Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Video Tutorials

Getting Started:

Tutorial #1 – How to Create a Card Deck (MagnusCards Web Version)

Tutorial #2 – How to Use a Card Deck

Tutorial #3 – How to Edit a Card Deck

MagnusCards – FAQs

  1. Q: What is MagnusCards?MagnusCards is an online and mobile application that combines a proven method of instruction (task analysis) and elements of game design (positive reinforcement) to assist teens and adults with cognitive special needs to function with greater independence at home and in their communities. Users team up with Magnus to create and build a collection of digital Card Decks, each providing step-by-step instructions paired with pictures for a variety of key life skills tasks and activities. Magnus rewards the user for following the steps to complete activities in real life
  2. Q: Who is Magnus?Magnus is a wizard who used his magic to complete everyday activities like cooking, cleaning and crossing the street. When Magnus loses his magic powers one day, he finds himself completely helpless. Now, Magnus and his faithful friend Rusty are on a mission to build the life skills library: A collection of instructive Card Decks that teach Magnus how to live without magic. Along the way, Magnus encourages users to master life skills with him by rewarding them with points for practice and memorization.
  3. Q: What is a “Card Deck”?A Card Deck is just what it sounds like – a deck of cards (digital cards, which appear on a computer, tablet, or smart phone). Each Card Deck focuses on a specific activity or aspect of daily living. A Card Deck can contain up to ten cards, and each card can contain text as well as pictures and audio. Depending on the individual’s capabilities, a single Card Deck might cover an entire activity (for example, visiting a fast food restaurant) or just one element of an activity (for example, standing in line while waiting to place an order at a fast food restaurant).
  4. Q: How will MagnusCards help?
    The world can be an unstructured and confusing place. MagnusCards provide structure in any setting, while encouraging skill mastery within twelve areas of daily living:

    • Health
    • Safety
    • Cleaning
    • Food
    • Money Managment
    • Personal Care
    • Social
    • Travel
    • Shopping
    • Fun
    • Arts & Culture
    • Sports & Entertainment
  5. The digital step-by step guides break activities down into manageable steps, which the individual can then work through at their own pace. As the individual collects and creates Card Decks, they are creating their very own personal collection, which they can then refer to whenever they need help. The character of Magnus acts as a personal sidekick, prompting the user to practice the skills they will need to live with greater independence, safety and freedom.
  6. Who can benefit from using MagnusCards?
    1. Teens and young adults with cognitive special needs, including:
      • Autism
      • Down Syndrome
      • PDD-NOS
      • Asperger’s
      • ADHD
      • Developmental Delay or traumatic brain injury
    2. Caregivers of individuals with special needs:
      • Parents
      • Family members
      • Long term care providers
    3. Educators of individuals with special needs:
      • ABA therapists
      • Institutions
      • Schools
      • Teachers
      • Home-school providers
  7.  Q: How does it work?
    • Collecting Card Decks: Users choose Card Decks from the Life Skills Library within twelve main categories (listed above in Question #4) to add to their personal collection. There are new Card Decks to collect weekly.
    •  Create Card Decks: The card creation tool enables users to easily create instructions for a variety of activities. Text and pictures can be added to create Card Decks that suit different learning styles. Card Decks that are created can either be kept private in the user’s personal collection or shared with the MagnusCards community in the Life Skills Library. Users can add real photos to Card Decks with the built in camera feature of MagnusCards on mobile devices.
    •  Use Card Decks: Users follow the instructions on Card Decks in order to navigate the steps of an activity in real life. Enabling voice feedback allows users to listen to the written instructions on each Card Deck. All Card Decks, either from the Life Skills Library or user created, can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet device for off-line access and easier use.
  8. Q: What are the minimum technical requirements for MagnusCards Web?Any Windows or Mac OS based desktop or laptop computer with a working internet connection can access MagnusCards. MagnusCards is also available for iOS and Android phones and tablets as well as mobile web applications. An internet connection is required to download the Card Decks; however, once they are on your mobile device, they are accessible off-line.
  9. Q. How do I get MagnusCards for my mobile device?
    • Begin by creating an account on under the join tab.
    • Download the MagnusCards app available on the Apple app store, or Google Play store.
    • Open the app and login with your username and password.
  10. Q: What testing has been done with MagnusCards and people with cognitive special needs?MagnusCards has been tested and developed in collaboration with Autism Ontario and Centennial College. Online testing has been done with users in 27 countries worldwide with a wide range of cognitive special needs.
  11. Q: Where can I get additional support and training with MagnusCards?There are video tutorials for using MagnusCards at the top of the page. You can also use the email form or send direct emails to Inquiries will be answered within 24hrs.