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APPS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
  • Peek-A-Zoo

    Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose is an app game that asks children to look at different groups of cartoon animal characters and distinguish which ones are exhibiting a specific trait or behavior.
  • Avokiddo Emotions

    Parents need to know that Avokiddo Emotions -- Playful Learning for Kids is a charming way to teach kids about emotions. It can also be helpful for kids with non-verbal learning issues, such as difficulty reading facial expressions or inability to read body language. With three characters and more than 100 props, kids can make a disco-themed zebra blow up a balloon, dress a giraffe in fiesta gear, or feed garlic to the mustachioed sheep -- all while observing the animal's reaction. This zany, open-ended play is a delightful way to introduce emotions.
  • First Words Feelings

    Let your child express themselves as they learn important pre-reading skills with First Words Feelings. The latest addition to the best-selling First Words series from Learning Touch includes 38 words to help your child identify and understand common emotions and feelings by matching letters.
  • Moody Monster Manor HD

    Calling all kids who love monsters! Come with us to Moody Monster Manor. You can create your own monsters, play fun and exciting games, win monster merit badges, or meet the 20 monsters through the Moody Monster audio tour.
  • I Was So Mad - Little Critter

    Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he gets mad because everyone keeps telling him no! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little Critter get so mad that he runs away, or will his bad day be salvaged with a little help...
  • Feelings Book

    The Feelings App is based upon the Feelings Book (Rubin & Laurent, 2000). It is designed to provide an easy to use format for fostering the "Three "E's" at home, at school, and in the community. The “Three E’s” are otherwise referred to as: Emotional Identification Emotional...
  • iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids Free

    "LOVE it. Been working with my kids using this app with great success." "Perfect for use with my students. We do a unit in our reading program about feelings as well incorporate it during our social skills lessons." "I just checked your app out. It looks great for teaching children with special...
  • That's How I Feel

    Parents need to know that That's How I Feel provides non-verbal kids or kids who have trouble expressing their feelings with a way to do so using "smarty symbols" -- simple picture drawings that depict different emotional states. The emotions are organized into three categories and color-coded green (positive), yellow (ambivalent or negative), and red (more powerfully negative). Kids tap on a picture that describes how they're feeling and a narrator makes a related statement ("I feel better"). Some of the emotional sentiments may be too complex or nuanced for younger kids to understand.
  • Model Me Going Places 2

    Parents need to know that Model Me Going Places 2 is a social skills aid designed for kids with Asperger syndrome, autism, and developmental delays, but the tutorials could be useful for any kid who needs help building social skills. Six sets of photos with narration demonstrate appropriate and expected behaviors at a hairdresser, mall, doctor's office, playground, grocery store, and restaurant. The app is a supplement to the Model Me Kids line of DVD videos for modeling social skills, which is advertised in the app.
  • ABA Flash Cards & Games - Emotions

    A fun, simple, and easy way to learn to recognize emotions. Love the picture and that its free! Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over.
APPS FOR ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN
  • My DPS

    My DPS is an excellent app to teach emotions and problem-solving techniques. The app focuses on identifying a variety of emotions through facial expressions, body language, and written/spoken language, and suggests coping strategies to deal with a range of social situations. My DPS is short for "My Digital Problem Solver" and uses CGI-animated videos to show social situations and coping skills in settings relevant to kids. Kids and adults can customize the app by adding their own pictures and text to emotions and coping techniques.
  • Kindr

    Make friends smile by sending images and gifs with personal notes. Browse curated feeds and discover endless opportunities for kindness. Create your own because you know your friends better than anyone.
  • Acts of Kindness

    Random Act of Kindness helps you chose a good deed to perform, and share it with your friends! You can also donate to worthwhile charities directly through their websites!
  • Kind Kids (Random Acts of Kindness for Kids)

    Kind Kids is the first app to help children learn about acts of kindness that they can do themselves. Every day, the child will be presented with a random act of kindness they can do for themselves, their friends, their family, their teachers, their community, or even the environment.
  • First Words Feelings

    Let your child express themselves as they learn important pre-reading skills with First Words Feelings. The latest addition to the best-selling First Words series from Learning Touch includes 38 words to help your child identify and understand common emotions and feelings by matching letters.
  • Moody Monster Manor HD

    Calling all kids who love monsters! Come with us to Moody Monster Manor. You can create your own monsters, play fun and exciting games, win monster merit badges, or meet the 20 monsters through the Moody Monster audio tour.
  • I Was So Mad - Little Critter

