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Review: Model Me Going Places


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This simple application falls within the category of social stories, applications for navigating -and in some cases even creating- sequences of images showing the steps necessary to complete a particular social activity, and insisting on the appropriate behavior to display in each step.

Six stories

Model Me Going Places includes six social stories of six usual locations in the community: hairdresser, mall, doctor, playground, grocery store and restaurant. For each of them, the application has 12 images with a brief explanatory text and a short audio clip with the reading of the text (all in English).

The pictures explain where we go, how to prepare, if we need to wait until it is our turn, that you have to walk slowly, not run and keep your hands close to your body, that you need to stay close to parents, what we do there or how it ends.

The application itself is quite simple: the main menu shows the six scenarios. Just pick one out and the first image will appear and you will hear the associated audio. From there, you can move forward and back with two buttons or use the auto play mode. A home button brings you back to the menu at any time.

Free

The application does this and nothing more. The interface is nice, the photos are well done and the sound is good, and the application is free! Partially, Model Me Going Places is a good way to know the other products of its developer, Model Me Kids, LLC, which offers on its Web up to nine packs of DVDs and CDs full of social stories for different levels: faces and emotions, going places (which includes the six social stories available on the application here analyzed), school, playdate, stressful situations, confidence and bullying prevention, basic social skills, friendship, and conversation cues.

Each pack contains about 1 hour of video divided into short sequences of specific situations and advice on how to interact. The CD includes images of those situations for printing, loading on any computer, telephone, iPad, etc. The developer recommends these videos for children and adolescents with autism, Asperger syndrome and other developmental or learning delays.

With only six social stories and without the possibility of adding or creating more, I think that Model Me Going Places is an interesting but very limited application. And I believe that it would be great to have all the videos of Model Me Kids in iPad or iPhone versions. And even better if they came in other languages!

-Francesc Sistach

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Model Me Going Places 2

Web: http://www.modelmekids.com

Developer: Model Me Kids, LLC

Languages: English

Functions: Six social stories containing 12 images, text and audio.

iPhone / iPod touch version: Yes (2.1)

iPad version: Yes (2.0)

Other versions: Android (1.1)

Price: Free

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