Thursday, April 3, 2014

Featured App and Giveaway - Let's Be Social: Top App for social and pragmatic skills

Until my son came along, I assumed everyone just picked up social skills naturally. I had never heard the word pragmatic. His Aspergers diagnosis opened my eyes to how important, yet difficult, learning social and pragmatic skills can be for people on the autism spectrum. Let's be Social: Social Skills Development by Everyday Speech offers an amazingly easy to use tool for anyone working on these skill sets. Through preloaded social stories and accompanying questions, children can focus on common interactions, emotions and social situations. There is even the ability to create personalized stories and questions to further develop situations specific to a child.

Giveaway is over, but you can still save $5 on this top app! Hurry, sale ends April 29, 2014.

If you would like to download Let's be Social: Social Skills Development ($14.99 on sale for $9.99, iPad Only), please show your support by using our link:

Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest will open within the app under the About Us tab in Settings. The developer's website can be opened within the app in settings also.

My six-year old son and I love this app. The layout of the lessons in different categories makes finding specific lessons easily. One of the categories listed is school behavior which includes six different lessons. Since many of these are situations we have been working through for the last six months, we started with these lessons. The full list of 5 skill sets and 25 lessons is located below.

Once we picked a lesson from the categor,y he easily figured out how to have the story read aloud to him. He is starting to read, so having the ability to read straight from the screen, have me read to him, or push a button to hear the audio is great. Plus, the audio for each part can be replayed as many times as needed.

In Let's Be Social, the student and teacher or parent can go at whatever speed works best. Since there is no time limit or driving force within the app to advance through the questions at a certain pace, the child can discuss and work on comprehension for as long as necessary. Questions can be reviewed, whether answered correctly or not, and the child can return to the story for review.

This app is also highly customizable. Preloaded lessons and questions can be removed but most importantly, personalized lessons can be easily added. Unlimited lessons can be created within existing categories or whole new categories created and populated.

Whether someone is new to social stories or has been using them for years, Let's Be Social is a fantastic app to add to a tool kit. With lots of built in flexibility and customization, parents and therapists can easily personalize the app to best fit their child.

Giveaway will run through April 12th. Winners will be announced on Facebook and contacted through the email associated with their Rafflecopter entry.

From iTunes:
Model and Teach Social Skills & Pragmatic Language!

With 25 premium lessons written by ASHA certified SLP's, and the ability to create completely customized lessons from scratch in minutes using your own pictures and text, Let's be Social is a powerful tool designed to help special needs professionals and parents model and teach social skills to those that struggle with social communication.

Premium Lessons
- Lesson Summaries model expected actions and emotions felt during each lesson
- Q&A mode breaks the lesson down into smaller parts and measures retention
- 70 custom illustrations show each lesson in detail
- 25 Lessons (full list below) are organized in 5 skill sets: Personal Interactions, Navigating the Community, School Behavior, Handling Change, and Social Relationships

Create your Own Content
- Fast, intuitive content creation tools allow the user to create completely customized lessons on the fly
- Address any one of the hundreds of social interactions that happen every day
- Take pictures or use images saved to your device to support your lessons. Take pictures during role playing exercises to save those memories! Or, take pictures of relatives to prepare for a family trip.

Who is Let’s be Social for?
Because of the ability to customize, Let’s be Social can be used with a variety of age ranges. Our content has been used with children and young adults ranging from kindergarten through high school. Our content was created by certified SLP’s, and can be used with individuals who have disabilities including:

- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- DevelopmentalDelays
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing
- Social/Emotional

Parents of Neurotypical children have used Let’s be Social to prepare for big events in their children’s lives.

Full Lesson List
Personal Interactions
- Making Eye Contact
- Greeting Friends
- Keeping Personal Space
- Taking Turns in Conversation
- Joining a Group

Navigating the Community
- Going to the Doctor's
- Playing on the Playground
- Eating at a Restaurant
- Going to the Movies

School Behavior
- Sitting in Class
- Making Inappropriate Noises
- Waiting in Line
- Eating in the Cafeteria
- Respecting Teachers
- Reading in Front of the Class

Handling Change
- Transitioning at School
- Dealing with Disappointment
- Going to a New School

Social Relationships
- Apologizing
- Making Friends
- Hurting a Friend's Feelings
- Playing at a Friend's House
- Being Teased
- Helping a Friend
- Understanding Jokes

Rachel H and her under the weather son have spent some quality time snuggling and playing with some new ASD apps she recently downloaded.

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