The View at Montgomery Hosts Resident Thank You Lunch

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Students filled The View at Montgomery’s lobby on Thursday to celebrate its latest rankings as the “Best Student Housing Project in Philadelphia,” and as the 16th best student housing property in the nation by J Turner Research. The Goldenberg Group, the real estate developer of The View, held a lunch in the lobby as a thank-you to its residents for making this possible.

A model of what “The View 2” will look like upon its completion in the summer of 2019.

The lunch also served as an opportunity for residents to find out more about “The View 2,” the building next to The View that is currently being constructed. Kevin Trapper, the Senior Vice President of The Goldenberg Group, and Gina Milner, the Executive Vice President of Marketing, joined students to explain more about the current project.

Trapper sat down with Temple Update to explain in more detail about the new building, and he also spoke about community outreach programs The Goldenberg Group works with around its residencies.

The new building will be split into two sections, an East wing and a West wing. While all of the layouts available in the current building will be available in the new building, the West wing of “The View 2” will also feature more studio apartments. The two sides of the building will be connected by a common lounge area, which will feature a fire place, more individual study rooms, and a large, open lounging area. There will be a fitness room much larger than the one in the current building, featuring specific areas for cardio, free weights and more. The new building will also host an outdoor fitness area, where Trapper explained fitness classes will take place. Along with all of these amenities, the new building will expand the existing parking area, adding 94 new spaces. “The number one goal for the new facility is to bring high quality living for it students that creates first, a very safe and secure environment for the students, and also promotes the academic experience, and also the community experience,” Trapper explained.

Trapper elaborated on how The Goldenberg Group aims to improve the communities its residencies are built in. The Goldenberg Group actually started as a way for Ken Goldenberg, the founder, to create an annuity to fund his charitable interest. The charity started by The Goldenberg Group is called “People Helping People.” Once a month, employees of The Goldenberg Group get one day off to work on different volunteer projects that will benefit the community.

One example of The Goldenberg Group giving back in the community surrounding Temple is with Dunbar Elementary School. This school is located next to The View. They’ve done various work within this school, including:

  • Building a teachers lounge for Dunbar employees
  • Re-painting classrooms
  • Hosting a “Back to School Red Carpet,” where they rolled out a red carpet for students to walk up on their first day back to school. At the end of the red carpet, each student received a backpack filled with pencils and various school supplies
  • Supplying uniforms to incoming students merging with Dunbar Elementary from another school
  • Holding an academic competition where the class with the best grades won a prize that included a movie night held in The View’s infamous Sky Lounge

People Helping People has provided everything from local grocery stores in food deserts in Philadelphia to adopting an orphanage in Kenya. Gina Milner said that a huge part of her choosing to work with The Goldenberg Group came from it having such strong roots in its philanthropy.

To find out more on how to get involved with People Helping People, click here.

BREAKING: Unite TU To Appoint Andrea Yeakel as New VP of External Affairs

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Last night, former Vice President of External Affairs for Unite TU, Adrienne J. Hines announced the withdraw of her candidacy.

Adrienne Hines, Vice Presidential candidate for Unite TU, has announced her departure from the campaign.

In an exclusive interview with Temple Update, Unite TU campaign manager, Noah Goff, stated that Adrienne had given no prior warning of her intent to resign. Goff said that Hines sent the group one text message in their group detailing her resignation, removed herself from the group chat, and then 20 minutes later, The Tab Temple released their article.

Goff stated: “We were really shocked by what Adrienne had to say. She had never raised any of the issues to us, and we are really sorry if she felt like her voice wasn’t being heard in the group. We just wish that she would have came to us first, because we would have rectified that situation immediately. Adrienne truly was a valued and respected member of our team. It was really shocking to see this last night.”

Andrea Yeakel (pictured) will replace Adrienne Hines, effective immediately.

Andrea Yeakel, Unite TU’s former Director of Communications, will be replacing Hines in the position of Vice President of External Affairs.

“Andi was a clear choice,” Goff stated. “She’s been instrumental in our social media campaigns, and in making sure that we know exactly who we are and how we represent who we are.”

