Sosh App for Individuals with Aspergers

Have you seen the Sosh app? If you work with high functioning individuals with Aspergers you’ll want to check it out!

Developed by Dr. Mark Bowers, the Sosh app is based on the Sosh framework which focuses on 5R’s of social skills development:

  • Relate (Connect with others)
  • Regulate (Manage behaviors)
  • Reason (Think it through)
  • Relax (Reduce stress)
  • Recognize (Understand feeling)

The Sosh is not just an app, it is a framework developed by Dr. Bowers over a 10 year period. The five components of the framework are included in the Sosh app with interactive activities that can be customized for a student using a iPad, iPod or iPhone.

As an OT working with adolescents with autism, many of the sensory or self regulation strategies we have used with students with autism  are included in the Sosh app. You will recognize a number of sensory supports or strategies you may have used or are working on with your students to develop their self-regulation skills such as a voice meter, deep breathing, music to calm as well as others. Used on a mobile device as an iPod/iPhone or iPad, these tools can be readily available to students anywhere.  Of course the activities provide wonderful visual, auditory presentation, well suited to students with Aspergers.

Here are a few videos of some of the R’s of the app that focus on the sensory or self-regulation strategies that OT’s often are involved in with individuals autism:

Block Out Sensory Difficulties

Deep Breathing to Relax

Voice Meter to Regulate Speech

There are many more components to the Sosh app. Check out this link more short  Sosh videos .

This is a great app for high functioning students to work on self-regulation,  social skills in a manner that fosters independent application of such strategies. This app can also be a great teacher tool to use with other for students who require feedback on behaviors such as voice loudness, calming techniques or reducing perseverative behaviors (check out the shredder tool- it is great!) to name just a few.  Sosh costs $39.99 which is relatively expensive as apps go but it provides many tools, strategies and features not covered in this review. Sosh Lite allows you to down load the full app for 7 days to trial.

If you are working with adolescence students and adults who need supports for social skill and self regulation development, I suggest you check this app out! It has a lot to offer!

Carol

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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10 Responses to Sosh App for Individuals with Aspergers

  1. Nancy Barth says:

    It really is a super app. And now you can get the shredder and the voice meter as separate apps for just .99 each. It is great that individuals who use the strategies from Sosh can have easy access to them with their iPads, iPhones, etc.

    • Thanks for the comment Nancy, I am looking forward to checking out the shredder and the voice meter! How many other ways has the concept of the shredder been worked on with kids… Leave it is your locker, put it in your backpack, etc. The shredder is a great idea! Thanks I will look for the shredder and the voice meter single apps!

      Carol

  2. Is this available for the Android platform?

  3. melanie wilson says:

    Hi my son has a epad which has Anroid..how can i get sosh on his epad thank you

    • Melanie, good question! From what I can tell, it is only available for iPod, iPad,iPhone. I would go to mysosh.com and contact the developers, Dr Bowers and inquire if they are developing it for android. It has so many great tools perhaps they will consider that!

    • Melanie,
      I apologize for the delay. Unfortunately Sosh currently is only for iPad or iPod devices. At preesent I am not familiar with a similiar app on an Android. As SOSH has many components to it finding some single component apps (timer, breathing app, etc.) for the Android might be a solution. There are Android apps available for calming or relaxation for instance.
      If I find any more I will post it!
      Thank you for visiting!
      Carol

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  5. Mark Rivera says:

    Are there any iPad apps for teaching Social Skills and other skills for kids with Asperger’s?

    • Mark,
      Yes there are many thank you for asking and visiting. So many apps that I would suggest that you download the Autism app – it is free and great resource! They have a curated listing of apps for individuals with autism by categories – lots of them. Here is the link to the autism app on iTunes:

      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/autism-apps/id441600681?mt=8

      Still free – you will find lots of apps through this app.

      Another resource is a list : https://autismapps.wikispaces.com/

      Another choice is to do a google search for autism apps you will find many sites with lists of apps for individuals with autism. Check on date of the list, there are so many new ones out there that you will want a recently updated list. So much out there now it is difficult to sort through them all and new ones emerge daily – whew!

      Good luck!
      Carol

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