ASD Community Beta Test
Thank you for your interest in participating in our ASD Community Beta test of our iPhone and iPad app to teach people to play piano and read music, even for people on the autism spectrum. Our app was not specifically designed for people on the autism spectrum, but we have had some anecdotal evidence from special needs parents and particularly those in the ASD community that it can be very helpful developmentally, even transformational, to learn music.
These stories (http://bit.ly/JedPWStory and www.PianoWizardAcademy.com/testimonials) have lead us into this field of inquiry, and we feel we may be at the beginning of a whole new era of music/brain/autism research, but we need your help and honest feedback.
To participate in this anonymous study and beta test, you need to:
- Be or have a person on the autistic spectrum in your household or class that you can test the product with. Developmentally the game only requires the ability to distinguish colors and basic hand-eye coordination to start, but it moves the player through other levels that are more abstract as the game progresses. Neurotypical children or adults may also participate in the household, and we welcome their feedback as well (it has various profiles on the app available for each member of the family) but we definitely would like the most feedback from those on the spectrum for this survey.
- Have a working iPhone or iPad that has internet access and a working email (we will send the link directly to the device for easiest install). Sorry, the android version is not yet out, so iOS (Apple) devices only.
- Be willing to answer a few questions before and after using the product. Answering the follow up questions will entitle you to additional bonuses.
- Allow us to anonymously share your answers with others.
- Promise not to abuse the access to the app or share it outside the community for fun or profit. We want to help people and share the technology, but need to protect our work and build for tomorrow too.
In exchange for this consideration, you will be given a free copy of our Piano Wizard app ($10 value) that has 30 songs, plus links to bonus sheet music of all 30 songs ($14.95 value), and discounted offers on our other PC and Mac products. We will also share our survey results with the participants and try and incorporate suggestions into future versions of the app to make it more accessible and fun. The true rewards we hope will be that we can introduce music and its myriad benefits to your family. Your feedback will help us learn how we can make it better for all, and for that we will be very grateful.
WHY MUSIC AND AUTISM?
1 in 68 children born in the US develop ASD according to the latest info from the CDC. Many different approaches have been developed to prevent and treat the syndrome, with no one “magic bullet” being available, or working for all. Still, one of the bright spots for families has been music, as it is a bonding, engaging vehicle of communication that can bridge some of the gaps the syndrome can create.
More importantly, new studies on the role of music, particularly piano playing has on the brain indicate that music therapy could perhaps be more important than previously thought to light up and reconnect various parts of the brain and neurosystem. Dr. Jon Lieff has compiled summaries of dozens of new studies here http://bit.ly/MusicBrainOverview that address all ages and aspects of music and the brain. New studies on autism and music are pending and we would like to find ways to contribute to that knowledge and research. Our own anecdotal feedback from customers (http://bit.ly/JedPWStory and www.PianoWizardAcademy.com/testimonials) has lead us into this field of inquiry, and we feel we may be at the beginning of a whole new era of music brain research.
Disclaimer: This is not a “scientific” research, we are simply trying to learn more about the ways we might help the community. We may use multiple choice for some questions for ease of communication, but we will give you room and we encourage any additional information you may feel comfortable providing to clarify or qualify your answers. You may skip any questions (except the email, or we cannot communicate with you) and still participate in this voluntary study. Your email and personal information will not be shared with the public. We may want to follow up with you later to ask about future progress.
YES Chris, I would like to participate in this important survey.