Goff mentioned that Andi’s involvement at Temple, outside of Unite TU makes her very qualified for the role. Andi currently serves on the Executive Board of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, she has worked extensively with the Office of Orientation, and served as an Owl Team Leader.

“She’s been a big voice on campus and we feel she has a lot to bring to the team both in terms of her perspective, and in terms of her intellect, her skills, and her experiences,” Goff added.

Unite TU released this statement regarding Hines’ resignation this morning on Twitter:

It saddens us to announce that Adrienne J. Hines has withdrawn her candidacy as Vice President of External Affairs on the Unite TU ticket. All of Unite TU regrets to see such an invaluable member of our team resign, however, we believe in Adrienne’s intellect, abilities, and
passion and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

Presidential Candidate Danny Borine asked Adrienne to be his running mate because they shared common goals for this university and he believed in her vision. Her long-standing, close personal ties with Danny began when they attended the Julia R. Masterman School together. The friendship that they developed, as well as her accomplishments, made Adrienne his first choice in forming this ticket.

We truly want to unite the student body, and Adrienne was a clear choice to make that goal a reality. Danny sincerely believed that they could have a strong working relationship and that her voice was invaluable in achieving the campaign’s mission of uniting Temple University. She was Noah and Danny’s first choice in creating this ticket and the first person to sign on.

The first meeting she attended was a platform editing session in which points were still being added, debated, and changed. We sincerely apologize if Adrienne felt discouraged from speaking up or being included in discussions regarding our platform and what we hope to achieve if elected. The Unite TU team is shocked by this statement. Our team believes in open, honest communication between all members. We sincerely wish that she had shared her concerns before deciding to withdraw so that we could have fostered an open dialogue.

We do not take Adrienne’s statement lightly. We plan to do everything in our power to reassure the Temple student body of our values and beliefs. We stand by all of our previous statements and truly wish to work towards the unity of the student body. Our mission statement explicitly states, “The goal of our campaign is to create an inclusive, open environment that encourages all students to be active and participate in their school community.” Our entire team
wholeheartedly stands behind this mission and will continue to Unite TU together.

For more information, please contact Noah Goff, Unite TU’s Campaign Manager:

An In Depth Look At The 2018 TSG Election Campaigns

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With Temple Student Government elections coming up next Wednesday, April 4th, and Thursday, April 5th, the campaign tickets are each campaigning hard to earn your votes. This year, there are three platforms running: Unite TU, Ignite TU, and Voice TU.

Unite TU presidential candidate Danny Borine says they are focused on three pillars: supporting Temple students, improving existing resources, and accountability.

“Unite TU’s number one goal overall is to be proactive. We don’t believe that we need to react to situations if we can prevent them from happening,” explains Borine. 

One initiative they plan to put in place is Narcan training for faculty and students, and to expand the on-campus response team.

Ignite TU has a campaign slogan of “enhance, amplify, and empower.” Their presidential candidate ,Gadi Zimmerman, expressed the importance of the tangible goals Ignite TU hopes to achieve.

“I think making sure all students are included,” says Zimmerman. “That we are a diverse university, but we are not inclusive of all backgrounds and cultures of people. We are all passionate about including all of the voices that haven’t been heard.” 

Ignite TU hopes to improve current student issues such as the FLIGHT system, and work to increase security at Temple’s Regional Rail during dusk and night hours.

Voice TU, headed by presidential candidate Tyler Lum, explains their goals.

“Our platform is built on three pillars: unite, grow and advocate,” says Lum. “We want students to be vocal about issues, we want students to voice their opinion, whether that be in a formal or informal setting, and we want them to know that we have their back and that they’re being heard.” 

Voice TU hopes to address hate speech issues, provide childcare services for students with children, and improve international student orientations to be more comprehensive.


To view each campaign’s entire platform, click here:

Unite TU 

Ignite TU 

Voice TU 


Unite TU Campaigning for Your Vote in the TSG 2018 Election

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Update 3/31/18: Since publication of this article, Adrienne Hines, the candidate for Vice President of External Affairs, has resigned from her position with Unite TU. Since her resignation, the campaign has appointed Andrea Yeakel to fill the position. Yeakel was the former communications director for the campaign. Check back with Temple Update for the latest, as this is a developing story.

