Apps can be fun, exciting, and educational. That’s exactly what Adam and Ali Saban, a husband and wife duo from South Dakota, wanted to accomplish with their app – LAT: Learning Appropriate Touch. Find out how they took their amazing idea and developed an app to make learning fun for individuals with disabilities.
At BrainyApps, we’ve seen amazing app ideas come from all walks of life.
Ali and her husband, Adam, are no different.
We recently talked with Ali and Adam Saban to get a behind-the-scenes look at their app, LAT: Learning Appropriate Touch, and how it came to be.
We asked them to tell us a little about themselves and their background. Ali explained stating:
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis and work with individuals with disabilities who have both behavioral excesses and deficits. Adam works as a design engineer for a start-up medical device company. We originally wanted to put our minds together to create a toy that could help individuals that I serve, but instead, we decided to work with BrainyApps on a creation that could be more complex and effective.“
It’s evident when talking to them that their ambition to invent something to make the world a better place for others is their driving force.
LAT is an app to help educate the individuals she works with on a daily basis; however, this new educational tool can also be used with young children who are starting to learn about appropriate touch between people in a variety of roles.
Ali continued to explain, stating:
I have worked with individuals with disabilities ranging from age 2 to 21 for several years. Throughout my experiences in both clinical and educational settings, I noticed the need for increased education on appropriate touch for all age ranges. Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based treatment for individuals with Autism and other disabilities; however, it requires the use of consequences to increase or decrease behavior. When researching teaching programs for this concept, I did not find many resources. In addition, it is not ethical to have a child or adult practice touching appropriate and inappropriate regions and then receiving that consequence or feedback. Hence, it was decided that through an app combined with ABA strategies, individuals would have the opportunity to practice touch and learn through those consequences. In addition, the app uses stimulus prompts to teach and ends each level with graphics that represent individuals in real life to add to the generalization of learned skills.”
BrainyApps had confidence that this was an amazing app idea.
Ali and Adam tapped into their inner genius and created their app concept.
Next, they needed a way to make it a reality.
After researching app developers, they found BrainyApps!
When we asked them how they found our company, they explained:
After months of hard work and determination from Ali and Adam, their App Architect, and their development team, their efforts paid off.
But with everything, this is just the beginning stage of their app’s journey to success.
We asked if Ali and Adam had any pieces of advice for other prospective app inventors like themselves. They explained stating:
Do not be afraid of the up front costs. Although developing an app can be expensive, we found BrainyApps to be very cost-efficient. We received so many different services with the money that we invested, and it was all worth it in the end to see our app go live!“
We love helping our clients make their app dreams a reality. There is something truly rewarding about being able to help them, help others.
LAT: Learning Appropriate Touch app is definitely no exception to that notion.
We asked if Ali and Adam had any final words about their app they’d like for the world to know about. They explained stating:
We are excited about our app because of the social validity that it holds. Many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who who are just young and starting to learn about social situations, are unaware of the concept of appropriate touch and are physically or sexually abused without recognizing it is not okay. On the other hand, they may be overly friendly with touch and may not pick up on social cues when they are touching others inappropriately. The impact of learning this concept is invaluable. It is our hope that through the evidence-based strategies used in the app, individuals of all ages will obtain this knowledge.“
We are honored the Sabans chose BrainyApps to be their app developer and that we could be a part of their revolutionary app to help individuals with developmental needs and young children.
Learn more about how LAT is helping local children learn appropriate touch here.
You can learn more about the app by visiting the Learning Appropriate Touch website here.
You can also download the LAT: Learning Appropriate Touch in the Apple iOS App Store here.
Finally, follow along on their journey to making the world a better place on Instagram: @learningappropriatetouch
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