My son Alexander who turned 3 in September, was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He went through all the testing; in school, with diagnosticians and with therapist and though I knew he was a very bright boy, his scores on were very low. Once I got the diagnosis, I started looking for answers or anything that might help my son. Fortunately, I found the Mental Imagery therapy for Autism (MITA) program.

One of the most challenging problems I encounter when trying treatments for my son is keeping his attention. Most programs he only uses for a moment and then quickly moves on, refusing to try the program again. With MITA, he stays interested for a long time. Most of the time, I’m the one trying to get him to take a break from it! Aside from offering a multitude of changing pictures and puzzles, they quite thoughtfully also change the format of the puzzles; from orientation of the puzzles to the types of puzzles being solved which helps keep it interesting. Giving the instant praise after solving a puzzle as well as the big “Play Time” reward is a huge help as well. He jumps up out of his chair and is so excited every time he solves a puzzle and makes it very special.

What’s also wonderful about this program, is being able to see the change in him. To be able to see him think about and solve the puzzles, something he wasn’t able to do a few months ago is astonishing. Puzzles and other cognitive activities were a very big area of opportunity for him, but within the first week I was able to definitively see a major difference in him and his ability to problem solve and process.

I have tried many things for my son, even before the diagnosis to no avail. But I have no doubt that one of the most profound changes came after he started the MITA program and I’m so thankful that I found it. The MITA App is giving my son a beginning and a chance and for that, I can’t thank ImagiRation Inc enough.
– Amber Bonasse, USA

Dear Dr. Andrey Vyshedskiy,

My son Ahmed is now playing MITA language game highest difficulty level on his own as your suggestion without me interfering as little as possible, his Bengali language level increased to a noticeable phrase form (he is 7 years old), for English language, he can understand better, for social behavioural improvement, I would say, we are trying hard. Nowadays, he plays MITA happily and does not even want to play ‘talking ginger’ afterwards. Sometime asks for YouTube to watch ABCD Nursery rhymes, for all this I am really grateful to you, I would always thank you.

For other parent’s my suggestion would be to make the child play it twice a day,  what I did at the beginning was I took a bowl of small apple (green) cubes or roasted cashew nuts or pomegranate beads, and solve one puzzle and you can have one apple cube that was the deal but you have to say it first. Now he doesn’t need bribing.
– Anwara Perveen
(Ahmed was working with MITA daily for 11 months before this review was written. He was not verbal when he started.)

My grandson turned 3 last year and was not reaching some milestones. We were told by the doctors it was probably Autism – we were already thinking this. He was diagnosed definitely last year and we have initiated lots of activities to help, [including] your apps. I can definitely say they have helped him to concentrate, and he feels an achievement when he completes the puzzles.
– Doreen Mann, USA

I am a speech therapist and like to use [MITA] app as a reward for my students with autism in their last little bit of therapy. They love it. … My personal children love to play it as well…
– Allison Humber, USA

We want to tell thanks to all developers of this magical app for ASD kids. I and my son grateful for your care
– Мирослава Калашник, Україна, м. Харків

I would like to express my support of the ImagiRation application MITA, which is designed to improve the visual and language skills of young children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I have had an opportunity to use this application, in conjunction with the language therapy, with preschool children who were diagnosed with moderate to severe language delays.  The application served both as therapy and a reward and was well received by the students.  At the end of one year, I have been able to track not only improvements in the mean length of utterance of the users, but also in their fine motor ability.  The application is entertaining, intuitive, accessible to educators, therapists and parents, and is rooted in extensive and well-documented research.  Data tracking is automatic and kept for each user.  I highly recommend this software to both parents and professionals.
– Elizabeth Kalmanov, MA, CCC-SLP

My son Sam was diagnosed with autism when he was about 3 years old (he is now fourteen). Over the years, Sam has received multiple standard treatments, including ABA, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. He has also taken various medication targeting hyperactivity, anxiety and aggression. All of the interventions above had variable and transient positive effects on him. Some had no effect at all. Over the years, I have tried different approaches to engage my son in meaningful interaction, with very limited success. One example of positive interaction we had was going swimming, playing basketball and going cross country skiing. Among non-physical activities, the only one that Sam enjoyed was watching films together. However, all of these activities were limited to very short time intervals. Sam was not able to get meaningfully engaged for more than 30 minutes, even when he liked something.

When we started using the MITA application developed by Dr. Vyshedskiy and his team, I was utterly surprised to find that Sam was immediately interested and able to immerse himself in solving problems for more than an hour at a time. Sam works on MITA puzzles every day and enjoys being successful with them. The gradual increase in complexity and comprehension of more than one variable at a time boosts Sam’s attention. While doing the exercises, Sam becomes calm and remains so for long interval and even for some time after it. The MITA program has become our favorite interactive activity.

I would like to share my opinion about the impact MITA has for a child’s intellectual development. I am aware that Dr. Vyshedskiy has a PhD in neuroscience. He is an author of many articles and has written a book on the Origin of Human Mind where he has put forward his views on acquisition of language during primate evolution. In recent years, Dr. Vyshedskiy has become interested in applying his views on language acquisition to practice and started to develop programs for human brain development. Based on what I see happening with my son when he works on those programs, I can conclude:

1. My son displays intellectual capability, which I thought for a long time was missing. Not only was I amazed to see that Sam is able to regain the ability to think, the MITA program somehow stimulates a dormant neurological process, which is able to subdue pathologically activated brain centers responsible for hyperactivity (both motor and verbal) and aggression. I hope that as we continue working on MITA, Sam’s brain will be getting more and more attuned to meaningful intellectual activity, which would eventually replace or at least subdue pathologic nervous circuits.