Original Post 3/29/18: 

Led by presidential candidate Danny Borine, Unite TU is taking a proactive approach to this year’s Temple Student Government Election.

Borine explained to Temple Update that “Unite TU’s number one goal overall is to be proactive. We don’t believe that we need to react to situations if we can prevent them from happening.”

The team holds itself to three pillars:

  1. Supporting Temple students
  2. Improving existing resources
  3. Accountability

Their top two ticket items include improving mental and physical health resources and substance abuse support.

Venice Salcedo, the team’s Vice President of Services candidate, explained how the team plans on taking a proactive approach to these issues.

“We really want to improve orientation trainings. So when students come for orientation, we want to be able to tell them exactly what resources we have at Temple, and what resources are in Philadelphia community as a whole,” Salcedo explained.

The team also hopes to continue initiatives such as the Cherry Pantry, which provides food to students who are struggling financially and cannot afford to buy food.

Unite TU is the only ticket to state in their written platform that they do not support an on campus stadium.

Borine went into more detail about this, explaining that Unite TU feels that the university is not being clear enough with its plan of action for the stadium, and that this lack of transparency is not helping the ongoing struggle between North Philadelphian community members and Temple students. He went on to say that until Temple can provide more transparency on the plan moving forward, and one that will satisfy the members of the North Philadelphian community, he and his team will not stand behind the idea of an on-campus stadium.

Along with the transparency they hope to see from Temple with the ongoing stadium debate, Unite TU hopes to keep a strong sense of transparency within their own administration. They hope to keep open relations with the student body to make sure everyone enjoys their time at Temple.

Unite TU’s full platform is available to read here.

Temple Runs Broad | A Team With A Purpose


The Broad Street Run is a race that brings 40,000 people to the city of Philadelphia each spring. If you’ve ever seen this 10 mile-race, you may have noticed matching Temple t-shirts on quite a few participants. Runners wearing these shirts are part of the Temple Runs Broad team.

The team is a combination of what used to be separate Temple Police and Temple Risk Management teams. Professor McCloskey of the Fox School of Business initiated their coming together.

McCloskey told Temple Update “The origin of our team was Risk Management students and Temple Police, then it was Fox students and police. Then last year we really started to pull in students that were outside the business school, and we also started to pull in employees that were outside of the business school.”

All team members are required to make a $20 donation. However, every penny earned goes towards the charity of choice for each year’s fundraiser. The overall fundraising efforts are ran by the business school’s fraternity, Gamma Iota Sigma. Fundraising efforts are ran year round through different bake sales and event opportunities, with the Broad Street Run being the most lucrative event.

McCloskey emphasized how the charities chosen each year are small local charities that can really benefit from such a significant donation. This year, all donations will be benefitting a charity that is special to the Fox school. Senior Fox student, Tina Rybak, is managing the fundraising portion of the team, and explained a little more about this year’s charity choice.

“Our charity of choice is Michael’s Giving Hand. They’re a local Philadelphia charity. It’s named after Michael Donatucci, who had taken his life a few years ago. And we had selected this charity because we recently had an alum who took her life, and we’re doing this in honor of her,” Rybak stated.

Although all of the money made is donated to Michael’s Giving Hand, additional donations provide perks for members of the team. Runners running with this team receive:

  • 1 Ivory Ella tech shirt with the Temple Runs Broad team logo on it
  • Free parking on Temple’s campus the day of the race
  • Transportation from Temple’s campus to the start of the race, and transportation back to Temple after the race
  • Access to the post-race barbeque hosted by Temple Police after the race
  • Guaranteed entry to the race (even if being denied a spot in the lottery)
  • Special bib/gear pickup on Temple’s campus prior to the race.
Last year’s Temple Runs Broad team shirt

The company Ivory Ella that donates all of the shirts is owned by two Fox alums. Their company values philanthropy very highly, for a portion of all of their regular purchases are donated to Save the Elephants. Prior to their donation, Temple Police was providing shirts to their team. Temple Police also provides the transportation for runners, as well as hosts the post-race barbecue.

