MagnusCards is a free app that combines a proven method of instruction (Social Stories) with elements of game design to help people learn life skills. With Magnus as your guide, you can collect and create digital Card Decks, which provide step-by-step instructions for various social interactions, situations, behaviors, and activities. For example: grocery shopping, doing laundry, and taking the bus.
With practice, individuals can use MagnusCards to complete a variety of activities with independence. Caregivers can also customize and create their own Card Decks in the MagnusCards workshop!
MagnusCards provides unlimited support in the palm of
your hand. It can be used to practice and support activities
at home (like brushing teeth), at school (like transitioning between tasks), and in the community (like ordering food at
a restaurant). The app is useful in preparing for new situations or reinforcing the steps involved in an everyday routine. Also, once Card Decks are downloaded, no Internet access is required to view them.
Card Decks within MagnusCards can be used by anyone who benefits from structured, step-by-step guidance. The app is particularly useful for those with autism, ADHD, Aspergers, acquired brain injury, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, dementia and other cognitive special needs. Individuals, parents, teachers, and therapists benefit from the ability to create custom Card Decks based on the unique needs and learning styles of people they support.
Magnusmode is the company behind MagnusCards and was founded by Nadia Hamilton, whose brother Troy has autism. When Troy graduated from high school, there were few opportunities for continued personal and social development. This inspired Nadia to start a company that leverages technology to empower and support people with cognitive special needs.
The majority of our participants were able to use the tool independently to cmplete specific life skills activities. MagnusCards has tremendous potential to be utilized to improve access for people in a variety of key life skills areas including employment, education, and daily independent living.
Executive Director, Autism Ontario
I follow steps in MagnusCards to get my groceries and use the check-out system. It is great being able to go through the steps and stay on track.
MagnusCards is an example of true community engagement that resulted in something significant for those we support… acceptance and belonging
Executive Director, Parents for Community Living
I use MagnusCards a lot. It shows me how to clean my glasses.
Women with ASD
I find they [MagnusCards] are very helpful. I would say my favourite category is entertainment. I love watching baseball and hockey. I’d love to get some card decks on those. If we aren’t sure how to do something, we just look and see how to do it.
Woman with ASD
It was good to have cards to help us find out seats at Center in the square, and to find where things are.
Woman with ASD
The ease of use of the product means that more able people with ASD can produce their own materals for self-support and self-advocacy, which is also an exciting development.
Parent of 21 year old with ASD
Usually I have to prompt and lead my son through activities step by step. With MagnusCards, he was able to take the lead and make decisions about what he wanted to do. It was quite wonderful.
Mother of 16 year old with ASD