A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to handle stress, anxiety, and anger in a positive way. This tool may be especially relevant for kids with special needs, social challenges, anxiety, or anger issues learn self-awareness as they begin to identify when they "need a break" and practice calming down. Though it could use a good dose more complexity, Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool helps kids ask for a break in order to regain their emotional center in a healthy, concrete way.
Ease of Play
Very easy to use. Just two options (the story or the calm counter), and one setting to adjust the voice to a male, female, or read-only audio.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The visuals and voice prompts that accompany a simple, easy-to-understand message may help arm some kids with a healthy approach to emotion regulation, but many will expect more. Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool may connect with some kids' needs and assist them in getting a handle on angry or anxious emotions. The social "story" is not much of a story, but is rather a short collection of slides that normalize kids' emotions ("Everybody gets angry."). There are visual, verbal, color, and counting cues that make up the app's one calming strategy and may help kids with different learning styles. But with just one basic strategy and a short story that's not really a story, it's likely that many kids will not connect with the material or will find it unappealing -- or even downright boring. Because there's so little to it, Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool risks being not particularly useful as a tool. Parents may want to think carefully about their kids' needs before forking over the money for this one.
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