Go Go Games, by Go Go Games Studios, was created by Joy Wong Daniels, Alexis Hiniker, and Heidi Williamson, a team of graduates of Stanford University’s Learning, Design & Technology program. Sound impressive? Well, this app is just that and more! Although this suite of games was designed with a specific audience in mind (children with ASD), all children could benefit from this type of gameplay. Attention to detail, decision making, differentiating and focusing skills all help lay the groundwork for any young mind. Go Go Games provides many opportunities for children to build critical skills by playing Build-A-Train, Wheels & Roads, and Out of this World, which all incorporate what is known as the Pivotal Response Theory, which helps children build up the perception skills needed for higher thinking. Go Go Games is HERE to Stay!
To play, kids maneuver cars & trucks down one of three roadways, build trains by following patterns, and outfit space people in different attire. Designed to be simple, playful, and fun – those three words perfectly describes this app... although, much went on behind the scenes in its development. Each matching sequence is carefully selected to gradually improve a player's ability to notice and respond correctly to increasingly complex features. Go Go Games has put much time and effort into its research. It uses an algorithm to gradually increase the demand on a player’s ability to select correct answers to multiple features of the given items. Read more about the research behind this science here.
Go Go Games Studios states on their web page, "Our goal is to support children with ASD in learning to notice and attend to multiple features of the objects they encounter – a skill known as “multiple-cue selectivity” – in the hopes of laying the groundwork for a host of secondary learning benefits." TWA feels this app has hit their mark in promoting deeper learning through totally enjoyable activities and we highly recommend that it be played with all kids, autistic or not. Our only criticism is that the price is too low. This is a research-based app that has pulled out all the stops by incorporating quality into every component!
We'd also like to share what Vicki Windman, a fellow teacher and app reviewer/blogger says about Go Go Games:
As we continue to find ways to enhance the skills with children with Autism new apps are on the horizon. Go Go Games is different than other ASD apps, as this app specifically works with multiple-cue selectivity as well as working on visual discrimination, matching, and pattern recognition.
Go Go Games uses the techniques of Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT), an evidence-based behavioral intervention which targets several common challenges for learners with ASD, including this particular perceptual ability. Go Go Games provides the opportunity to build this critical skill by maneuvering trucks, trains, and spaceships through a trio of fantasy adventures. We designed the game to be simple, playful, and fun – though behind the scenes each matching sequence is carefully selected to gradually improve a player's ability to notice and respond to increasingly complex features.
The game has 3 games with increasing difficulty. The first game is Build a Train. The child has presented a set of trains. The child needs to match the parts of the train using three choices. If the child is incorrect anther set of choices is presented. The child must get three correct to move to the next level. There are 6 levels included in this section. Next is wheels and roads. This is a matching game but it also about direction. Children are given a three-way road with 3 cars. They child needs to match the correct car as they drive the car down the road. Again if they are incorrect the car disappears and another one appears reducing frustration. In this section, the child needs to get 6 correct. The final game is Out of this World. Personally, this is my student’s favorite. The child is presented with an alien. The child needs to match the aliens shoes, clothes, eyes, etc. If the child is struggling there is a hand that points to the correct answer giving the child a hint. This game gives the child 3 tries to move to the next level.
As a teacher, I would like to individualize the app and manage the student’s data as this has great skills to observe from a fine motor, focus, observation and more.
If you need any more convincing, purchase the app for $1.99 and find out for yourself!