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Downloads That Build Social Skills

Put your child’s digital obsession to good use by downloading these 7 educational apps designed to build solid social skills.

ADHD kids play apps that build social skills
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Friendly Apps for Social Success

Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can prevent kids with attention deficit from making—and keeping—friends. Here are our top picks for apps to help your child with ADHD develop the skills he needs to navigate the social sphere.

How Would You Feel If is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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How Would You Feel If...

How Would You Feel If... (iOS; Android) poses that question in 56 different life situations designed to lead to discussions of a child's reaction and feelings. Each illustrated "card" asks a question, such as, "How would you feel if your favorite football team lost?" The appropriate and inappropriate responses receive feedback, and a child's results can be viewed on a graph.

Social Quest is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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Social Quest

Developed by a speech-language pathologist, Social Quest (iOS) helps elementary, middle, and high school-aged kids improve their language comprehension as they navigate a variety of social situations. This story-based intervention app incorporates narratives about real-world situations and asks the user to identify a correct response to each social situation. As they travel on their quest, kids earn "rewards" linked to social competencies.

Model Me Going Places is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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Model Me Going Places

This app presents slideshows of children modeling appropriate behavior in everyday places, such as a store or a restaurant. Each slide is accompanied by audio narration and descriptive text. Model Me Going Places (iOS) helps reinforce expected behavior and lessens a child's fear of new surroundings. Be aware that the app contains advertisements for the company's line of social-skills DVDs.

The Social Navigator is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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The Social Navigator

This revolutionary app was designed especially for children with ADHD and other social/behavioral difficulties. The Social Navigator (iOS) can be used as an in-the-moment behavior-management device when your child is becoming agitated, or for teaching long-term social skills. The app promises to reduce oppositional behaviors, improve communication skills, and develop greater social awareness for kids ages 6 to 16.

Touch and Learn -- Emotions is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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Touch and Learn—Emotions

Touch and Learn—Emotions (iOS) provide a safe way for children to practice recognizing feelings. Accompanying audio guides the user in trying to identify which child in a group of photos is showing which emotion. This program helps children with developmental delays learn to read body language and recognize and name common emotions.

Let's Be Social is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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Let's Be Social

Let’s Be Social PRO (iOS) is designed to help teachers, parents, and professionals teach social skills and communication. The app contains 25 pre-made social lessons that address everything from personal interactions and school behavior to handling change and social relationships. Let’s Be Social also includes the ability to customize your own lessons, so it can be used for any age group and situation.

Social Adventures is a great app that builds social skills for children with ADHD
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Social Adventures

Created by parents, Social Adventures (iOS) offers an eight-week social skills awareness program curriculum for teaching relationship behaviors and initiating interactions. Designed for children with autism spectrum disorders and social difficulties, this app offers valuable practice in thinking about and behaving during a variety of social situations.

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