SOCIAL SKILLS FOR AUTISM APPFIND OUT MORE
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
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, social consequences and emotional recognition into social situations and moves away from the stock answer or standard response in specific social situations.
The app is designed to be fun and at the start of the app the user will meet Kloog, an Alien from another planet who has crash landed on earth and does not understand our social customs or social situations. The user will have to help Kloog understand our social rules and customs and go on a journey with Kloog through our social world and learn with him as he interacts with people to get parts and fuel for his ship so that he can return home. User understanding is tested throughout the programme. The app can be used independently or with the assistance of a parent, teacher, tutor or assistant depending on ability and existing levels of social skills.
In a galaxy far, far away lies the planet of Zoogopholis. Kloog, one of its many inhabitants, lives a happy simple life, but dreams of visiting other galaxies and exploring other civilisations. While on one of his adventures, Kloog experiences engine trouble, and crash lands here on Earth.
To his surprise, the people on this planet are anything but normal. They insist on greetings, speak in riddles, and have strange rules around interaction. While Kloog thinks this is all too weird, he needs the people of Earth to help him to repair his ship and get back to Zoogopholis.
He soon realises that if he’s to get home, he’ll need to be social to achieve this!
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
UNDERSTANDING IS TESTED THROUGH 17 FUN QUIZZES
"LET’S DISCUSS" SECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE APP TO CONFIRM UNDERSTANDING
THE USER CAN UNLOCK FUNNY BONUS VIDEOS AS THEY PROGRESS THROUGH THE APP
THE APP IS REWARD DRIVEN AND THE USER COLLECTS PARTS & FUEL TO HELP KLOOG TO RETURN HOME
A NEW AND INNOVATIVE WAY TO TEACH SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPED BY THE SHINE CENTRE FOR AUTISM
A FUN AND INTERACTIVE WAY TO LEARN WITH A SOCIALLY CLUMSY ALIEN CALLED KLOOG
THE APP CONTAINS 17 INDIVIDUAL LESSON PLANS
OVER 350 INFORMATIONAL SLIDES
The first Social Skills for Autism app covers the key areas of Conversation Skills, Non Verbal Communication and Thinking Before You Talk.
Decoding Body Language
Staying on Topic
Concept of Honesty
Fact versus Opinion
There are a series of fun quizzes built into the app to test concept comprehension and there is restricted progress through the app until the user reaches the required level of understanding. These “evaluations of understanding” are key in ensuring that progress is based on increased competencies in each area of the app. Progress is stored locally on the users device only.
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 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.