Temple Police Captain, Eileen Bradley, who has been running the race for 19 years is in charge of all of the benefits that Temple Police provides. When asked what food to expect from the race, she said they provide “hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, corn on the cob—we have everything! We feed everyone who runs with us and their families!” Captain Bradley is also responsible for getting runners a spot in the race if they don’t get one through the lottery.

Last year, the team had 250 runners and raised over $6000. McCloskey expressed that each year the team continues to grow, and they are really trying to get the word out to everyone at Temple University this year. “Anyone that’s affiliated with the university, or is a student of the university, alum, works, or is just a friend of the university, we’d love to have you on the team,” McCloskey stated.

If you’re interested in running with Temple’s team, there are two simple steps to follow!

  1. Between February 1st and February 16th, you must register as an INDIVIDUAL in the race lottery. You can find that link here.
  2. Send an email to expressing your interest in the team and be added to the list. From there, they will send further instruction on payment and gear pickup times.

Temple Police’s Newest Canine Officer

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Murphy as a puppy on the beach right after the Besa family got her.

Meet Murphy, the newest member of the Temple Police force.

His owner, Officer Larry Besa, has been with the K9 force at Temple for eight years now. Officer Besa has been training with his yellow lab, Jarvis, for the span of those years. He added Murphy to the family this past August.

Murphy and Jarvis playing tug of war at home.

Since then, the two have become best buds. When showing a picture of the two playing one night, he explained, “He gets a toy and then they just play tug of war for an hour. They’re buddies.”

Both dogs are trained in explosive-detection and patrol, which includes crowd control, article search, and tracking. They work at all different events ranging from the Liacouras Center to potentially out-of-state.

These dogs go through extensive training programs at the Philadelphia Police Academy to keep their skills fresh. They train at least three times a week while at work, and are re-certified twice a month. One of those certifications is for the explosive-detective portion, while the other is for the patrol aspect.

Despite all of the work that goes into training the dogs to be ready for the job, Officer Besa says it’s all worth it.

Officer Larry Besa with Jarvis (left) and Murphy (right).

When asked what the best part about the job is, he replied, “It’s a different job than the patrol aspect of riding around in a police car and answering radio calls. As the day goes on and you’re out there, you get the dog out of the car and you play with the dog and he does something crazy and stupid and it makes you laugh.”


Temple students can catch both these pups around campus, and are encouraged to always say hello!


Temple Update Exclusive: Remembering Michael Paytas

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On Wednesday morning, Temple Update broke the news of a student passing that occurred just two days prior.

Wednesday afternoon, President Englert sent out an email to the Temple community confirming the death of Michael Paytas.

Michael Paytas was a 24-year-old Business and Management student, set to graduate in only 3 weeks.

In an exclusive interview with Temple Update, Michael’s mother, Melinda Lilley, spoke with us about the sudden, heartbreaking death of her son Michael.


Michael and his mother, Melinda Lilley.


“Michael, since the day he was born, has always had a massive heart,” she began. “He always had a huge amount of friends.”

“Michael was loyal, loving, and kindhearted, and would do anything for anybody.”




Along with loving his friends, Michael was also very close with his family.

Michael and his brother’s dog “Mercedez” that he loved


“He loved his family. Our favorite memories were probably down the shore. We vacationed in Ocean City, New Jersey. We would go there every year when he was younger. He loved the shore.”


Melinda and Michael shared a special love of one Philadelphia sports team.


“Michael and I LOVED the Eagles! Tried to watch every game together!”


Melinda also spoke Michael’s passion for music.

“He was so gifted. He picked up the guitar in two seconds. He also picked up the drums in two seconds. He was so talented. He did teach himself, he picked it up on his own. He was probably around 18-19 when he first started.”

“He loved rap [music] cause of his age. He liked Rock and Roll too though, he was very diversified. He was such a good boy. One of the last songs we listened to was ‘California Dreaming ‘by the The Mamas and Papas.’ I mean he liked all kind of genres. He was such a good boy.”

Melinda took a moment to compose herself.

A photo Melinda took of Michael driving her


“We would drive to and from Temple almost everyday. His sense of humor was profound, and his laughter always made the days so much easier!”

Melinda then continued on to explain the special connection Michael held with Temple.


“He always did well in school and he cared about his grades.”



