How I Use It
Calm Counter presents the user with a narrated social story, and a countdown from angry to calm. The most valuable aspect of Calm Counter is that it helps young children establish a routine as they are learning to self-regulate behaviors. Calm Counter would be best used as a part of a larger behavior plan to help students recognize and manage anger. This app could be very valuable in the special education setting for very young children with developmental delays or behavior regulation difficulties.
One major issue that stands out to me as a special education teacher is that in order for a student to use the Calm Counter app, they must already be calm enough to be able to focus on the story and tap through the countdown (and not chuck the iPad across the room, of course!). While the app is meant to be minimalistic and simple enough for very young children, the bare-bones nature of Calm Counter makes the price point unappealing. Still, the social story and countdown are solid strategies for students with disabilities to start learning anger management routines. Overall, this could be a good tool as a part of a larger behavior plan for students with special needs in pre-K through about third grade...if you're willing to pay for it.