Special Needs App of the Day: Sosh

Special Needs App of the Day: Sosh

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 Asperger’s.

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 difficulties.

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.

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