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Say it… or not? Social Filter Skills App Available Today

"Say It... Or Not?" is now available on the App Store with a HUGE launch day discount of 75% off!

Usually $US14.99, the app is available today only for $3.99.​

The "Say It... Or Not?" social skills app helps kids figure out what to say... and what not to say in awkward or challenging social situations.

The "Say it...or not?" app helps children with autism filter their thoughts and provide appropriate responses in awkward or frustrating social situations.

  • Over 100 real-life situations with over 400 possible responses provide a wide variety of practice in dealing with challenging situations.
  • Students learn perspective-taking when they consider how someone would feel after hearing a specific response. Students also practice identifying if a specific response is 'okay to say'. Lastly, students identify which response choice is best.
  • Designed for independent use, the app also includes therapist mode for expressive language practice.

Other benefits:

  • FRUSTRATION FREE: Your child will always be guided to the correct answer
  • REWARD CENTER: Fun and engaging Reward Center increases motivation
  • EASY TO USE: Can be used independently (just hand it over: your child will know what to do!) or with a therapist/parent for intervention
  • EXTENSIVE REPORTING: for up to 10 players to suit the needs of parents, teachers and therapists

We’re excited about this new app as kids who struggle with reading comprehension often need support with social skills too.

Grab it now! 75% off on launch day!​

Social Skills Guide Launches Today

We're excited!  Our first book officially launches today! And we are celebrating with 50% off!

How to Talk with Friends is a step-by-step social skills curriculum for children with Autism.  It is targeted to the 8 to 12-year-old age group, but is  easily adaptable to older or younger audiences who need support in engaging with their peers.

Already we have some great reviews on Amazon!  Here are just some snippets from the current reviews.  Head on over to Amazon to read the reviews in full.

"Wow! This is truly an excellent resource!"

Autism Mom

"The program is a great guide to teach children how to have meaningful conversations."

Sarah S.

"This program is definitely worth your time and investment."

Dee E.

If you work with children with Autism, or live with one, this manual should be in your hands.  Click below to check out the book on Amazon... and grab the discount while it is available!  

Regular price: print $39.99  Kindle $19.99.  

Launch week:  Print $19.99  Kindle $9.99​

Our First Book!

We are super excited to let you know that our first book is nearly ready for release.  Here's some information to get you excited...

How to Talk with Friends

A Step-by-Step Social Skills Curriculum
for Children with Autism​

This hands-on manual provides everything you need to run a successful social skills group or one-to-one intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or similar social skill deficits.

Making friends and maintaining friendships is a struggle for these learners. The How to Talk with Friends curriculum teaches ASD learners the key skills they need to talk and engage with their peers.

This manual is organized into two parts. Part 1 provides the background information you need to run a successful social skills group. Individual chapters cover the course content and structure, course preparation, and course delivery and assessment.

Part 2 contains the twelve lessons of the course. Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for pre-session preparation, session delivery and assessment, and parent communication.

Available in print and Kindle in November 2016​

Conversation Planner – Available Today!

Conversation Planner is now available!

Conversation Planner teaches a step-by-step method to prepare for any conversation or social situation. Kids learn to think about who they are talking to, what that person will expect, when to know the person is ready for the conversation, etc. Conversation Planner gives your child the tools to complete successful conversations.

Conversation Planner provides: - A step-by-step introduction to all the key components of a conversation: how to start, how to finish, how to repair conversation problems, how to know your talking partner is ready, etc.

- A focus on perspective-taking. Learners identify the conversation goals for themselves, their talking partners as well as the expectations of other people around them.

- Students learn and practice their skills using more than 130 real-world, age-appropriate scenarios.

- Students progress only when mastery of the current skill is demonstrated.

- 'At a glance' reporting shows you instantly how your learner is progressing.

- The fun Reward Center motivates even hesitant learners.

Most exciting, this app offers independent AND therapist mode. In independent mode, answers are displayed and the learner taps the correct answer.

In therapist mode, no answers are displayed. For each question, the student answers orally and the therapist identifies whether the learner's oral answer was correct or incorrect. Both modes earn coins for the Reward Center.

We're excited about this new app as kids who struggle with reading comprehension often need support with social skills too.

Grab it now! Half price on launch day!​

Story Retelling… a key skill!

We love great advice... and this video shows some excellent suggestions.

Story retelling can be very difficult for struggling readers.  This video shows how to practice the skill.

If your child has trouble with 5 fingers, simplify the task to 3 fingers.  If that is too difficult, go to 2!  Start where your child is successful and build on from that!​

This great video comes from GreatSchools.org