One of my favorite treatment tools is my iPad. It is so versatile and can be used with almost any child. I have several favorite apps that I find myself using again and again. One of them is Conversation Builder by Mobile Education Store. This is an app that I use with my elementary-aged social thinking kiddos who are working on conversation skills. It is an interactive app that leads a child through a "conversation" with another child, allowing them to practice the art of small talk. Let me tell you how it works.
Here's what I like about this app:
1. It is a great way to lead a child through those tricky small talk situations and to practice ways to introduce themselves into a group activity. The photographs are bright, appealing, and sure to elicit questions and comments.
2. You can go through the exchanges at your own pace. You can discuss each option if you'd like, or you can discuss why the less-preferred response doesn't work.
3. You can listen to the recorded responses and discuss things that make the response sound unnatural, like intonation patterns and rate. You can then practice new ways to say it and re-record.
4. You can discuss the conversation after you play it back and talk and let the child give you feedback about his role. And you can provide feedback as well.
5. You can extend the conversation by asking the child what he might say next, without the use of prompts.
6. The settings allow you to have flexibility. There are 4 levels of play: 1 on 1 - 4 sentence exchange, 1 on 1 - 8 sentence exchange, Group - 4 sentence exchange, and Group - 8 Exchange. You can also choose if the student or the "peer" (i.e. the pre-recorded child's voice) will be the conversation initiator.
7. The app has 40 conversations in the Standard Conversation Module, which is what you get when you purchase the app. You can purchase additional modules, such as Animal Themed Conversations, Holidays, Playground Conversations, and Conversations with Friends around Town, in addition to several others.
I highly recommend this app and hope that you find it as useful as I do. Two thumbs up to our friends at the Mobile Education Store!