Michael Paytas died with only 3 weeks left until graduation


“He was so looking forward to graduating. It was his proudest moment. My mother paid for his college at Temple, and she’s 89 years old. The only thing he wanted to happen was that if I have to go up to Lancaster to pick you up and bring you back here to see me graduate I will do it. That’s what kind of kid he was.”

“My dad, his grandfather, George Lilley, graduated from Temple. He passed away in 2007, but my dad was hysterical! He had the same sense of humor as Michael! Both graduating from Fox- another reason he (Michael) was so proud.”


Michael and his brother, David (29).


“After graduation, he wanted to start a breakfast/lunch business with his brother, David.”


After all his family has been through over the past week, Michael’s mother, Melinda, just wants him to be remembered for the loving person he was.

“Everybody that knew him was fortunate. He just had a heart of gold. He was so grateful for everything. He had such a big heart.”



Services for Michael will be held as follows:

December 9th at 11AM

Red Clay Creek Church

500 McKennans Church Rd

Wilmington, DE 19808



Temple Student Found Unconscious in Paley Library, Dies at Hospital

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Updated: 11/30/17

Students are shocked to find out about another death of a fellow Owl.

Temple Update broke the story on Wednesday that 24-year-old Michael Paytas of Holmes, PA was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Michael Paytas, 2017 (via Facebook).

Paytas was a senior Business and Management student in the Fox School of Business. He transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College. He was set to graduate in 3 weeks.

Senior Kinesiology major, Riley Conahan, says she recalls seeing some of the series of events that took place on Monday.

“So on Monday a friend and I were walking to class past Richies and we look over and we saw an ambulance. [And] I didn’t really think anything of it until I saw them pull out a stretcher and take it to the library.”

Although Conahan took notice of the medics responding, she, like many other Temple students, had no idea of the severity of the situation.

Despite this tragic event happening on Monday, students of the university were not notified until Wednesday. Students in classes with Paytas were first notified by their professors upon arriving to classes Wednesday, noticing the empty seat where Paytas sat just 2 days before. His 10AM class “Introduction to Digital Design Tools for Advertising,” was the last class he attended, before being found unconscious one hour later. The university sent out an email to the entire Temple community later Wednesday afternoon to let them know about the passing of Michael Paytas.

Jillian Moyer, a senior Chemistry major, says she has concerns when it comes to the delay in notifications being sent out to the university. Jill tells Temple Update “As a Temple student, we wanna know when things are happening. Like, kind of soon to when they occur just so that we can be aware of what’s happening.”

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death. One source tells Temple Update a student worker found Michael unconscious in the second floor bathroom of Paley Library.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

Original Story: 11/29/17

24-year-old Michael Paytas was found unconscious on an upper floor of Samuel L. Paley Library, Monday, before being taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Paytas, a senior marketing major from Holmes, Pennsylvania transferred to Temple in 2014 after attending Delaware County Community College.

University officials have not yet announced the cause of Paytas’ death.

Students in need of support during this time are encouraged to visit Tuttleman Counseling Services.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Thanksgiving for International Students

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Junyng “Nikki” Lu, Chinese International Student (Top Left), Brendon Creed, Trinidadian International Student (Bottom Left), Hermann Doerner, German International Student (Top Right), and Rayanna Ruani, Brazilian International Student (Bottom Right).

Four different students, four diverse backgrounds and one common struggle.

For most college students, the week of Thanksgiving is a week full of good food and family time. However, international students staying in the U.S. don’t all get that luxury. With homes ranging from China, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, and Germany, traveling back and forth for shorter breaks isn’t necessarily feasible.

Chinese international student, Junyng “Nikki” Lu, is in her second to last semester in the Fox School of Business. Being that she wanted to take graduate classes, Lu has taken classes over every summer that she’s been in America. By taking classes over the longest break students have all year, she has forfeited her only chances to go home.

When asked how it feels to see her friends go home each break, she replied, “At first I heard some of my friends are going to go back to China, which I really am jealous because I haven’t seen my family for three years.”

International students staying in the States over break are interested to experience this national holiday.

Rayanna Ruani of Brazil explained that she “had heard about it in movies and books,” while Brendon Creed of Trinidad and Tobago expressed that he “would see it on TV episodes or sitcoms.”

