Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities: Social Skills with Friends App Patricia Snair Koski

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Ages: 3-8

Here's what you've been asking for: Matt & Molly in an app! The Matt and Molly stories and activities provide functional education for children with special needs. This app provides fun and easy-to-use lessons that teach concrete, daily living and social skills that children need to be independent and function in society.

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities are widely popular and highly successful speech therapy materials in book and software formats. This app features the loveable characters from that series, Matt and Molly, who provide functional education for children with special needs. The fun and easy-to-use lessons teach children with autism appropriate behaviors for greeting friends and maintaining friendships.

The eight Social Skills with Friends lessons are:

    • Matt Greets Molly
    • Matt Cleans Up with His Friend
    • Matt Plays Soccer with His Friend
    • Molly Eats a Snack with Her Friend
    • Matt Plays Video Games with His Friend
    • Molly's Friend Gets a New Hat
    • Molly Plays Dolls with Her Friend
    • Matt Plays Blocks with Molly

      Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills "stick." Matt and Molly show children the right and wrong ways to act in situations involving friends, allowing the children to divide the behaviors in their minds into "black" and "white." This minimizes the "gray" areas of social interaction that children with autism spectrum disorders don't understand or like. Follow up each story with three fully-narrated, interactive language activities based on the theme:

      • wh- questions – choose the picture that answers the question
      • yes/no questions – touch the yes or no balloon that answers the question
      • text match items – choose the story picture that matches the words

      For each activity, items are automatically scored and the student receives immediate audio and visual feedback. When the child completes an activity, view the score and track progress using the comprehensive Summary screen for all three activities. Use these documented results to report progress or modify your therapy approach and goals. The record of student performance helps you know exactly where to start your next session.

      Children's social behavior and social language skills will develop and, in turn, the children will have reduced anxiety in social situations. This facilitates more compliant behavior and allows the children to feel better about themselves for a job well done!