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Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Super-simple emotion-regulation tool offers too little.

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Very simplistic, I was hopeful for more to help my son use it for a coping mechanism but I might as well had been using PECS.

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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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