Social Language / Pragmatics

Entries into each section on this wiki will be structured so that this basic information is available. We will include the TITLE of the application, with a link to the broad description and rating on iTunes. The ICON is simply a screen shot of what will show up on the device. WHO describes the student you have used this particular app with. WHERE indicates whether the app was used at home, school, or in therapy. HOW describes the manner in which you used it. This is also the place to elaborate on other ideas for application. WHY/WHY NOT provides the contributer an opportunity to indicate the value of the app, whether they would use it again, and rationale for the opinion. We invite anyone else who has used the app to comment on anything about it... different whos, hows and whys....


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Mini Adventures Let's Go

Mini Adventures ABC Animals

Mini Adventures Music
What: This app supports letter awareness, but is mostly about vocabulary development for three areas, with 3 separate apps:
Mini-Adventures-Let’s-Go-Learn (124 Transportation Modes)
Mini-Adventures-Animals from A-Z (262 Animals)
Mini-Adventures-Music (125 Musical Instruments)
Each app presents a letter, with examples of words in the category that start with that letter. Each word (e.g., bagpipes) comes with multiple picture examples and multiple videos.

Why: This app offers engaging pictures and videos. The three topics (separate apps) permit teachers or families to choose activities that are of interest to their students. The three apps promote commenting, which is a rich social skill.

Who: The photos and videos are well-selected and are age-respectful, so these videos are great for both children and adults. I have used them in small groups and with individuals, in schools and homes.

How: Click a letter to get:
• Multiple options for that letter (ex: B = 18 music instruments, including bagpipes, banjo, and bassoon)
• Clicking on an item (ex: bagpipe) = image + letters for that name (ex: bagpipes b a g p I p e s)
• Tap the screen to get the next image about the same item
• Click the video, then the play button to see a 30 second to 2-minute YouTube video about the item (Note: you must be online to view the videos!) Tip: Be sure to click the small ‘expand’ symbol to make videos full screen!
• Swipe to go randomly to the next item (not necessarily the same alphabet letter)
• Click the button in the upper right corner to get to the full alphabet and explore new items

Using Videos to Support Commenting for Students Who Use AAC:

• Tell students in advance that you will both be commenting about the videos:
a) Model positive comments (COOL; EPIC; GOOD; WONDERFUL)
b) Model negative comments (BUMMER; YIKES; OOPS)
c) Model neutral comments (ex: WELL; OH; YEAH)

• Click on the video (note – you must be online to view videos)

• Show the video (note, you may want to show it several times)

• Pause for students to comment

TIP: You can customize cards and categories. Thus, you can name the item, and add the students’ responses (bagpipes – COOL FUN LOUD)

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite

Additional Ideas:
Value: I think this app has great value for learning vocabulary about animals, music, or transportation, and excellent value for commenting on the photos and videos, but less value as an alphabet-learning task.
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Knock Knock Jokes 4 Kids
What: This app includes 36 jokes suitable for children. The special feature is that this joke includes two voices to share each joke. Ex: Knock Knock. Who’s there? Adair. Adair who? Adair once, but now I’m bald! The jokes are clever and the voices are great. For example, the voice for the ‘Opera’ joke sounds like an overly cultured woman!

Why: The main reason to use this app is for the fun social interaction. However, knock knock jokes are also fun to explain to children age 6 and over (ex: Adair once, but now I’m bald . . . it means I HAD hair once . . . ). Great for building phonemic awareness at a higher level!

Who: This app is great for students age 6 and up who are looking for ways to connect with friends.

Where: I’ve used this app in small group activities, and individual sessions, at school and at home.

How: This is a very straightforward app. Pick a joke, then you can go forwards or backwards for other jokes. You can also press the play button to hear the current joke again.

Submitted by: Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite
Additional Ideas:
Value: This is an good free app. My only wish is that there were more jokes!
Social Skills Sampler
I used this app with a highschool student who is in the resource and general education setting with social language difficulties to provide video modeling and strategies to handling criticism. I choose this app as a way to introduce social language concepts and behaviors that can be difficult for students with social language delays. This app did a great job introducing what criticism is and the steps to appropriately responding. The videos zoom in on facial expressions, reactions, and actions to help the students pick up on the cues they need to for each concept. I found it helpful that each step of handling criticism was explained and modeled in a video. After each step we would talk about what the person did in the video and how it effected others thoughts. We also talked about different types of criticism such as fair criticism and unfair criticism. It provided a great discussion tool about concepts that students with social language difficulties can have a hard time understanding and responding to appropriately.

