Nish Parikh wanted to reach autistic children and ultimately help them become more independent. He thought about what his own children liked — technology, animation, color, fun characters and positive reinforcement. So he set about trying to reach autistic children using those principles.
Parikh, CEO of Somerset-based WebTeam Corp., developed Shanesh Colors Program, an “interactive, educational intervention program for children with learning disabilities or with autism or autism spectrum related disorders.” The program involves the use of kiosks in schools or in his after-school program, and he also designed apps to be used at home.
“It’s an innovative way to deliver evidence-based therapy like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA),” Parikh said, adding that there also is an integrated tracking and monitoring system.
Parikh owns Shanesh’s COLORS Academy at Raritan, which uses the program via special touchscreen kiosks and cameras recording their success. Children use colorful and animated apps designed specifically for their needs in the after-school program to reinforce their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).