The first thing that caught my eye when I previewed Let’s be Social!, by Everyday Speech, was that it was created by licensed speech- language pathologists. I knew that the lessons would be similar to those that I would incorporate in my own sessions because my peers were the designers! This app strives to teach the following social skills in 25 lessons: recognizing emotions; solving problems; forming friendships; and predicting outcomes.
Each lesson begins with a short summary of a social situation/story and is followed by a series of questions with vivid pictures that depict appropriate emotions without much background distraction. Simply select what you believe to be the best answer choice and immediately see if your answer was correct. What I would like to see in future updates is a brief explanation for errors and an expressive component that only shows the question without answer choices. I think the expressive piece would not only ensure user comprehension but also make the app a little more appropriate for upper elementary aged students.
The lessons in this app seemed most appropriate for my kindergarten through second-grade clients; however, you are given an opportunity to add your own stories which you could gear towards older students. Here is what the developers have to say about their app:
We put the power in your hands! We know every child is different, so we provide the ability to create completely customized content! You can create your own lesson summaries, questions, and import your own photos. You can create entire lessons from scratch in an instant with our question creator. Let’s be Social! was created specifically for those with autism, Asperger’s, and developmental delays.
About the Author
Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP has her own speech-language practice, Therapediatrics. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Naperville, Illinois who was has been practicing Speech Pathology for close to two decades. Her blog, speech2me, was named one of the top Speech-Language blogs for 2012. For more information about this practitioner, please visit speech2me Blog or Facebook