Social Stories

Common Sense Media says

Simple story creator can help kids with social situations.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no instructions, and the app requires a bit of trial and error to figure out. Although it's not completely intuitive, once that's done the interface is quite simple and easy to use.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Developer Pufferfish Software offers a simple, reader-friendly privacy policy. The app has no integration with social networks and does not collect any data or analytics.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Social Stories is a basic tool for creating stories to help kids understand and navigate social situations. The app has tools for creating stories with multiple pages, each one of which can have a picture with a text and/or an audio caption. The audio is digitized by the creator, and you can add images from the included stock pictures or your own photo library, or you can take pictures directly with the camera. There are no instructions, but the interface is easy to use once you figure it out.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection
  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The combination of pictures, text, and audio, in addition to consistency and predictability, will engage most kids.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn how to navigate social situations before they happen and can transfer what they've learned in the app to their real lives. 

Support

There is very little support in Social Stories, but the app is fairly easy to figure out.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • following directions
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • self-reflection
  • work to achieve goals

Kids will learn through whatever social stories are presented, and they can take a role in creating stories as well. Social stories are custom created to fit the needs of the child, and this app provides a quick and easy way to do that. Kids identified with Asperger's or as being on the autism spectrum can learn though these social stories, as can their peers. The intended learning is usually some form of social behavior that can be modeled through the use of social stories. Social Stories is a basic tool that, with the right input from an adult, can help kids understand social situations.

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What's it about?

Story makers put pictures, text, and audio on pages to create a story. Pictures can be stock or original, and audio is recorded right on the device. The goal is for the story to make a positive impact on current or future behavior.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SOCIAL STORIES is a quick and simple way to create social stories for kids on the autism spectrum and for any others who might benefit from structured, predictable, story-based behavior reinforcement. As a tool, it's very basic, and the real value kids get out of it will depend heavily on what the adult puts into it. With the right planning and effort, Social Stories can be a good tool for helping kids understand and appropriately handle social situations.

Families can talk about...

  • Parents often play the key role in creating social stories. You can improve your ability to do this with the Social Stories app by becoming very familiar and comfortable with it.

  • Help make the experience engaging for your kid by developing a library of meaningful photos.

  • Work collaboratively with your kid to develop stories when appropriate.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 6, 2013
Category:Education
Size:10.60 MB
Publisher:PufferFish Software Inc.
Version:3.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 6.1 or later

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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