When asked if the real Thanksgiving paralleled with what they were seeing on TV, both replied that once experiencing it first hand, they realized that it was a lot more about family than they thought it would be. Both stated that the United States’ Thanksgiving paralleled with their home countries’ Christmas.

As Temple’s campus turns into a “ghost-town,” as Creed described it, international students who cannot return home for the holidays are left to find plans. However, if a student doesn’t know many people in America, he/she may be left feeling alone on the holiday.

To avoid this, Temple’s International Student Affairs office has put an initiative into place to pair international students with host families for Thanksgiving dinner. Ed Roach, who works closely with the organization, explained the matching process.

“Mostly the way that we find people is partnering with churches locally, usually people from churches are open to bringing in new people,” said Roach. “They just want people to feel welcome.”

However, being that this holiday does not exist outside of the country, these international students say they will not feel too bad that they will not be with their own families for the holiday.

Ruani pointed out that “if it were like Christmas, a holiday that my family and I have always spent together every year, I would definitely be upset.”

Hermann Doerner (Germany) is a student athlete on Temple’s Men’s Soccer team.

Hermann Doerner of Germany says how the thought of returning home for winter break soon helps him get through not going home this week.

He said, “Of course I would like to be with my family. But since there’s no history in Germany of Thanksgiving and I’m going to see my parents like a month after when I go home for winter break, it’s not that bad.”

Unlike other international students who get to go home on breaks, Lu laughed about the amount of time that has passed since she last saw her parents.

She joked, “I know I’ll maybe [be] in the airport, you know, when my family sees me they probably cannot recognize me because in three years I’ve changed a lot.”

This link will provide information on hosting Thanksgiving for international students through Temple’s International Student Affairs.

Temple Professors Develop “GAINS” for Autism Therapy

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Think about the process of brushing your teeth. Pick up the toothbrush, put on the toothpaste, and brush. 3 easy steps, right? For a lot of people, it is an effortless process.

However, one percent of the world population lives with autism. For these people, it’s important for simple processes to be broken down into more steps.

Until now, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been the program used to help people with autism develop both academic and life skills. ABA uses a system where trained nurses and aids log their exercise activities and progress seen within their student via paper. These progress pages are added into binders full of past progress pages. Upon the autistic student receiving a new nurse, that nurse then has to go back through countless pages of recorded process with each activity to determine where to then pick the lesson up.

This process has flaws in it, though. Being that each individual aid is determining the rate in which the lessons are taught and how fast the student is picking up on the skills, human error can factor in. Results are not always accurate and reliable as they had been recorded.

Dr. John Nosek explains his latest project, “GAINS.”

Temple Professor Dr. John Nosek, along with his team “Guided Technologies,” have developed a program to help combat these issues. The program is titled GAINS, or Guidance Assessment & Information Systems.

The program develops a learning program for each individual autistic student, depending on his/her current state of abilities. The program continues to evolve a plan as the exercises are executed and the program is taking in the results of each exercise.

Speaking with passion, Dr. Nosek told Temple Update, “We incorporated into a system and created an expert agent. So basically it’s monitoring where the student is and where the instructor is. And based on where the instructor and student is and how the student is performing, we can actually coach people on what to do and what to say, how to reinforce and what help to give.”


So how does GAINS physically work?

The instructor puts on a specially designed headset that sits directly above the instructor’s ears. The headset connects via Bluetooth to a smart-app. Through sending different vibrations, the instructor hears the instructions being given by the app on how to perform each step of each individual exercise. With a simple tap after performing each exercise on either the red or the green buttons, the app updates what step is next in the exercise.

Why not just read from a book that can provide the same instructions?

By having a hands-off approach, this app allows for the instructor and student to keep a strong connection throughout their entire session. By receiving directions via headset, an instructor is able to maintain eye contact with the student the entire time, creating a trustful bond between the two.

How can it help autism education expand?

Not only can instructors use this technology, but now family members can use it as well! With it’s easy-to-use interface and low prices, families can now directly help in the aid of developmental progress within their own homes. This can even help family members understand the processes broken down more than they typically would. To answer the toothbrush question, Dr. Nosek answered that brushing one’s teeth takes 21 steps total.