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Smartick Helping Families and Children with Special Education Needs

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This is Aodhan smiling with his Smartick certificate of achievement! So adorable!

Today we are sharing our interview with Sybil Lane. This Georgia mom and her son Aodhan came across Smartick at the beginning of the year and have been using it ever since! Sybil tell us how Smartick’s short daily math sessions can be helpful (and fun!) for autistic children and children with special education needs.

How hard (or easy) was to start using Smartick?

It was easy for us to start Smartick. We began by taking advantage of the free trial. Aodhan enjoyed Smartick so much we knew we needed to continue.

Do you think it helps Smartick is based in short daily sessions of 15 minutes?

The short lessons definitely help Aodhan be successful with his math lessons.

How would you say Aodhan has improved since he began doing his math with our program?

With our old program, it was a long traditional curriculum that he found boring and frustrating. Since we switched to using Smartick, he enjoys doing his math lessons.

Does he complete his daily sessions by himself?

I usually sit with Aodhan during his lessons and offer explanations and guidance when he finds something difficult to understand.

What’s his favorite part? And yours, as a mom?

Aodhan loves earning ticks. He just earned enough to buy a pet Dragon which was a big deal to him!
I like Smartick because it tracks what Aodhan learns, sends me updates on what he has been doing and progress. I love it because being on Smartick is an enjoyable math experience for Aodhan. No more tears!

Would you recommend Smartick to other autistic children?

Yes and I have! Why? I recommend Smartick for Autistic Children because it is short, engaging and motivating. The lessons are just the right amount of time to keep interest. They engage the student quickly with fun activities using blocks, colorful pictures. Also, the feature of reading the words to the student is great! My son loves the motivation of earning ticks and diplomas when he completes lessons. He owns virtual pets that are fun!

Does he enjoy the virtual world?

He loves the virtual world. He likes the competitions! He learned to skip count by 3s using the Smartick Competitions! He loves shopping in the virtual shop. As I mentioned his latest pet is a Dragon. He also has a yellow dog! He has a collection of toys like robots that he enjoys seeing in his virtual bedroom. He just upgraded his house to a pool house too. It is really fun for him. He enjoys the game section. His favorite game is the Where’s the Wolf Game!

You seem to spend a lot of time outdoors. How does Smartick fits into that routine/ lifestyle?

Spending 15 minutes a day on Smartick is easy. We can do a lesson early in the morning, after lunch or in the evening. Since we downloaded the app to our tablet, we can do a lesson anywhere we have wifi or cellular service.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Sybil & Aodhan. Smartick is designed for every child aged 4-14, no matter if gifted or if they have special education needs, if they struggle at school or like math a lot and want to learn more. Try our free trial at Smartick and see for yourself!

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Conchi Ruiz Cabello

Conchi Ruiz Cabello

Conchi has spent the last decade working in the children's digital space and following closely all the latest trends in educational apps. On the weekends, she loves exploring Boston with her three-year-old daughter and taking pictures of their time together.
Conchi Ruiz Cabello