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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn appropriate social behavior and the impact their actions have on others around them. They learn to use tools such as listening with their whole body and using their eyes to think about others in the group. As they watch videos of kids in situations they themselves may be in -- taking turns, waiting in line, or eating lunch in a crowded cafeteria -- kids practice identifying expected and unexpected behavior. Although it looks a bit outdated, Social Detective has a solid foundation and features content that's relevant to kids who need practice with social skills.
Ease of Play
Easy to advance among each of the three parts. The audio and visual cues help make it accessible to all users.
Products & Purchases
Opening screen prompts users to see other paid apps available from the developer. When returning to the home screen between tests, kids may be prompted to rate the app in the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though the look and feel are a bit outdated, this set of practice exercises is an incredible video resource for kids who may benefit from practicing social pragmatic language. Younger users may need consistent parent support while learning these behaviors, transferring these skills to real life by utilizing consistent vocabulary (expected vs. unexpected behavior) and using social tools to assess situations (for example, looking with your whole body). The vast variety of scenarios offered as kids progress from video to video is astounding, and kids can practice picking out which expected behavior to look for when they're in that situation next time. Research is available on the Social Thinking website along with links to curriculum to enhance pragmatic language development, so the approach and content are sound. Some kids (and parents) might find the overall look and functionality to be a little old school and it's pretty pricey, but if you look past the imperfections, the inclusion of videos starring real kids (even if a bit cheesy at times) is much more powerful than tips and instruction without context.
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