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Smart Alex - PC-Mac-Networkable

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Learn to interpret facial expressions - perfect for kids with autism or PDD!

Smart Alex is a larger than life cartoon character that laughs, talks, cries, blows raspberries and does many other actions. Alex can also do over a hundred faces, expressing many different emotions. At a higher level, keyboard users can hold a simple conversation with Alex and talk about their likes and dislikes. There are eight different levels to choose from, making this an easy program to adapt to the needs of various students. At the first level, students click on Alex's mouth and eyes to later his facial expressions. Higher levels allow students to choose emotions and tell Alex to express them by selecting from Mayer-Johnson and Rebus Symbols. Alex can express emotions such as fear, anger, happiness, confusion, boredom, shyness, curiosity, courage, and frustration. Students can even conduct a simple conversation with Smart Alex, sharing likes and dislikes and teaching him new words. This program is ideal for autistic individuals, and can be used with a mouse, touch screen, or keyboard. Smart Alex can be male or female, black or white. Use the sound recorder to make Alex talk using your own voice! Touch screen accessible.


Smart Alex - PC-Mac-Networkable

Play Tip!

Trying saying one name for each emotion Smart Alex shows, and then use the same word and show the same emotion at appropriate times during your time away from the computer. Setting up a mirror near the computer can be a good way to practice smiling, frowning and other expressions as well.

Typical Access Profile


Extremely Low
Not Using Hearing


Extremely Low
Not Using Vision

Gross Motor

Not Using Gross Motor

Fine Motor

Not Using Fine Motor

Developmental Age Range

0 - 2
3 - 5
6 - 8
9 - 12
13 and Over


Some Spoken
Receptive Only
Not Using Language

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Hydrotherapy: Taking Non-Swimmers Swimming on a Sectional Raft!

If your child gets cold because part of his or her torso is above the waterline, get a towel wet and lay it over the exposed part. Your child will feel more comfortable. Pick the Sectional Raft for children (or adults) with poor or no neck and upper body control who will be in the water but not "swimming".


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