Puzzle Piece’s Tablets Help Children with Autism Learn Social Skills
May 2, 2014
Puzzle Piece subscription membership gets you a 7" Android tablet for $19 and 10 exclusive Autism apps per month for an additional $19/mo.
Puzzle Piece’s goal is to make technology accessible for all families affected by autism, regardless of their income level. Almost as soon as the iPad came out, parents and therapists began incorporating apps into autism therapy. The devices have been found to be highly effective for teaching children social skills and helping with schoolwork. Many parents, however, cannot afford to buy a tablet for their child.
New startup Puzzle Piece hopes to make tech ubiquitous for all families with autistic children by making and selling an Android tablet for just $19. Instead of monetizing off hardware, Puzzle Piece sells subscriptions for educational apps that also cost $19 per month.
Puzzle Piece launched just a month ago, but it already averages 80 new sign ups per day and has 1,000 active users. It site also includes an online community where parents can talk to co-founder Andrea Macken, M.A., a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), three times a week, and meet other families with autistic children.