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Social Skills Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Social and emotional learning is critical for all kids to lead healthy and fulfilling lives both in and out of school, but it's a particularly important area of focus for those with special needs. These apps will help kids express themselves, interact with others, identify and manage with emotions, and develop meaningful relationships.

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings Publisher: PBS KIDS
Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
Cute, vibrant app helps kids learn social-emotional cues and vocab
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 2
Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame Publisher: Sesame Street
Sesame Street winner teaches kids how to keep calm and carry on
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Four little corners - An interactive storybook app about friendship Publisher: DADA Company
Simple story about shapes showcases problem-solving and inclusion
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Kid in Story Book Maker Publisher: Locomotive Labs
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Toca Tea Party Publisher: Toca Boca
Pretend play meets social skills at this cute interactive gathering
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Model Me Going Places 2 Publisher: Model Me Kids, LLC
Fantastic yet limited resource for modeling social interactions
Grades Pre-K-3
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
Social Stories Publisher: PufferFish Software Inc.
Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism
Grades Pre-K-5
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Calm Counter Social Story & Anger Management Tool Publisher: Touch Autism
Tool teaches kids to keep anger in check; clear but excessively simple
Grades K-1
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 2
Teacher Rating 2
Touch and Learn - Emotions Publisher: Innovative Mobile Apps
Excited, sad, or angry? This app helps kids identify feelings
Grades K-2
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Social Adventures
Expert-approved activities nurture students' social skills
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
ConversationBuilder Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges
Grades K-6
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
IF... The Emotional IQ Game
This product is no longer available.
Publisher: If You Can
Captivating journey cultivates kids' social and emotional skills
Grades 1-7
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mood Meter - Building Your Emotional Intelligence Publisher: Emotionally Intelligent Schools LLC
Well-designed tool encourages kids to reflect on and manage emotions
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $0.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ConversationBuilderTeen Publisher: Mobile Education Store LLC
Customizable tool provides valuable practice with social interactions
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price $19.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated