I’m always looking for activities to work with my late elementary and middle schooler students on critical thinking/problem-solving and perspective taking skills. It always seems challenging to find the right material to address these concepts in a one-to-one therapy setting. Recently, I’ve been using the Social Quest App from Smarty Ears to do so. It offers a great starting-off point for discussion around a variety of social concepts. The concepts are broken down into various contexts such as community, home, and school. The student or therapist selects a context, and the student is “transported” there, and then provided with social situations to problem solve. The app is set up in a game like format, set in the Renaissance era (which students really love), and provides rewards along the way as the student progresses through the questions. You can use in a group setting or individually, and it saves your data which can also be emailed/shared with parents. I’ve been pairing this app with other therapy strategies including Social Thinking’s © Social Behavior Maps, a variation of Comic Strip Conversations ©, and even basic role play to assist students with problem solving the various social situations. Self made thinking and speaking bubbles have also been helpful to assist students with problem solving various situations when they are “stuck.” The settings allow various ways to adjust difficulty level. I’ve even been using a “low tech” means of covering up answer choices on the screen with good old paper, and having the student generate their own outcomes. They then can look at the provided choices, and make their decisions as to the “best” answer. This app has been a great tool in recent therapy sessions, and led to important social discussions. For a more thorough review on the ins and outs of this app see Constantly Speaking who recently did a great post.
Submitted by Meghan Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
*all4mychild was provided with a promotion code for the Social Quest App, however the post is reflective only of Meghan’s personal opinion.