Connect through conversation ...
in a whole new way.

Sidekicks gives kids with autism
tools to tap potential, opening up
pathways to help them
help themselves.

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What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“Sidekicks could help him with expressive language, conversation, social skills, and fluency. He loved the whole experience!”

A mother after trying Sidekicks

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“He is thinking up appropriate responses, analyzing emotions and engaging in conversation in ways we never thought possible. Progress with Sidekicks has been steady and consistent.”

- Mother of Sidekicks Coach-On-Demand Pilot Program Participant

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“He was connected emotionally and genuinely happy, like for 30 minutes he had a friend who was interested in him.”

Mother of Sidekicks Coach-On-Demand participant

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“He’s opening up and expressing things that he hasn’t told us before! He likes it — he knows what’s going on and he wants to use it again.”

Sidekicks Pilot Program participant

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“My son is absolutely loving it! I see so many possibilities for this app to help build his communication skills.”

Sidekicks Pilot Program participant

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“Sidekicks helps me calm down, and then I have someone to talk to.”

A 14-year old boy with autism

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“That was fun and I want to talk more like that.”

A 17-year-old with autism

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“Sidekicks has made him more confident and more social with his peers. It’s a great addition to his other therapies and activities.”

Mother using Sidekicks with her son

What People are Saying About Sidekicks

“It was like talking to a friend.”

Foundations in Science

“Individuals with autism use their affinities like Enigma machines to help decipher an otherwise incomprehensible social world.”
-- Kevin Pelphrey, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

Latest research shows that harnessing the strong, self-directed interests that are a defining feature of autism can help spectrum kids decode their feelings, social interactions and their place in the wider world.

By combining advances in neuroscience and technology, Sidekicks is a new way for those with autism to engage with others, unleash untapped capabilities and open the gates to emotional connection.

Our Story

As told in the best-selling book and Academy Award nominated documentary, Life, Animated.

Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia, turned their son Owen’s passion for animated movies into a pathway to regain his speech, make friends and lead a meaningful life. Ron started Sidekicks to help families everywhere do the same.

At age three, Owen lost his speech. Soon after, Ron and Cornelia realized he had memorized every line in his favorite animated movies and was using them to make sense of the world.

As other parents learned the Suskind's story, they wanted to know how to use the same approach with their children, thus sparking the vision for Sidekicks.

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