Health—General & Rehabilitative


Early Developmental Tools for Children with Autism

Encinitas, CA


To engage and educate children with autism by creating and providing innovative tools that foster positive change and help children reach developmental milestones.

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Gerin Gaskin

Main Address

1461 Rancho Encinitas Dr

Encinitas, CA 92024 USA


Autism, ASD, Education, Media, App, Videos





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

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The incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorders is rapidly increasing, up to 1 in 68 children in a recent CDC study. One challenge for parents of young children with autism is finding tools and products that are designed specifically for children with autism and their families. See Beneath creates early development tools that are specifically designed for children with autism to support engagement and learning with their families and teachers.

Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism is our first tool and is an app that uses simplified animation and evidenced-based techniques to increase engagement between adult and child and provide opportunities to practice developmental skills. The animated videos are also very entertaining and serve as a motivating tool for all children.

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Aiko & Egor

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See Beneath's current goals are to 1) improve our Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism app and release the Skill Building game feature, 2) increase the organization's visibility and community influence, 3) continue to grow and develop the organization's capacity to increase impact, and 4) conduct research on how children respond to the Aiko & Egor videos and application.

To achieve our goals, See Beneath will implement 1) an online marketing strategy that utilizes social media, autism blogs and websites, and education resource websites, 2) establish partnerships with autism advocacy, research, product development, animation, and community organizations, 3) increase grassroots and online fundraising campaigns and target high profile individuals who are affected by autism, 4) hold focus groups and conduct research studies to test the Aiko & Egor videos and application.

The co-founders of See Beneath have a strong background in autism intervention and research from University of California San Diego. Currently, See Beneath's Board Chair is currently conducting research on the Aiko & Egor videos at Claremont Graduate University. In addition, See Beneath has a strong Advisory Team comprised of autism clinicians, autism experts, nonprofit professionals, autism parents, and business advisors. See Beneath also has a talented and dedicated Aiko & Egor production team that is comprised of animators, graphic designers, voice actors, sound engineers, special effects artists, and compositors.

See Beneath will track its impact by collecting data on the number of children and families using their products and the progress that children are making as they watch the videos. Over the next two years, we expect 5,000 children with autism to be using our videos and learning valuable building block skills while engaging with their family members. We also expect to produce research findings that support the efficacy of Aiko & Egor and obtain important feedback that will help inform the next product that we develop for children with autism.

See Beneath has received very positive feedback from children and families about the Aiko & Egor videos thus far. In 2011, we developed a pilot episode of Aiko & Egor and ran a pilot research study at UC San Diego. Building on the great feedback that we received, we incorporated See Beneath as a nonprofit in January of 2012, receiving 501(c)3 tax-exempt status later that year. In April of 2012, we raised over $14,000 during a successful Kickstarter campaign. In addition, we placed 2nd in the University of San Diego Social Innovation Challenge and received a $7,000 grant. We have also received recognition from other competitions, including placing 2nd in the 2012 UCSD Executive Summary Challenge, and being named a semi-finalist in the 2013 Dell Social Innovation Challenge and the 2013 Global Social Venture Competition hosted by UC Berkeley.

We have released the Aiko & Egor: Animation 4 Autism app that contains 6 episodes, roughly 60 minutes, of animated video content. The app can be downloaded by searching "Aiko & Egor" on the App Store and Google Play Store. The app has thousands of downloads across Apple and Android users.

See Beneath hosts an annual community event for Animation 4 Autism Day during Autism Awareness month in April. We also participate in many local community events by having a resource booth and bringing the Aiko & Egor mascots to spread the joy of Animation 4 Autism.

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