Friday, March 21, 2014

Guest Blogger, Wendy, has a FREE app for you: Model Me Going Places

Recently, there have been a number of apps posted about social behavior. I wanted to share a little more about one of my favorites for children who have difficulties with social interactions.

Do you have students or children who are anxious when faced with going out into the community? I do, and Model Me Going Places is an excellent app to help! These six short, step-by-step real life photos will explain in simple, clear language how to go to the hairdresser, the mall, the doctor, the playground, the grocery store, and the restaurant.

If you would like to download Model Me Going Places 2 (Free, iPad/iPhone), please support Smart Apps for Special Needs by using our link:

External link to the developer's website.


Video modeling for social skills is a great tool for helping children and adolescents.  I have found it beneficial for students who are on the autism spectrum (including autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS). The app also suggests it is helpful for students who have a non-verbal learning disorder or developmental delays.

Kids watch captioned videos to listen and see what will happen when they go into the community. Advance preparation before an outing typically leads to a more successful event, by taking the guessing and the anxiety out of the trip. Expected behavior in various situations can also be discussed with Model Me Going Places™. Only one step is posted per page to allow for discussion.

There are no in-app purchases or ads. The app does has a link to the Model Me Kids website. There, you can purchase full length DVD videos for modeling social skills.

Model Me Kids is a series that is well known in many schools. Your child may have already seen similar videos. It is appropriate for ages 2-17!

This app is a great way to ‘use it on the go’ or at home, in a quiet setting. The best part - it is FREE!

From iTunes:
Model Me Going Places™ is a great visual teaching tool for helping your child learn to navigate challenging locations in the community. Each location contains a photo slideshow of children modeling appropriate behavior.

- Hairdresser
- Mall
- Doctor
- Playground
- Grocery Store
- Restaurant

Touch the forward and back buttons to move through the photos one by one. Or simply press the slide show button to advance photos automatically. A home button brings you back to the navigation menu where you may choose your next destination.

This app is based on the Model Me Going Places™ DVD, part of the Model Me Kids® social skills training series for children and teenagers with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

The app includes audio narration (English) and descriptive text of each photo.

Wendy has many years of special education experience as and is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is always looking for new apps to help her students learn!

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