As a child I was really raised to have what is referred to as “common sense” when it comes to most of my social interactions. My parents taught by example, but now there are wonderful companies like Social Skill Builder who provide real world examples of all kinds of tools children need to interact in day to day life.
The social skills software we reviewed is called My Community and was very interesting to go through with my first grader. Several different components make up the cd-rom including video scenarios, questions, and picture matching focusing on a wide array of social interactions and safety concerns. While this software was developed to assist children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder it really is a wonderful tool to open dialog and conversation between parent and child on a variety of issues. The most important part of this program was that not only were different situations presented - the cause and effect of choices made was highlighted in a clear way for children of all ages to comprehend. My first grader has Sensory Integration Dysfunction and while occupational therapy has taught him coping techniques for many of his sensitivities he definitely learns well by being shown concrete cause and effect. He has told me several specific examples of scenarios from My Community showing up in his day at school and he was happy to have an immediate response instead of wondering what to do.
Life skills presented in My Community can be helpful to a wide variety of children and I applaud the clear and easy to follow format the information on the CD-Rom is presented. While common sense may not be as common as it was in the past, My Community opens the door for you and your child to learn and explore important facets of social interaction to build important life skills to last into adulthood. Be sure to check out the demo on the website if you’d like to learn more about this wonderful tool.
Review sponsored by the Parent Bloggers Network