2. The dynamic nature, multiple variables and increasing complexity of the MITA program that we see so far appear to be only the tip of the iceberg. Building on his theory of brain development, Dr. Vyshedskiy will certainly extend his programs to areas of speech and occupational therapy.

3. Based on my personal experience outlined above, this is the first time I find something for my autistic son that is undoubtedly beneficial and non-invasive.
– Igor B. Rozenvald, MD

My son is talking to me! I can communicate with y son tenfold since this awesome app and our autismspeaks workshops
– Rebecca Savage

Awesome app for kids with autism/asd Very good app, my 2 1/2 yr old son has autism & he loves this app. He is very fussy when it comes to apps but loves this one & it’s good that you can adjust the level to suit their age/ ability. Thumbs up
– Makesi Saumamao

Novel therapeutic tool A very interesting new therapy for autism. While remaining fun and engaging this app fuses cutting edge theoretical research with an interface children can love.
– Iosif M G

Comparative to Nabi. My only complaint is size but there’s so many things to do it has to be huge in MBs . My son is 4 and was DX at 18mths w/ ASD. He cannot get enough of this app. Seriously it is comparative to the preloaded children’s tablet NABI.
– Kimberly Weisner

Amazing This is truly fantastic. My 3 year old loves this. Took him just at few weeks to learn how to complete the puzzles before I had to add more via the parental settings. He has started putting his blocks together in matching colours now. Now he won’t let us use the tablet now!
– Totley Moss

Very good – This application is very useful for children with autism
– Ramy Shahin

Great App This is a wonderful app containing adaptive puzzles that increase in difficulty according room your child’s performance. My three year old absolutely loves it. The parents’ corner and information about autism are useful. I would recommend this whether you have received a diagnosis or haven’t and are still unsure.
– L Swatt

We love it Our son has been learning quickly this is one of his favs
– Heather Delapp

Perfect I am really pleased to see how well my special needs child is doing with this game. Great app for pattern recognition. I wasn’t even aware of how much she understood these concepts till we played this due to her limited language. I’m seeing her learn from it too. Its extensive and has a lot to offer by way if variety and longevity. Thank you for the great app!!
– Samuel

Awesome app for kids with autism/asd Very good app, my 2 1/2 yr old son has autism & he loves this app. He is very fussy when it comes to apps but loves this one & it’s good that you can adjust the level to suit their age/ ability. Thumbs up
– Makesi Saumamao

Very good application. Learning steps for children. Complete activity from easy to difficult with automatic ability checker to adjust difficulty depending on the child. Application is quite fast, no lags whatsoever, maybe because using lg g3 (im not to sure for other phones or tablets). For those parents wanting their little ones to learn or for those parents using this app for its intended purpose, its a 100% recommended. Thumbs up. Keep updating and upgrading. Note: This app is quite large.
– Rozano Dollente

My son uses this app as well as early intervention therapy, and I have seen so much progress it is amazing. I love that this app keeps up and adjusts to how well a child is doing and the software is used accordingly to his needs. Every time I fill out an assessment i can see where he stands and how he is improving, based on its scores which are very helpful. I am so glad to be able to use this app and provide my son with the extra push in order to progress. I am truly thankful and believe the work that is done with the program is truly a gift. Thank you guys for giving the children this wonderful opportunity.
– Yaya’s mommy (Apple Store review)

Being a fellow autism supporter I approve of this app.
– Bvchnvchnb (Apple Store review)

Hands down this is the only app that catches my sons attention and has got him to want to use the tablet
– Google Play user

My four year old son loves these puzzles. I think he is getting better than me at solving them. Thank you for making this app!
– Mary S.

Great for helping children develop. I really loved how this application made my daughter think outside the box. She is two years old and I am always looking for different types of mental stimuli for her. I especially enjoyed that there were puzzles of varying difficulty to keep challenging her as she grows. The puzzles had various goals, too, to keep it from getting too simple. Excellent app!
– Thomas Bradley

My five year old loves the app. Some puzzles are quite difficult. Sometimes I see how his brain is working hard. I think challenge is good for him!
– Matt Murphy PhD

my son absolutely loves this app and I do too! we often spend time together working on the puzzle. It’s a lot of fun with benefits: I’ve noticed significant improvement in concentration and attention. Simply magnificent product!
– Vasiliy Alibabaevich

My son spent longer solving these puzzles than playing with some of his favorite toys…
– Edward Khokhlov

Excellent collection of puzzles My son, 6, got a hang of it right away. Can’t pull him away now. And it is good for his brain! Perfect…
– Alex Ganelis

Really a great game for development of cognitive skills and unlike other puzzles we tried, my kids actually loved it. The images are fun and never boring. I find my 5 year old son keeping coming back to play and he has gotten much better at it. The in-app purchase was well worth the money!
– Freview

My 3 year old son made huge progress forward after using the application for 4 weeks. His focus and attention span has increased, he is listening better to stories, recognizing letters and numbers. I will continue to use the application and looking forward to further improvements. Thank you so much for making it available!
– Ghg113

Iam 10 years old but i love this game
– Sarah Khadr