Model Me Going Places 2

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Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media
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Narrated photos prepare kids for social situations.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn expected social behaviors for six public settings. Depending on how parents or teachers choose to use the photo sets, kids can learn to self-assess and reflect on their behavior in each setting. For kids who struggle with social situations, the app can help them identify their emotions and learn to handle stress. The app also offers an opportunity for kids to improve speaking and communications skills. With parent or teacher guidance and feedback, Model Me Going Places 2 can help kids develop important social skills.

Ease of Play

The app is very easy to navigate and use. Large buttons with visual cues help kids choose from the six sets of photos. Forward and back arrows make for easy navigation within the social skills tutorials.

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The info screen advertises the Model Me Kids line of videos for social skills, available on DVD at the company's website. A link on that screen, as well as a link on the title screen, takes kids and parents to the website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Model Me Going Places 2 is a social skills aid designed for kids with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays, but the tutorials could be useful for any kid who needs help building social skills. Six sets of photos with narration demonstrate appropriate and expected behaviors at a hairdresser, mall, doctor's office, playground, grocery store, and restaurant. The app is a supplement to the Model Me Kids line of DVD videos for modeling social skills, which is advertised within the app.

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What's it about?

On the menu screen in MODEL ME GOING PLACES 2, kids and parents can choose from six locations: hairdresser, mall, doctor's office, playground, grocery store, and restaurant. Each includes a set of 12 photographs with a child modeling the expected and appropriate behavior for each setting. With each photograph, kids see the text and hear a child narrator. For example, at the doctor's office, kids see a photo of a child in the waiting room and see and hear "I sit and wait my turn." Or at the mall, "I stay close to my dad" and "I keep my hands to myself."

Is it any good?

Model Me Going Places 2 is a valuable tool for parents, teachers, and therapists working with kids who need support in developing social skills. Each photo demonstrates a behavior or experience and provides clear and simple language kids can understand. Parents could review the photo sets with their kids before an outing to prepare them for the experience -- or after as a way to help kids reflect on their actions and behavior.

It's wonderful that the app is free, but it's clearly a teaser for the Model Me Kids line of DVDs. The demonstrations are fantastic but are limited to six locations. In looking at the extensive collection of resources offered on the website, we're hopeful that more of the company's content will be made available on mobile platforms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their emotions and behavior in different settings. For example, "How do you feel when you go to the doctor?"

  • Prepare kids for social outings by talking through what they can expect and how they should behave. Provide a limited set of concrete expectations, as modeled in the app.

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