News & Press
May 8, 2013
SIIA Announces Top Innovators in Education Technology - See.Touch.Learn. awarded “Most Likely To Succeed”
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recognized four education technology solutions with awards for originality, innovation, and industry promise.
At the SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit, See.Touch.Learn. was voted by 350 attendees as being the Most Likely to Succeed education technology product.
“This field of Innovation Incubator participants shows tremendous promise for shaping the future of technology in education,” said Karen Billings, vice president for SIIA’s Education Division. “These companies are true leaders in developing the technology-rich teaching and learning solutions educators need and want.”
April 26, 2013
April 18, 2013
The SIIA (Software and Information Industry Association) Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies.
“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants stand out as incredibly original and exciting products,” said Karen Billings, vice president for the SIIA Education Division. “It’s a tremendous value for our members to have early access to these technologies.”
April 17, 2013
AppoLearning lists “The best educational iPad apps, handpicked by experts”.
According to Tech Crunch, for each education app category, “five apps are shown, each rated on a scale out of 100. These are meant to represent the five best applications within that particular category, as chosen by an educational expert whose bio appears on the site, detailing their experience. This section also includes an explanation about why these apps and the skills they teach are important, also written by the educator.”
See.Touch.Learn.® Pro is ranked in the Early Childhood Classroom Skills category.
February 20, 2013
“Highly recommended by our community of homeschooling moms.”
January 15, 2013
“Welcome to our “Editors’ Choice” page, this is where we feature the best Apps that we have tested with children who have special needs.”
SmartAppsForKids gives See.Touch.Learn.® Pro 5-Stars – AGAIN!
“if you’re willing to spend the time to utilize it fully, it renders a lot of other educational apps unnecessary.”
December 31, 2012
December 30, 2012
App Abled calls See.Touch.Learn Pro 2012 “an app for the 21st century educator and student”. Adding that “The sky is the limit when you’re talking about potential uses for See.Touch.Learn Pro. It is an educators dream and should be in every classroom around the world so it can enhance children’s lives.” Read their review here!
December 11, 2012
Autism Plugged In provides a review of the new See.Touch.Learn.® Pro version 2 update. ”And, let me say it again – this app has loads of potential. There are endless ways in which this program could be used by therapists, parents, or educators.” Check out the full review here!
November 12, 2012
The Mass High Tech business journal highlighted Brain Parade as a startup to watch. Mass High Tech covers the hi tech industry in the New England region. Click here to read the article.
November 1, 2012
The Connecticut Technology Council selected 75 companies to participate this year as Tech Companies to Watch, representing an array of technology verticals. Most are recent start-ups, a few are more mature tech companies who have been in business for a few years and have significant revenue.
August 16, 2012
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty was interviewed by Meg Baker from Fox News.com about See.Touch.Learn.®. This segment highlights Proloquo2Go and See.Touch.Learn.®.
July 10, 2012
The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is the premier, monthly homeschooling magazine, offering homeschoolers a variety of resources, encouragement, and ways to learn about the latest and greatest educational resources out there. The 2012 Educational App Directory was just released in July and Brain Parade® is proud to be listed.
May 15, 2012
See. Touch. Learn. is a hugely impressive looking iPad app from Brain Parade, a publisher dedicated to creating solutions for children with autism and other developmental challenges. The app is described as “a picture learning system for the iPad that brings picture cards into the 21st Century” – and is designed specifically for those with autism and other special needs.
May 14, 2012
A New Learning Experience by Nick Cheadle
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A few weeks back we sat down with Hoopla Ha and the folks at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield, NJ to capture See.Touch.Learn.® in action. Thanks to Julie Walsh, Beth Greer, and Marjorie Cutler at Bancroft, and to Stephanie O’Brien from Brain Parade. Nick Cheadle at 9South Productions did a great job with the interview and the video.
And a special thanks to the star of the show, Erin!
Check out the Video below (if you are on an iPad or iPhone, click here)
May 8, 2012
Brain Parade Founder, Jim McClafferty, Interviewed by News 12 CT Anchor for Education Notebook
Brain Parade founder and president Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to sit down with Amelie Wilson, News 12 Connecticut Anchor and Education Notebook host to talk about See.Touch.Learn.
Watch the interview here.
April 18, 2012
The best iPad Apps for Special Needs Kids
See.Touch.Learn. featured in Washington Post article.
“We asked Joan L. Green, a speech-language pathologist in Potomac and the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Assistive Technology in Special Education,” to share some of her favorite iPad apps for kids with special needs.”
March 1, 2012
Best Apps of the Week – Blog by Vicki Windman
“Remember flashcards? You can now throw them away and never worry about losing ripping a card again . . . perfect for Speech Therapists using the ABA method and it’s user-friendly, ideal for new users to the iPad.”
. . . If you’re willing to invest the time and money, it’s a complete and total game-changer for education on the iPad . . .
