?


About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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5 Responses to Autism 5 – Point Scale EP App

  1. amy says:

    The 5 point scale is a great app that goes along nicely with the 5 point scale books. I find it more useful than the alert program. I especially love the book, When my worries get too big.

  2. Lauren Swedenborg says:

    I was aware of the book that describes the concept of the 5 point scale, but not this app. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. Melissa Brooks says:

    It’s not on iTunes anymore, bummer!:)

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