Sosh is an approach developed by Dr. Mark Bowers based on
years of clinical experience helping children, adolescents, and young adults
sort out social situations. The
app provides exercises, strategies, and practical information to assist
individuals with meeting their social goals. Sosh is especially designed to be used for individuals with
The Sosh app focuses on five main areas, known as the 5R’s -- Relate, Relax, Reason, Regulate, and Recognize. Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders have
difficulty interacting or understanding social situations, and Sosh helps them
make sense of the obstacles and give them tools for working out the
From the home screen, you can select one of the 5R’s. For example, choose Relate and you
can select from five subcategories; select “what did that mean?” and you get a
list of common phrases or words used in colloquial speech, and each word is
defined. Talking Strategies gives
you tips for how to use eye contact, body language, or taking turns. Within the Reason category, use the
Problem Solver to write out a problem and three possible solutions, then pick
one solution. Choose the Shredder
in the Relax category to write out a negative thought or feeling and put it
through the shredder. Use the
Recognize category to write down triggers and what actions are helpful or not
helpful to deal with the trigger.
Keep track of your behavior and interests with the Regulate category.
All the above are just one example of a function in each
category in Sosh. Sosh also allows
you to keep a journal, track goals, make to-do lists, and even pop the “stress
balloon.” There is even a place
for feedback from teachers, parents, and therapists, and you can get IEP
recommendations. Sosh includes
customizable features, so you can add your own images and sounds.
Sosh can be used to practice conversation strategies,
recognize emotions, pratice relaxation strategies, pursue social outings,
regulate speech volume, and keep track of progress. The app does so many things that it’s impossible to even
mention them all by name. If you
or your child needs some additional help improving social skills, Sosh is an
incredible option. It is the most
comprehensive app for dealing with social skills -- and even though it has so
many tools, it is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
You can try the full app with Sosh Lite for 7 days -- the full
app after that period costs $39.99.