I was so inspired by the story of Yelm’s Scott Deutsch from the local newspaper that I contacted and requested if Mr. Deutsch would share his story with all of you – in his own words.
Here is his unique entry:
Scott Deutsch a resident of Yelm, just created an app for the Android platform called Life Skills Winner, which teaches social and life skills to people that are on the autism spectrum and other special needs individuals. Having a sister, Marcy, who is autistic, Scott knows first hand the problems that people that are on the autism spectrum have.
Using his knowledge from DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management, he created WiseMind Studios. Originally, he was looking for a job, but the game industry was really not looking for entry programmers that had no published titles. Therefore, Scott created WiseMind Studios and created Life Skills Winner.
Scott was lucky enough to get into a business incubator in Tacoma called William Factory Small Business Incubator as a desk tenant.
Scott had help from Open Door Autism and Autism Awareness of Washington by getting feedback for Life Skills Winner.
There are two versions of Life Skills Winner on Android, pro and lite. The lite version is free and the pro version is paid. However, if you buy the pro version, part of the revenue will be donated to autism charities/organizations. This makes it a simple way to help the autism community while the child learns.
The tasks in the lite version has the following: brushing teeth, brushing hair, and washing hands. The paid version has the following: the previous 3 tasks, making a sandwich, putting shoes on the right feet, and the correct distance to stand when speaking to someone. The pro version will get more tasks.
Life Skills Winner teaches these tasks in an interactive way, which has positive feedback like getting points when completing a step in a task. With these points, the tasker can obtain prizes that the parent has put in the app. The parent decides how many points it takes for a prize to be obtained. Each task also has resources like videos besides the video game format.
Scott is currently in the process of porting the app to iOS devices.
WiseMind Studios is looking for angel investors to invest in his idea so he could hire people to get more tasks out quicker.
Future ideas of this app could be an achievement system, analytics of what the tasked does so the parent/care giver knows what they are learning, sync between devices, etc…
Contact Scott to talk more at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE TELL SCOTT YOU READ ABOUT HIM ON THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG!