Preschool SVOD app Hopster has launched a new digital playroom hub called Sense to help kids, particularly those with autism, develop sensory processing skills. Along with the extension of the app, Hopster is also debuting original content focused on accepting and tolerating differences.
The playroom will appear in Hopster‘s special themed area, and will be available on April 2 at the launch of Hopster’s “Celebrating Differences and Similarities” campaign.
New original animated fare supporting the initiative includes Punky, about a young girl with Down Syndrome; Mouk, a show introducing kids to different cultures and customs; African cultural show Bino and Fino; The Adventures of Zee, about Arabic culture; and Signed Stories–classic fairy tales told through narration and sign language.
The extension hopes to both relax kids and let them play. It includes nine screens with various textures, sights and sounds that kids can interact with by using their fingers. It is designed to help develop fine motor skills, especially when it comes to rotation and positioning.
On the relaxation side, a section of the app includes calm and meditative animations using water and bubbles, as well as relaxing instrumental music and sounds.
Sense has undergone intensive user testing and Hopster consulted with parents and special educational teachers to create a product that best fits the needs of kids with autism. In that vein, there are two color options within the app for kids with sensitivity to light and color.
The news comes just after Sesame Workshop debuted its first autistic character on the series to expand its autism initiative.