A local student has designed an app for secondary school students with autism.
Aidan Gallagher, a Sixth Year student at Clonmel High School, came up with the idea for SchoolBUDe after he spotted a gap in the market.
“Other apps are available for primary school students or those with a mental disability but this is specifically for secondary students on the autism spectrum disorder”, he says.
The free app has a schedule, or personal organiser; a timer with a vibrating alarm; and calming music that includes birdsong, the sound of the sea and sounds of the night.
It also demonstrates physical exercises and a diary, as well as showing how to deal with stressful situations, all of which is invaluable to students with autism.
18 year-old Aidan, son of Anne Marie and Kevin Gallagher, Ardfinnan, started drawing up his plans two years. He then consulted with course leader Seamus Hoyne at Tipperary Institute, where students Kevin Van Damme and Victor Aremu programmed the app and designed the graphics.
It’s hoped that SchoolBUDe will be available for download from the Play Store early in the New Year.
A past pupil of Ardfinnan national school, Aidan is planning to design other apps, as well as a website with similar content for students with autism.
His designing achievement was recognised earlier this week when he was a finalist at the Lions Club Awards at the Clonmel Park Hotel.
Aidan is grateful to the teaching staff at the High School for their help including Martina O’Reilly, Paddy O’Gorman, Damien Walsh, Mary Lonergan and Paul O’Mahony.