I Know How You Feel – An Empathy App
This App helps children understand the concept of empathy and discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate responses for a particular situation.
Too Close, Too Far, Just Right
A Game About Personal Space | Ages 5 to 12
by Sandra Singer, Ph.D., Lois Feigenbaum, LCSW, and Claudia Weiss, LCSW
Many kids, especially those with ADHD, autism, or Asperger’s, are unaware of the socially accepted physical boundaries that most of us take for granted. This game helps them learn what’s “too close,” “too far,” or “just right” in various social situations. Children take turns performing social scenarios described on Role Play Cards, and then the group decides whether their proximity to each other is appropriate for the particular situation. Players learn that standing too close or too far away can make people feel uncomfortable or confused in certain circumstances. Focused and fun, this game is a gentle way to help kids grasp the idea of personal space and thereby improve their relationships. For 4 to 8 players or teams, with a teacher or therapist. (W-494) $29.95.
Too Much, Too Little, Just Right
People communicate using not only words, but also tone of voice and body language. Many children, however, fail to notice these relatively subtle social cues. This game teaches children to pay attention to tone of voice, observe body language, and note how these cues affect the message. Children assume two roles during game play: Messenger and Listener. They learn by observing others and by getting immediate feedback about their own expressive abilities. They learn to adjust volume, expression, gestures, and other physical cues in order to communicate effectively and achieve greater self-control. Acquiring these skills helps children develop more appropriate and satisfying social relationships. Ideal for 2 to 8 players, this game can be easily used with larger groups or classrooms as well.
Because it focuses on social interaction among players rather than on a game board, it can be played virtually anywhere. Clearly focused and easy to use, Too Much, Too Little, Just Right is an exceptional tool for those working with children who have autism spectrum disorders. Included with the game, and also available separately, is an Express-o-Meter, a sliding ruler that allows you to give students feedback about whether they are communicating appropriately.