. . . once you have downloaded the original app and checked it out I would strongly recommend purchasing the Pro version – having all the libraries available and the ability to add your own custom cards makes it a very powerful learning tool.
Read the full Review Here.
Perfect for ABA therapy, … perfect for any teacher, parent, therapist working with special needs children.
Missy at Welcome To Their World Apps posted another great review of See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012. You can read the review here.
November 2, 2011
Smart Apps For Kids gives See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012 a 5-Star Rating!
Ron at SmartAppsForKids.comrecently reviewed See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012 and had some great things to say about it. Here’s how the review begins:
“Bottom Line: If you’re willing to invest the time and money, it’s a complete and total game-changer for education on the iPad.”
We don’t think we could have said it better ourselves, so why don’t you follow the link here to read the review yourself.
October 26, 2011
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to sit down with Ali Warshavsky at itsRelevant.com and talk about what inspired him to start Brain Parade and create See.Touch.Learn.™. View the video interview here.
October 26, 2011
Brain Parade reached a major milestone today with the launch of See.Touch.Learn.™ Pro 2012. This new addition to the product line is an all-inclusive version of the wildly successful and popular app, See.Touch.Learn.
In addition, beginning today educational institutions that participate in the Apple App Store Volume Purchase Program will be able to purchase See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 under the terms of that program. This is a HUGE new benefit to schools and districts that up until now have been unable to easily purchase libraries and add-ons in See.Touch.Learn.
Our customers have been asking for pay-one-price option for some time and See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 now provides that option with a whopping 40% discount versus purchasing libraries and add-on features individually in the free version.
We plan to develop additional features like student management, enhanced data capture, and lesson sharing – features that are of particular interest to learning professionals.
Those features as well as at least ten new libraries will be provided for no additional cost to buyers of See.Touch.Learn. Pro 2012 in regular periodic updates.
October 18, 2011
Ally4Autism reviews See.Touch.Learn.™
Watch the video here at : Ally4Autism.com
September 28, 2011
8. See.Touch.Learn – See.Touch.Learn is an app that was specifically designed for the parents of children with special needs. With this iPad app, a parent can program lessons, using his or her own voice. For example, the mom of an autistic child can setup a picture of an apple to show on the screen and record her voice saying the words “Click on the apple.” The child will associate a familiar voice with this unfamiliar method of learning and will be more likely to feel comfortable using the program. Of course, that translates to increased learning.
September 12, 2011
See.Touch.Learn is one of the top free iPad apps for children with special needs.
September 11, 2011
100,000 Downloads in 6 Months!
On Sunday, September 11th, 2011 just six months after it was launched, the 100,000th copy of See.Touch.Learn. was downloaded!
July 4, 2011
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty had an opportunity to speak with Ryan Doran at Westfair Online recently about Brain Parade, Apple, and developing apps for special needs children. The full text of the article can be found online here.
See.Touch.Learn.™ was chosen by Apple as one of just eight educational apps to be featured in U.S. stores, which host more visitors in three months than all four Disney Theme parks do in a full year.
“It’s an amazing amount of eyes to be in front of,” said McClafferty, founder of Brain Parade in Stamford. “I have the vehicle to make some great ideas happen in the education space. It’s not so simple though, you need the expertise to build the app, get it through Apple’s approval process and have people find it.”
Click the link below to check out See.Touch.Learn. for yourself and see what Apple found so compelling.
June 21, 2011
PadGadget Recommends See.Touch.Learn.™
PadGadget, one of the largest and most respected iPad focused websites for iPad news, apps & reviews, reviewed and Recommended See.Touch.Learn.™. Ironically, our favorite part of the review was the reviewer’s “What I didn’t like” paragraph:
What I didn’t like: I liked everything about See.Touch.Learn. Normally I do not favor in-app purchasing, but for See.Touch.Learn. having the extra libraries available as in-app purchases helps keep the basic app free, and allows users to pay only for the content they need.
Apple’s U.S. Retail Stores featuring See.Touch.Learn.™ app for autistic, special needs children
Showcased among only eight education programs on retail outlet’s iPads
Stamford, Conn., June 20, 2011 – Apple® Stores in the U.S. are now featuring Brain Parade’s See.Touch.Learn.™ application for children with autism and special needs on its iPads.
The program is among just eight educational apps chosen by Apple for its in-store iPad offerings, and combines the effectiveness of picture cards with the power and interactivity of the tablet devices.
“We knew this program was a game changer in bettering the lives of autistic and special needs children, and Apple’s decision to feature it on their in-store products is a testament to that,” says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade’s founder. “Knowing the high premium Apple puts on design, usability and quality, we take great pride in the fact that they have chosen See.Touch.Learn. to be part of their retail stores.
