Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have to cope with considerable deficits in social and communication skills and a tendency to exhibit inappropriate behaviors in social situations. Social Skill Builder computer software is built on the principle that children, particularly those with ASD, learn social skills best through video modeling–observing appropriate behaviors on a monitor and, through repetition, learning to model those behaviors in day-to-day, real-life situations.
Results from a recent study, conducted by researchers from the University of Memphis, suggests that software tools can be effective in improving the social skills of students with multiple high-incidence disabilities, and concludes that “software packages, such as School Rules, may provide many opportunities for the development of social skills.”
A 2004 study in Virginia public schools tested learning social skills in a traditional therapeutic setting against students who used Social Skill Builder software. The students using Social Skill Builder’s My School Day software gained 10 percent in every category of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, including Communication, Daily Living Skills, Socialization and Adaptive Behavior.