ABOUT SOCIAL SKILLS FOR AUTISM

The Social Skills for Autism app is designed to teach children, adolescents, teenagers and young people with autism the social skills they need to operate effectively and comfortably in social situations.

APP ONE

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The app is designed to assist the user in understanding the social world in which they live and to teach social skills in a fun and meaningful way.

The Social Skills for Autism app also tries to address the nuances in communication and social interaction by introducing the concepts of context sensitivity.

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APP TWO

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This app covers the key areas of friendship, bullying and online safety. The app has 18 fully animated lessons and takes the user on a fun and interesting journey to enhance their social understanding and social skills.

A really exciting part of this app is that 3 teenagers with Asperger Syndrome feature in the app and they were also involved in the design and development of some of the characters and storylines.

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WHO WE ARE

The Social Skills for Autism App has been developed by the Shine Centre for Autism, a Not for Profit, Registered Charity based in County Cork in Ireland. The Shine Centre has been working with children, adolescents and teenagers with autism and their families since 2001. In 2010 the Shine Centre developed an in-house programme called Personal and Life Skills (PALS) to help our children and teenagers learn and understand about the often confusing social world that surrounds them.

The PALS programme has consistently shown very encouraging results for those who attended the programme both through the data collected and anecdotal evidence from their parents and carers. The problem with the PALS programme was that it was classroom based and limited in the number of children who could attend. Over time the Shine Centre was inundated with requests to join the programme. In 2013 work began on bringing PALS to an app platform, the Social Skills App (Mission Rescue Kloog) is a result of this work and we hope that we have created a fun and engaging app with all of the proven elements of the PALS programme to assist our children, adolescents and teenagers with autism to better understand and operate in the social world.

To learn more about the Shine Centre please visit www.shineireland.com

Our mission is to help our clients make distinctive,
lasting, and substantial improvements in their performance

Laura Crowley
APP AUTHOR

Laura Crowley holds a Masters Degree in Education and a Degree in Early Childhood Education from University College Cork and is currently the Programme Manager for the PALS (Personal & Life Skills) Programme at the Shine Centre.

Laura has been responsible for the conceptual and content development of the Social Skills App drawing on her experiences and data from the PALS programme. She specilaises in the areas of social skills training, inclusive education and integration and also heads up the Building Blocks Educational Support Service at the Shine Centre. Laura currently lectures in the ACE Programme in Autism Studies in University College Cork.

Aoife Collery
APP AUTHOR

Aoife Collery holds a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and a Degree in Applied Psychology. Aoife has been working with children and teenagers with autism from early intervention through to the teenage years throughout her career.

Aoife has worked for 4 years on the Personal and Life Skills (PALS) programme and has been part the Building Blocks Educational Support Service as well as contributing to content development for the Social Skills app project. Aoife is currently involved with a number of projects involving children and young adults with autism and other needs, including groups aimed at developing friendships and anxiety management.


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