We accept autism just the way it is,
let us help nurture your child's strengths
We use your child's strengths to teach!
For touchscreen tablets
Better than flashcards
No distracting cartoons or animations
Evidence based training
Crisp photorealistic images
Variety of colors, textures, and sizes for each noun
Compiled list of mastered nouns for each child
Focus on connecting with child
GoManda Founder Celest Austin (left) with her sister, Amanda (right)
GoManda believes in accepting autistic individuals just the way they are.
We are dedicated to empowering autistic children by helping them ACCEPT, NURTURE, and CHEER for their strengths.
We believe every child can reach their potential, each with their own path.
While growing up with her autistic sister, Amanda, Celest Austin grew to appreciate her sister’s way of thinking. Dr. Austin was alarmed how most resources available did not nurture her sister’s unique way of thinking but instead tried to reprogram her with products and services labeled as “cures” and “treatments”. With such limited resources available, Dr. Austin’s family made sure to celebrate whenever Amanda accomplished anything with the cheer, "GoManda! GoManda!'
From then on, Dr. Austin decided to dedicate her life to autism and studied the uniqueness of autism. After obtaining her MD/PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2016, Dr. Austin knew she wanted to do more and walked away from further medical training to found a company called GoManda, named after her sister Amanda. Inspired by the unique learning style of Dr. Austin’s sister, GoManda is a company dedicated to celebrating the unique mind of autism. GoManda has created a platform that teaches vocabulary using strength-based teaching - a teaching method that works with autism's unique learning style rather than against it.
Celest Austin, MD, PhD