Let’s be Social!: Frequently Asked Questions
Today we’re so happy that our first app, Let’s be Social!, is available on the app store. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Let’s be Social!, we’re going to answer the top questions we get asked so hopefully you get a little better understanding. We get questions ranging from who it’s aimed at, to instructions on how it’s used, to creative ideas for using it. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, feel free to drop us a line.
Let’s be Social! was created for Speech Language Pathologists, teachers, and parents to use with children who have trouble understanding social rules and have difficulty communicating with others. Many children who have autism spectrum disorders or other developmental delays struggle with social interaction and can use this app to learn a variety of skills.
Our standard lessons focus on situations that children face every day, from navigating the community, having conversations, and interacting with peers. If our standard content doesn’t meet a need your child or client is currently facing, you can easily create your own lessons, write your own questions, and use your own pictures.
Because you can create your own content, and our standard lessons range from basic to more complex concepts, children from preschool up to high school and young adulthood can use Let’s be Social!.
How do you use Let’s be Social!?
In the first version of Let’s be Social!, there are five categories of lessons to choose from. We call these categories “skill sets”. The standard skill sets are: Personal Interactions, Navigating the Community, School Behavior, Handling Change, and Social Relationships. Each skill set has 4-6 lessons which focus on different aspects of the skill set. For example, the lessons within Personal Interactions are Making Eye Contact, Greeting Friends, Keeping Personal Space, Taking Turns in Conversation, and Joining a Group.
Once you select a lesson, you are brought to a summary page. This page sets the scene by showing an illustration and narrative. The user can read this to the child they are working with or have the child read it themselves. It is recommended that the user take some time here to make sure the child understands the scene. Ask them questions about who is in the story and what problem are they facing. This prepares them for the questions to come.
Once you click start, you are brought to pages which break down the scene, show illustrations, and ask the child questions. After the child answers the question on the page, it is nice to have a discussion about the scenario. This will break down the situation further for the child and help them understand why the correct answers are the best choice.
Once you go through all of the questions, you are brought to the summary page again. This is a place to review the lesson and drive key concepts home. After you have discussed the lesson you come to the complete lesson page. Here the child sees visual reinforcement for the hard work they have done.
So where would you use Let’s be Social!? Parents of children with special needs can use this at home to work on skills they want their children to learn. Special education teachers can use this app with small groups to bolster communication and social skills lessons. Speech pathologists can use this app in group or individual sessions.
What makes Let’s be Social! different than other apps?
One of the best features of Let’s be Social! is the ability to create your own lessons. Users can add lessons to any skill set or make their own skill set. We know that all children have very unique needs, so we wanted to make a teaching tool that is flexible and offers a variety of uses. Because our children may be at all different levels of skills, Let’s be Social! can be used with younger children all the way until adulthood. The app can grow with the child because new lessons can be added all the time.
How do I create my own lessons?
Making your own lessons is simple. You select the skill set you want the lesson to be in, or you can create a new skill set by clicking on add skill set. Once you are in the skill set, you click on the add lesson button. You create a title, lesson summary and add in a picture. The lesson summary is intended to be an overview of the lesson which introduces the child to the story before the questions further break down the scene, just like our “Joining a Group” image above. The picture you choose can either be one you take at that moment, or from your camera roll. In our beta testing phase, people got pretty creative and took pictures of their kids role playing and used those in their lessons. You can also save pictures from the internet and use those as your lesson images. If you don’t know how to do that, it’s incredibly simple – this link walks you through the process.
Next, you are brought to the add question page. Click on the add question button. Here, write your question and three answer choices. Then, select which choice is the correct answer by clicking the correct/incorrect button next to the answer choice. If you ever get confused, click on the small blue “i” above the question text box. This turns on an overlay which gives instructions on how to use this page. After you’re done creating your first question, you can repeat the question creation process until you reach your desired number of questions. Now you’re ready to use your lesson! Go back to the lessons page by clicking the lessons button in the top left corner. Now you can select your newly created custom lesson by clicking on it.
Who created the standard lessons in Let’s be Social!?
All of the standard lessons provided were written by ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Lessons are based on real world experience working with children from elementary through high school, who have a variety of needs including autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays. The lessons were tested by many speech pathologists and special education teachers in our beta testing process. If you’re interested in participating in future beta tests, sign up here.
Will you be adding more content?
We’re planning on adding more lesson to Let’s be Social! regularly. New content will be available for purchase in the app and on our website. If you have suggestions for lessons let us know! We need your suggestions to create the best content possible and meet the needs of all kids. Tweet your lesson ideas/comments to us or go on our Facebook page.
If you’re interested in downloading Let’s be Social!, check it out in the app store!