“The application has been downloaded more than 55,000 times since it was launched in March. We’re receiving some terrific feedback on how we’re helping families and educators see measurable improvements in children’s development,” McClafferty adds.
Apple ended the March quarter with 323 stores and greeted one billion retail visitors, according to published reports. In addition to the U.S., Apple has stores around the world in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Japan. A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that more people now visit Apple’s retail stores in a single quarter than the 60 million who visited Disney Co.’s four biggest theme parks last year, according to data from Apple and the Themed Entertainment Association. McClafferty says “Brain Parade is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce See.Touch.Learn. to those visitors.”
Brain Parade’s See.Touch.Learn. program improves upon traditional picture cards by building a powerful and intuitive user interface on the world’s leading tablet device. Parents and learning professionals can choose from professionally-designed exercises and lessons or they can create their own. The app automatically tracks a student’s performance. See.Touch.Learn.’s “Getting Started” screens walk a user through the various functions of the program, and instructors can customize the audio responses and record voice prompts to instruct the child in each exercise.
The application has been the #1 Free iPad education program in Australia and New Zealand, has reached the Number 4 position in the United States and has appeared in the top ten lists in more than 15 countries. The app enjoys a user rating of 4.6 stars out of a possible 5 stars in Apple’s iTunes®.
See.Touch.Learn. can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple iTunes onlinestore. Additional image libraries are available for purchase beginning at just $0.99 – a fraction of the cost of traditional picture cards. Brain Parade also donates one dollar for each copy of its specially designed “Light it up Blue” library to Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
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June 8, 2011
See.Touch.Learn.™ version 1.1 released
Improvements made based on customer input make See.Touch.Learn.™ an even more powerful and indispensable tool for parents, educators working with special needs children. ”Customer input is absolutely critical to us,” says Jim McClafferty, Brain Parade’s founder. “We worked very hard early on to establish a feedback loop with parents and educators working with children on the autism spectrum so that we could continue to improve the product to suit their needs. In response to that feedback Brain Parade introduced enhanced audio capabilities to See.Touch.Learn.(TM) in version 1.1. Users can now customize the audio responses and use the iPad to record voice prompts within See.Touch.Learn.(TM) and provide verbal instruction to the child in each exercise. According to McClafferty, “The custom audio features are something that users have been clamoring for. This will make a significant improvement in the lesson effectiveness and can even open the door for non-English speakers to use See.Touch.Learn.(TM)”. Brain Parade has also made a number of usability improvements to See.Touch.Learn.(TM), including the creation of a series of “Getting Started” screens that walk a user through the various functions of the app. Full press release here.
May 24, 2011
SNApps4Kids reviews See.Touch.Learn.™
SNApps4Kids.com (Special Needs Apps 4 kids) is a community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with children who have special needs. Their therapists used See.Touch.Learn.’s starter library with a number of children ranging in age from 3 to 10. Among these children were those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Global Developmental Delay and Intellectual Disabilities. You can read their writeup on their website by clicking here.
May 14, 2011
Special Ed Needs? Stamford Man Makes App for That
Brain Parade founder Jim McClafferty was interviewed by The Daily Stamford about how he started the company and created See.Touch.Learn.™. Click here for the full article.
May 9, 2011
See.Touch.Learn.™ reaches 30,000 users!
Brain Parade announced today that our premiere iPad app, See.Touch.Learn.™ has been downloaded over 30,000 times amid rave reviews in iTunes! Click here for the full press release.
April 6, 2011
Desiree Q. Luong’s article is in alignment with Brain Parade Founder’s belief that the iPad is a game changer when it comes to education for children with special needs. In the article, Desiree refers to a 2-year old boy who is using See.Touch.Learn.™
April 5, 2011
See. Touch. Learn.(FREE) – Most Flexible tool(app) available for Educators especially for ABA Programs
Wow! The folks at Technology in (SPL) Education really nailed it – “This not an app but a tool that allows you to build so many programs on your own, the possibilities are endless.” They also highlighted a few areas where they felt the product could be improved, and guess what – we’re already working on them! Read this great review of See.Touch.Learn.™
March 31, 2011
See.Touch.Learn, Apps for educating children with autism or special learning needs
March 20, 2011 iAutism.info publishes excellent review of See.Touch.Learn.
Francesc Sistach at iAutism.info has posted a very detailed review of See.Touch.Learn. and added See.Touch.Learn. to the iAutism.info list of applications
Gary James at A4CWSN.com (Apps 4 Children With Special Needs) recorded a very positive video review of See.Touch.Learn. See and hear what Gary has to say about Brain Parade’s flagship application.
Maggie Gordon with the Stamford Advocate spoke with Brain Parade’s founder Jim McClafferty about the recent purchase of iPads by local non-profit organization, Stamford Education 4 Autism for use in the autism classes in the Stamford public schools. Jim shared his thoughts about why the iPad is an exceptional technology for these kids. Follow this link to read the article!