Other topics covered are:
  • Be Polite and Courteous
  • Join Others in Group
  • Apologize/Excuse Self
  • Follow Directions
  • Handle Criticism

Submitted by: Lisa Gray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Additional ideas/comments from others:
I think this app is a great app to introduce and model social language concepts that will continue to be targeted. It is a great tool to refer back to when a student may need a refresher of appropriate reactions. And its free!!!!
Social Express Lite
I used this app with a group of highschool students with intellectual disabilities to target their ability to identify how actions effect feelings, create cause and effect statements, and narrative retell abilities. The lite version of this app comes with two lessons, one targeting feelings and the second targeting how to handle problems/emotions. The visuals were engaging and very age appropriate for this group of students, they watched the interactions intently. When using the feelings lesson, their is a video of a girl who drops her ice cream cone and her reaction. After this, the app stops to ask the student to identify how she feels and presents two thought bubbles to choose from. I used this as an opportunity to talk about the differences in facial expressions. Then we used the carrier phrase "She feels _because__" to target understanding cause and effect. Then we would talk about what happened before she dropped her ice cream cone, during, and after to practice narrative retell skills. We used the videos in the problem solving lesson in a similar way.
Submitted by: Lisa Gray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Additional ideas/comments from others:
The graphics and videos were great! The lite version only has 2 lessons but is free! However, once you use the two lessons it is not something you could really use again and again with the same students. The full version is $89.99 and comes with 30 scenes or lessons. Though it is a cool app, I do not feel that I get enough of an idea of what the other 30 scenes would be about to feel motivated to spend that much money.
Middle School Confidential: Be Confident
I have used this application with higher functioning students with social thinking and interaction difficulties. These stories are in the form of a comic strip and address some of the feelings are difficulties those who are socially different experience. The students like the art work of the stories and topics. I used the story Fact Finder: Getting at the truth. This chapter addresses assumptions people make. This facilitated a discussion about reasonable and unreasonable assumptions and to use "think, know, guess" in situations that self talk may be negative. I was able to refer back to this conversation and story many times when the student would start to make unreasonable assumptions during therapy or about others.
There are 8 chapters titled:
Do you like the way you look?
Sometimes I worry what other people think.
Sometimes I just lose it.
Meet the opinionator.
Fact Finder: Getting at the Truth
I don't get it.
I'm stressed out!
I like who I am.

Submitted by: Lisa Gray, M.S. CCC-SLP
Additional ideas/comments from others:
The way these stories are presented and the language they use are very relatable to adolescent students. I feel getting 8 chapters makes it completely worth the money. I want to check out the other books!
Adorable Gwen the Talking Penguin
This talking app is adorable! The kids keep asking for it over and over. I have used it to reinforce "why" Gwen is feeling a certain way with children who are diagnosed with Autism. The goal being that the students are able to express "why" they are feeling a certain way. Gwen laughs when she is tickled, is scared when she catches a scary fish, is happy when she slides around on her belly, and gets mad when you make her twirl around and fall down.
The app is also great for teaching prepositions and facilitating verbal speech since she repeats what you said to her. There is also an option to record a "hello" and "goodbye" in the lite version of this app.
Submitted by: Patty Ashby
Ideas ffrom others:
I have used the lite version which is great.
For more features,use
the full version for .99. The lite is free.
Too Noisy

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I use this app with my school social skills group. We use it to monitor our classroom volume when participating in group work or game playing. When it gets too noisy, the background color changes and the face goes from frowning to crying. You can adjust the sensitivity as well.

Submitted by: Victoria Riggs, M.S., CCC-SLP
Additional ideas/comments from others:
I have used the free version and the students love it!

You can upgrade to "Pro" for 1.99 which allows access to more themes, and alarms.
All About You All About Me Fun deck from SuperDuper
I use this app with my social skills group to practice asking and answering questions. You can add "players" and keep track of data (+/- only) as you go through the questions. You can also select which questions to ask. When you touch the screen, the question is read aloud, and you can swipe to change the question.

Submitted by: Victoria Riggs, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ideas from Others:
I love how many questions are included in this app and that there is auditory feedback. The only downfall is that the images are cartoons and may seem immature for older students.
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Social Skill Builders
I used this app with individuals (pre-teens) at a middle school. Videos can be paused so we can discuss what is happening. At the end there is a score based on answers to questions. In the school-aged level it teaches the difference between laughing at someone vs. laughing at a joke. I use this primarily with individual students during speech therapy sessions and they share personal examples after seeing the videos, but had trouble sharing before that.

Submitted by: Laura Stevenson, SLP (
worthwhile to get the full version because you get more stories