We accept autism just the way it is, 

let us help nurture your child's strengths

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NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!

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Currently available on iPad only 

iPhone version coming soon

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We use your child's strengths to teach!

For touchscreen tablets

Better than flashcards

No distracting cartoons or animations 

Evidence based training

Common nouns

Crisp photorealistic images

Variety of colors, textures, and sizes for each noun

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Track progress

Compiled list of mastered nouns for each child

Focus on connecting with child 

 
 

About Us

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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.

Our Team

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

FOUNDER/CEO

Suzanne Byrne,

BCBA, MEd, LBA

EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Suzanne Byrne is a passionate educator and advocate for neurodiversity.  After completing her BA in Linguistics and Psychology at Rutgers University, Suzanne began her career by teaching life skills to adults with different abilities in NY. After seven years of field work with adults, she decided to pursue an advanced degree in Special Education. While earning a M.Ed. in Special Education at University of Texas at Austin with a focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, she began working as a teacher at the Moore-Weis Children’s Center and as an in-home applied behavior analysis provider with Aspire.

 

In 2009, Suzanne partnered with three parents to open a non-profit school for autistic children. She opened William’s Community School in 2011, creating an integrated education model where speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavior analysts, and teachers work collaboratively to help students learn quickly and efficiently. Suzanne is passionate about the research and technology that can supplement learning for individuals with autism and other neurodiverse individuals. 

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