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Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Skills with Family App
Ages: 3-8   Grades: PreK-3

Here's what you've been asking for—Matt & Molly in an app!  The Matt and Molly stories and activities provide functional education for children with special needs.  This app provides fun and easy-to-use lessons that teach concrete, daily living and social skills that children need to be independent and function in society.

Outcomes

  • Improve social skills
  • Process verbal information
  • Answer yes/no and wh- questions
Autism PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Skills with Family App
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Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities are widely popular and highly successful speech therapy materials in book, software, and online formats.  This app features the loveable characters from that series, Matt and Molly, who provide functional education for children with special needs.  The fun and easy-to-use lessons teach children with autism appropriate manners and behaviors to support relationships with family members.

The eight Social Skills with Family lessons are:

  • Matt Visits His Grandmother
  • Matt Visits His Grandfather
  • Molly's Uncle Visits
  • Grandfather and Molly Cross the Street
  • Molly Has Dinner at Her Grandmother's House
  • Matt's Aunt Visits
  • Molly's Cousin Visits
  • Matt's Cousin Visits

Developed by Patti Koski, an SLP in private practice who works primarily with children on the autism spectrum, the stories and activities are broken down into a limited number of steps to make social skills "stick."   Matt and Molly show children the right and wrong ways to act in situations that involve extended family, allowing the children to divide the behaviors in their minds into "black" and "white."  This minimizes the "gray" areas of social interaction that children with autism spectrum disorders don't understand or like.  Follow up each story with three fully-narrated, interactive language activities based on the theme:

  • wh- questions – choose the picture that answers the question
  • yes/no questions – touch the yes or no balloon that answers the question
  • text match items – choose the story picture that matches the words

For each activity, items are automatically scored and the student receives immediate audio and visual feedback.  When the child completes an activity, view the score and track progress using the comprehensive Summary screen for all three activities.  Use these documented results to report progress or modify your therapy approach and goals.  The record of student performance helps you know exactly where to start your next session.

Children's social behavior and social language skills will develop and, in turn, the children will have reduced anxiety in social situations.  This facilitates more compliant behavior and allows the children to feel better about themselves for a job well done.

 

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  • Stories about specific social situations help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
  • Repeated reading of stories about specific social situations improves social understanding for students with ASD (Gray, 2000).
  • Students with ASD should receive instruction in functional, spontaneous communication; new skill acquisitions; generalization and maintenance in natural contexts; and functional academic skills when appropriate (NRC, 2001).
  • Visual supports have been used successfully to increase social communication and generalization to new activities in students with ASD (ASHA, 2006).

Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Skills with Friends App incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.

References

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2006). Guidelines for speech-language pathologists in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders across the life span [Guidelines]. Retrieved August 17, 2009, from www.asha.org/policy

Gray, C. (2000). The new social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.

Kuoch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.

National Research Council (NRC), Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. (2001). In C. Lord & J. McGee (Eds.), Educating children with autism. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Author(s)

Patricia Snair Koski

Biography

Patti Koski, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in Baltimore, Maryland.  Through private therapy, Patti primarily works with children on the autism spectrum.  Her Matt and Molly stories have played an important part in her therapy sessions for the last 20 years.  When she is not working with her clients or writing new stories, Patti is busy raising four "socially appropriate" children.

Introduction

Matt & Molly help your students learn the right and wrong ways to act in a variety of social settings.  With this interactive app, your students will practice how to act with family, such as visiting family, playing with cousins, and sharing.  Leave it to Matt and Molly to make social learning fun and concrete!

Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder do not understand or like the "gray" areas of social interaction.  When these students role-play the wrong ways to act, in addition to the right ways, they can divide the pictures in their minds into "black" and "white" ("If I act this way, it's wrong. If I act this way, it's right.").

The routine and structure of this engaging program, as well as its familiar characters, reduce students' anxiety.  Decreasing anxiety facilitates more compliant behavior, which increases the amount of learning time.

Patti Koski

 

Minimum System Requirements

Apple iTunes Store

  • iPad only
  • English only
  • not compatible with iPod or iPhone

Android/Google Play

  • minimum 7" screen required
  • English only