    Join Little Critter in this interactive book app as he gets mad because everyone keeps telling him no! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Will Little Critter get so mad that he runs away, or will his bad day be salvaged with a little help...
  • Feelings Book

    The Feelings App is based upon the Feelings Book (Rubin & Laurent, 2000). It is designed to provide an easy to use format for fostering the "Three "E's" at home, at school, and in the community. The “Three E’s” are otherwise referred to as: Emotional Identification Emotional...
  • iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids Free

    "LOVE it. Been working with my kids using this app with great success." "Perfect for use with my students. We do a unit in our reading program about feelings as well incorporate it during our social skills lessons." "I just checked your app out. It looks great for teaching children with special...
  • Peek-A-Zoo

    Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose is an app game that asks children to look at different groups of cartoon animal characters and distinguish which ones are exhibiting a specific trait or behavior.
  • That's How I Feel

    Parents need to know that That's How I Feel provides non-verbal kids or kids who have trouble expressing their feelings with a way to do so using "smarty symbols" -- simple picture drawings that depict different emotional states. The emotions are organized into three categories and color-coded green (positive), yellow (ambivalent or negative), and red (more powerfully negative). Kids tap on a picture that describes how they're feeling and a narrator makes a related statement ("I feel better"). Some of the emotional sentiments may be too complex or nuanced for younger kids to understand.
  • Model Me Going Places 2

    Parents need to know that Model Me Going Places 2 is a social skills aid designed for kids with Asperger syndrome, autism, and developmental delays, but the tutorials could be useful for any kid who needs help building social skills. Six sets of photos with narration demonstrate appropriate and expected behaviors at a hairdresser, mall, doctor's office, playground, grocery store, and restaurant. The app is a supplement to the Model Me Kids line of DVD videos for modeling social skills, which is advertised in the app.
  • Touch and Learn - Emotions

    These pictures are amazing. What a fun way to learn about emotions and so easy to customize too! Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over. Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts.
  • VolaFriends HD

    In the first years of their lives, children learn virtually everything from faces. Help your child develop emotional facial recognition skills by using the VolaFriends emotion board. Simply launch the app and select a face. The animations display actors speaking the names of the entire spectrum of human emotion. This app has been specifically designed to help children who have difficulty with emotional recognition by entertaining them as they practice.
  • Baboon Bert

    Hilarious! An animated bonanza with over 200 interactions on 21 pages, fun games, and a reading comprehension page with animated scoring. Bert will have you laughing and crying on his journey to self-acceptance! A very funny story! Teachers, parents and educators will love the lessons of...
  • Go Go Games

    Go Go Games can help kids learn to notice differences in objects that are similar. This skill can help kids focus on details, which is important for learning many skills, and which may be especially challenging for kids diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Go Go Games offers three games, each of which shows kids a set of objects and asks them to match an object with another that looks the same. The developer explains that the games were designed based on a therapy that helps kids master the ability to notice multiple features in the objects around them.
  • Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant

    Look In My Eyes 1 Restaurant can help kids practice eye contact, an important social skill that many children with autism -– especially those with Asperger syndrome -– find challenging. Faces with different expressions (smiling, worried, friendly, sad) appear on the app's screen, and then a number flashes in the eyes for a couple of seconds. Kids have to look at the eyes until they see the number, remember the number they saw, and tap to choose the number from a set of answer choices.
  • ABA Flash Cards & Games - Emotions

    A fun, simple, and easy way to learn to recognize emotions. Love the picture and that its free! Endorsed by tens of thousands of satisfied parents, teachers, and kids the world over.
APPS FOR PRE-TEENS
  • Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

    Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are is a book app about a group of friends who help bolster one another's self-esteem in the face of teasing, bullying, or mere self-doubt. While there are some mean kids in the story (who never physically assault anyone), most of the torment these young protagonists endure is self-inflicted. They feel bad about themselves because of their height, weight, grades, athletic skills, self-image, etc. But their friends always know what to say to turn things around and give them perspective.
  • Kindr

    Make friends smile by sending images and gifs with personal notes. Browse curated feeds and discover endless opportunities for kindness. Create your own because you know your friends better than anyone.
  • Acts of Kindness

    Random Act of Kindness helps you chose a good deed to perform, and share it with your friends! You can also donate to worthwhile charities directly through their websites!
  • Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind

    This 46-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 2 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series written by nationally recognized teen expert and anti-bullying activistAnnie Fox, M.Ed., and illustrated by Harvey Award winner Matt Kindt.
  • Feel Electric!

