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AppStream and Ripple Effects Team Up to Help Children Cope With Traumatic Life Experiences

AppStream and Ripple Effects Team Up to Help Children Cope With Traumatic Life Experiences

PALO ALTO, CA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/16/06 -- To quickly reach more children with help in the aftermath of recent school violence, AppStream, Inc. and Ripple Effects announced today that they will join forces to make science-based online training easily available to children, at no cost.

AppStream, Inc., a leader in on-demand PC software deployment, is providing the software delivery mechanism through its free software-on-demand service called AppStreamLive. Ripple Effects, a leader in software tools to solve behavior problems, is providing a free software module titled "Dealing with Hard Things." To make sure this resource gets to children when they need it most, the companies are making the program available for a short time at no cost. The training program can be used by children and their supporting adults such as counselors, teachers, parents and psychologists. The free program is available immediately at www.appstreamlive.com

AppStreamLive, the delivery mode for the free tutorial, is a free website that enables PC applications to be accessed online very simply and easily since downloads and software installations are avoided. AppStreamLive removes the technological barriers that often come with installing software, so users can begin accessing software programs within minutes of streaming.

"Dealing with Hard Things" is a tutorial designed to help children ages 7-10 cope with difficult times in the wake of traumatic experiences. Children can use the software independently or together with a counselor, teacher or parent, and it is particularly useful for the indirect victims of recent violence -- kids who have seen disturbing television images and heard horrifying stories. The tutorial promotes three important components of resilience: managing feelings, asking for help, and regaining some sense of personal control. The tutorial is drawn from Ripple Effects' comprehensive training software, which helps children develop skills to reduce their chances of becoming either perpetrators or victims of violence, manage difficult issues, and connect more deeply with caring adults.

"Although professionals have to be involved with direct victims, for the thousands of indirect victims of violence and terror, massive counseling is not a practical option. Computer-mediated guidance is," says Ripple Effects CEO Alice Ray, a national expert in social-emotional learning, Emmy-winner, and Clinton presidential appointee to a national youth violence prevention initiative.

"Ripple Effects' software program for helping kids cope with trauma, combined with AppStream's simple method for accessing PC software, will immediately provide children with a powerful tool for overcoming difficult life experiences," said Brad Rowland, vice president of marketing, AppStream. "The entire team at AppStream is proud to be able to use our technology for a program such as this one."

About AppStream

AppStream, Inc. is a leader in on-demand application deployment and management. By combining streaming and virtualization technologies, AppStream offers IT customers the most flexible application management solutions at the most affordable price, with the fastest implementation time. AppStream does this through patented technologies and partnership with industry leaders. AppStream is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and is backed by leading venture capital firms. For more information log onto www.appstream.com

About Ripple Effects

Ripple Effects makes technology-based learning tools guaranteed to positively change social behavior. The company's engaging, science-based applications having been shown to improve behavior, reduce social injury, boost academic outcomes, and build social-emotional strengths, for children and the adults who work with them. Founded in 1996, Ripple Effects has won more than 30 national awards for its products, and its leadership in creating both social and economic value at the same time. For more information log onto www.rippleeffects.com

Contacts:

For Media Inquiries:
Brad Rowland
AppStream, Inc.
650-251-2500

Lisa Copass
Stepping Out Communications
925-253-8445

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