Mirani, Australia – The iMums, a children’s tech review site, is featuring 30 days of promotions in honor of Autism Awareness Month, beginning April 1. During the month, the site, which reviews iPad apps for children, will highlight sales, giveaways and news of apps and products for kids on the autism spectrum.

“About 1 in 50 schoolchildren in the United States are on the autism spectrum, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Alison Hirst, one of four members of The iMums, a group of four mothers from four corners of the globe who review products and technology. “The iMums are dedicated to helping parents and teachers find quality technology to help autistic children communicate and learn.”

The iMums have partnered with Appabled, a site founded to help educate special needs parents and professionals about apps and Apple technology, for the month of promotions. Specials for the month include:

* An exclusive sales page, with sales from prominent developers of special needs apps, including TobyPlaypad, Social Express, Speechbox and Ablevox AAC
* A news page with updates and important product information about apps designed for autistic children
* A Featured Free Apps section of autism-focused apps. The iMums and iGetitApps will provide at least one free app per week related to autism
* Promo codes for free apps from developers like Social Express, JustKidsApps, Picture Can Plan and PlaneTree Family Productions
* Giveaway of a GripCase for an iPad (United States only)
* Giveaway of a custom Dreamcatcher weighted blanket, developed by parents of an autistic, nonverbal son to help calm him and help him sleep worth $200 (United States only)

“The iMums want to showcase apps helpful to those with this complex neurodevelopmental disorder,” Hirst said. “All of the apps we recommend have been carefully screened and field-tested to ensure quality. This is particularly important for families with special needs children, who often rely on apps to supplement therapy.”

The iMums site also features reviews of educational apps for children with other special needs, and for the typical child. The iMums, four moms from four corners of the earth, met online while searching for and reviewing apps for their own children. In 2011, they formed a children’s tech review site to help parents and educators find the best educational apps. The iMums are founder Amanda Powell of Australia, Hirst of the U.S., Grace Shirley Chong of Singapore and Mary Mahon, a United Kingdom native now living in the U.S. Collectively, the group has 11 children ages 1 to 18.

To date, The iMums and partnering educational app developers have given away nearly $8,000 worth of iPad minis, cases and apps to families with special needs, teachers and speech pathologists. The iMums review educational apps and tech items to help parents and teachers find the best teaching tools for their children. The iMums also sponsor “Freebie Fridays” to give away promo codes for kids’ apps, and highlight free and sale apps in the marketplace.

The iMums

The iMums are four mothers from different parts of the world dedicated to informing parents about the best digital stories, educational apps, fun games and technology products available for their family. With eleven children between them ranging in age from one to 18, all of which use varying types of technology devices, and over 15,000 apps collectively, The iMums feel they are more than qualified for their job. Copyright (C) 2013 The iMums. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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