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App helps autistic kids to remember faces

A new iPad app designed by a University of Victoria professor can aid kids with autism to learn and remember new faces, recognise and read facial expressions. The app is called 'Let's Face It! Scrapbook' and allows a user to take pictures of family and friends and then label them with the names. One can play games, thus enabling kids to associate faces with names. Children with autism spectrum disorder often avoid looking directly at faces. However, Professor Tanaka, who designed the app with the help of his students over a period of seven years, says the application can be used by anyone who has problem with remembering faces. He himself uses to remember the names of his students. The app has science-based games that train facial recognition through an interactive platform.

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