A Lot or a Little?
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Kids can learn how to interpret more than 65 facial expressions, types of body language, and everyday expressions using built-in video or audio clips. Watching people interact in common settings will help kids apply what they learn in real life. Kids take an active part in making choices, keeping them involved and learning how to interpret messages that would be difficult to convey in a book or a worksheet. Between the Lines Level 1 allows kids to analyze common social interactions without risk and gives parents the ability to customize and view data about what their kids are learning.
Ease of Play
Once you put in your settings, the app is easy to use. Simply follow the green arrows and either listen to or watch each clip and choose the answer you think would be best.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Between the Lines Level 1 helps kids practice social inference, or "reading between the lines," by interpreting body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice. Kids with autism spectrum disorder or other kids who have trouble reading social cues are likely to get the most out of it. The situations are presented in video clips but shouldn't be used as social modeling, as some clips model rude behavior such as interrupting conversations. Parents can see data and customize the number of selections kids can choose. Periodically, there are games kids can play that serve as rewards; the games aren't related to the learning content.
Is It Any Good?
Between the Lines Level 1 is great to use with kids who are struggling with auditory processing and pragmatic language issues. Learning common expressions can be especially challenging for some kids; using video clips of social interactions allows kids to relate to a variety of everyday situations. Between the Lines Level 1 gives kids the opportunity to see and hear everyday language as they learn to understand how to be successful in their everyday lives. It's unlikely that kids will get lost in the reward games, but they might need supervision to make sure they don't lose focus.
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