Model Me Going Places 2
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- personal growth
- handling stress
- identifying emotions
- moving beyond obstacles
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
Engagement, Approach, Support
Brief stories include real photographs of kids navigating social situations. Kids will be able to relate to the scenarios and stay engaged.
Though no customization is available, the step-by-step explanations of social scenarios prepare kids for new situations in which they can transfer what they learn from the stories to their own actions.
Interface is easy enough for kids to navigate on their own. No options allow for customization with kids' names and pictures, and the total of six scenarios limit use to a few situations.
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.
Families can talk 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.