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Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic app teaches emotions, coping strategies for kids.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify emotions and successful coping mechanisms, as well as hone interpersonal skills to help them manage a variety of social situations. The CGI animations also help kids handle stress by developing self-reliance to move beyond emotional obstacles. The in-app visual and aural cues are accessible to kids with developmental and learning differences. While the aural and video cues can't be modified, still picture and text cues can be customized to match specific emotions and coping strategies. The customization options and impressive animations help make My DPS a great way to learn about emotions.

Ease of Play

My DPS is very easy to use -- kids choose an emotion and a coping strategy, then watch a short video to see the coping strategy in action. Adding photos is easy too. Just touch the plus sign at the bottom of an emotion or coping strategy screen to take a picture (using the device's camera) or select one from your camera roll.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My DPS is an excellent app to teach emotions and problem-solving techniques. The app focuses on identifying a variety of emotions through facial expressions, body language, and written/spoken language, and suggests coping strategies to deal with a range of social situations. My DPS is short for "My Digital Problem Solver" and uses CGI-animated videos to show social situations and coping skills in settings relevant to kids. Kids and adults can customize the app by adding their own pictures and text to emotions and coping techniques.

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Kid, 11 years old April 18, 2016

great feelings and strategies apps

I use this app for coping strategies and it is very fun

What's it about?

My DPS has realistic animation for eight emotions (bored, happy, surprised, mad, annoyed, sad, frustrated, scared) and four coping strategies (positive self-talk, take five deep breaths, take a break to calm down, keep negative thoughts in my head). Kids choose a picture showing how they feel, and another of a coping strategy showing them how to calm down. Then they watch an animated video showing their character successfully using the coping mechanism to ease their emotion. The video ends with written and verbal praise reinforcing each lesson.

Is it any good?

My DPS is an excellent app to help teach emotions and social problem solving techniques. It's easy to use, can be customized to show a variety of emotions, and teaches valuable everyday life skills. The CGI animations are impressive, and the app's music is calming with comforting lyrics. The app would be even better if it had a spoken text option for non-readers and if the animations in the coping strategies matched the specific emotion chosen; the ability to import video to customize coping strategies options would also be a boost. That said, My DPS is a fantastic tool to help kids learn effective coping techniques.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk about how facial expressions and body language convey how a person might be feeling. What if someone is smiling, or if their arms are folded across their chest?

  • Talk about how characters in different picture books or TV shows might feel based on their facial expressions and body language.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, reading, reading comprehension
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, decision-making, deduction, defining problems, making conclusions, part-whole relationships, prediction, problem solving
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, listening
    Emotional Development: empathy, handling stress, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, moving beyond obstacles, perspective taking, self-awareness
    Self-Direction: effort, identifying strengths and weaknesses, personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection
    Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
    Responsibility & Ethics: making wise decisions, respect for others
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 8, 2012
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 37.80 MB
  • Publisher: The Language Express, Inc.
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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