Are you looking to maintain social communication skills this summer? Social communication skills include interpreting how others are thinking in addition to what they are saying. Children need to be encouraged to look at facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice in order to read how a person is feeling and thinking. This skill can be practiced using common apps. Creating projects with visual scenes can be both fun and easy. There are many apps on the market that are user friendly that your child can use while letting his/her imagination go wild. At the same time he/she will be practicing social language skills.
Although there are many apps that maybe used, my recommendations include Comic Life and Pic Collage. Comic Life provides an opportunity for the child to make his/her very own comics using speech and thought bubbles with his/her own photos. This allows for practicing perspective taking as he/she think about what others are thinking and assign words and thoughts to the bubbles. The flexibility is great. Don’t forget family and neighborhood animals when adding photos to the app. Most young children just love adding speech and thought bubbles to their favorite creatures.
Pic Collage provides pictures together with collages. It helps children not only to remember their friends but also their friends likes, attributes, family members, and more. Have your child create a visual scene of their favorite summer activity with family and friends. This app also allows you to search the web for images or use your own photos. For children who have a difficult time knowing what to say when they first see a friend they can rely on the collage for conversation starters.
Share your favorite apps with me! I would love to hear from you…