Social skills are a tough concept for folks on the Autistic spectrum. It is not something that comes naturally as it does to many of us. Every day we read people through what they say, through body language and through facial expressions. My daughter spends her day relying only on what people say as she finds the other 2/3 of communication to be tiresome and cryptic.
My Community by Social Skill Builder is geared towards kids ages 5-15 and features over 350 videos with varying ability levels. Parent Blogger Network sent the software my way to check out with my daughter, who is turning 7 this month.
Mira found level 1 to be a bit under stimulating, she liked when we moved on to level 2 with the multiple choice questions. Level 3 and 4 started to fuel frustration and I had to sit with her and make her stay on task. Both 3 & 4 involve reading visual cues, which is something she's rather avoid all together. Level 5 is fill in the blank, we didn't get very involved in level 5, as 3 and 4 made her so agitated.
Overall, I like this software. The scenarios are helpful and applicable to every day life. At Mira's age, I think one of the school geared titles offered by Social Skill Builder might be more appropriate as school makes up 75% of her life right now.