Kids who are on the autism spectrum often have trouble interacting with peers, with self-regulation, understanding body language and idiomatic language, transitions, and more. SŌSH offers tools that can help with social-skills development; the app focuses on five skill areas: Relate (Connect with Others), Relax (Reduce Stress), Regulate (Manage Behaviors), Reason (Think It Through), and Recognize (Understand Feelings). Among other features, kids get behavior-tracking areas, a voice meter, an interest log, and a Shredder that they can use to visually "shred" any negative thought, feeling, or situation.
Kids can start with the Questionnaire, found by tapping the "Sosh" button on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Kids answer yes or no to 12 questions, such as "I have been told I do not make good eye contact" or "I avoid social outings." For any "yes" answer, a link to one of the skills areas pops up to facilitate that skill. For example, selecting "yes" for "I avoid social outings" and tapping the link takes kids to the "Out and About" page, a subcategory of the Relate skill. Kids see two activity choices, either "Get Out!" or "Explore." Choosing "Get Out!" offers a flow-chart type of fill-in-the-blank graphic where kids identify the way they feel and what they don't want to do (socially) -- but, given that specific activity, the resulting feeling might be ___. The "Explore" choice takes kids to a Locations screen where they have the option of connecting to the Internet to find places of interest nearby. More than 60 screens let kids explore and learn how to handle social situations of all kinds (with help) and archive their experiences for reflection.