    Are you feeling delighted? Astonished? Anxious? “Feel Electric!” explores all these emotions and more! Part of the Military Families “Finding the Right Word” initiative, this app offers engaging tools that use content and curriculum from The Electric Company to provide opportunities to explore emotional vocabulary and self-expression. Hosted by Electric Company cast members Jessica Ruiz and Danny Rebus, “Feel Electric!” features three fast-paced games, a digital diary to record daily moods, a zany story maker, and more!
  • Kidzworld

    Parents need to know that this social networking site lets tweens and teens to communicate with people they don't know but uses humans and software to protect kids’ privacy and safety. A live staff member moderates the chat room during the hours it’s open. Staff moderators approve photos, videos, and articles kids post and write. Filtration software monitors comments, forums, and blogs and passes flagged content onto staff members for approval, but parents should bear in mind that no filtration software is perfect. Kids can send  e-cards to each other if they know the recipient’s email address or username and the sender’s email address is disguised.
APPS FOR TEENS
  • Kidzworld

    Parents need to know that this social networking site lets tweens and teens to communicate with people they don't know but uses humans and software to protect kids’ privacy and safety. A live staff member moderates the chat room during the hours it’s open. Staff moderators approve photos, videos, and articles kids post and write. Filtration software monitors comments, forums, and blogs and passes flagged content onto staff members for approval, but parents should bear in mind that no filtration software is perfect. Kids can send  e-cards to each other if they know the recipient’s email address or username and the sender’s email address is disguised.
  • Kindr

    Make friends smile by sending images and gifs with personal notes. Browse curated feeds and discover endless opportunities for kindness. Create your own because you know your friends better than anyone.
  • Acts of Kindness

    Random Act of Kindness helps you chose a good deed to perform, and share it with your friends! You can also donate to worthwhile charities directly through their websites!
  • Scenarios USA

    SCENARIOS USA is a nonprofit organization that works with teenagers to write and produce short films about issues like body image, bullying, and relationships. Sexual health topics include abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention, parenting, and sexual orientation. The films are featured on Scenarios USA's website.
  • Random Apps of Kindness

    A random reminder to smile, breathe or just be! Here's how it works: 1. Select and schedule your reminder 2. Smile as your once-a-day random reminder brings a pause to your busy day 3. Share your reminder via Facebook and Twitter. The frantic pace of modern life can overwhelm that inner sense of "calm, cool and collected". Let the re-mindful app get you back on track.
  • BoomBoom!

    You ever been absolutely sure you were going to get a parking ticket? You just KNOW the meter’s run out and you’re hustling to your car to get there in time. But, you get there and, voila!  Magically, you still have time! You pause a sec, you know you didn’t get the meter time wrong. Then it occurs to you: someone dropped a couple coins in there to save you a parking ticket. THAT is Everyday Boom Boom! It’s absolutely any type of underground (or above ground, for that matter) act of guerilla goodness that you or someone else performs. This app is the place to shout out, acknowledge, give props and otherwise celebrate those acts of guerilla goodness.
  • BeSeen

    BeSeen is an innovative simulation of a high school's social network that teaches kids about being safe and responsible online. Players create a profile with a gender and class year, then progress through one year of school. Players read posts by other characters and choose from options to make status updates and respond to other characters. The choices revolve around social media challenges, such as sharing locations, photos, and gossip. Choosing the better option often is rewarded with a new friend or a award like "drinking drama diverted" or "sexting scandal salved." Missed opportunities for awards are also shown, and some situations show long-term, rather than immediate consequences. The player's mom is automatically added as a friend, and she occasionally provides feedback on the player's choices. The site deals with mature issues, such as child pornography laws, bullying, and sexual predators, but the photos and language are not explicit.
  • Wonderful Days - Diary with Style

    Wonderful Days - Diary with Style is an excellent app for making multimedia diary entries. Kids can create notes associated with different days and add photos, sound recordings, and their locations. Enabling location services is optional. Diary entries can be saved as PDFs, printed, or shared via email, and the diary itself can be password-protected. Unlike web-searching diary apps like Skrappy, attached photos are drawn from the camera or the photo album, so there is less concern about mature content. On the other hand, songs and videos cannot be included. Entries can also be exported to Evernote, a multimedia notes app that requires users to be at least 13 years old. Read our recommendations for more about using digital tools to document life events.
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