iCanLearn: A Mobile Application for Creating Flashcards and Social Stories™ for Children with Autism

  • Aaron Zaffke
  • Niharika JainEmail author
  • Norah Johnson
  • Mohammad Arif Ul Alam
  • Marta Magiera
  • Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)


This paper describes the design, implementation, and evaluation of iCanLearn, a mobile flashcard application (app) that can also be used for creating social stories for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). The app allows users to create personalized content using text, pictures and audio on their mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). Users of this application software can also share the content by connecting their devices over Wi-Fi. An evaluation of the app from both the perspective of children with ASD and their caregivers suggests that the app is easy to use.


Computer-mediated communication User-centered design Design methods Mobile application Assistive technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Zaffke
    • 1
  • Niharika Jain
    • 1
    Email author
  • Norah Johnson
    • 2
  • Mohammad Arif Ul Alam
    • 1
  • Marta Magiera
    • 1
  • Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MSCSMarquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.College of Nursing, Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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