Age Range:              Primary-school age
Format:                      iPad (requires iOS 5.0 or later)
Cost:                           $30.99

ConversationBuilder is an app that is designed to help primary school aged children learn how to have back-and-forth conversations with their peers in a variety of social settings.  Being able to converse with peers is fundamental to developing social relationships and children with autism spectrum disorder often have trouble maintaining conversations, which can affect their ability to develop friendships.  This app teaches your child the key elements and skills (e.g. when it is appropriate to introduce themselves or how to change the subject) needed to hold an appropriate conversation with a peer and it can help them rehearse, learn from mistakes, and ultimately have successful, back-and-forth conversations.

There are 3 built-in conversation types available in this app:

  • One on one with four exchanges: The student has four conversational exchanges with the virtual peer; each taking two turns when speaking.
  • One on one with eight exchanges: The student has eight conversational exchanges with the virtual peer, each taking four turns when speaking.
  • Group conversation with four exchanges: Each student takes turns having conversational exchanges with real-life peer.

In addition to the built-in modules, customised conversations can also be set up for your child. Conversations can be replayed to help your child analyse whether it was successful.

For more information on getting the most out of this app, speak to your child’s psychologist.

This app was reviewed by AutismSpeaks.

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