Friday, May 11, 2012

Tell a Story with Tommy: Consequences

Tell a Story with Tommy: Consequences

By Listen.Talk.Draw  $6.99

This is a cute and simple app to help teach valuable social skills relating to consequences of actions. It has seven different scenarios (playing, dinner, store trip, playing outside, see my friend, in class, and lunchroom) and in each scenario there are different "paths" to take. In each scene you can decide to take the appropriate path to a good choice and see the positive consequences (such as sharing a toy and having a good time playing) or a poor choice that leads to negative consequences (not sharing a toy and your friend won't play with you anymore). You are in control of the path you take depending on the target you are wanting to teach/reinforce. You do this by tapping a green smiley face for the good choice or a red sad face for the poor choice. This is really neat to show students how their actions could affect others. 

The app features a multiple choice quiz (in the report card section) that directly relates to the stories and scenarios in the app. For example: If I want to play outside, then I need to...   1. Share time on the swings   2. Yell at the other kids    3. Push my friend down.  I read the question and then point to each answer and ask the student to push the correct one. It keeps track of correct answers and gives you a nice piece of data at the end (it reports name, date,  and how many correct out of 14 questions).

Another cute features is the Found It section. In the scenarios there are hidden items (you can tell the students to look out for them or just see if they naturally spot them!). The app keeps track of which hidden items the student touches and you can go back and find the ones they missed.

I own all of the Tommy Sequencing apps and use them frequently with my students and clients. (Tell a Story with Tommy: Community Sequences and Tell a Story with Tommy: School Sequences). The challenge when working on social or pragmatic language skills using an app is the transfer to real life situations. After I use this app I try to talk about the student's daily interactions and see if I can get the child to relate something from the story to their own life. ("Have you ever had some one take a toy away from you? How did that make you feel? How do you feel when your friends share with you?"  ect...). I also have a good friend/not a good friend chart that we complete with picture symbols and we talk about consequences during this activity too.  I am fortunate to get to work at a center that even does social outings with students to try to create real-life teachable moments! 

This app is a good one to have in your iPad toolbox! It was made by a Speech Language Pathologist! Check out their other apps I mentioned above!

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