Thank you to Teach2Talk for sponsoring this post. My love of technology and helpful parenting hints, is all my own.
What do you think about your kiddos learning acceptable social behaviors when they’re spending time playing games? That would kill two birds with one stone wouldn’t it? It’s toally possible now thanks to Tech2Talk. Behaviors with Friends is an app newly available in the Apple Store for download that helps teach your child how to behave appropriately, solve problems, make good decisions, and properly communicate with their friends and other peers in common social scenarios and settings.
The app was created by Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP, a practicing speech-language pathologist who specializes in providing a range of therapies to children, including children with developmental disorders. Sarah works in a clinic at a major public research university in Los Angeles and also has a private practice. While working with children, Sarah uses a variety of techniques, including video modeling, to teach appropriate behaviors, social skills, speech and language, and play skills.
Teach2talk™ produces educational resources for children, which target core speech and language, play and social skills using techniques including video modeling. Their products are created by a practicing speech language pathologist based on her clinical experience and her review of the peer–reviewed research of others, but are designed to be used by parents on their own without outside assistance.
From founder Sarah Clifford Scheflen, M.S., CCC-SLP:
“Behavior issues are a common complaint from parents. Parents need strategies to help teach their children how to behave. Behavior with Friends not only teaches children how to behave appropriately, but also provides tips to parents on how to implement their own behavior modifications.”
From founder Jenny McCarthy:
“ All parents want their kids to have friends. Traveling around the world, I met so many parents who said, ‘I don’t know how to deal with my child’s behavior problems!’ So we made these videos to help teach children and their parents how to resolve common behavior problems with friends.”
Lessons focus on common behavior problems for children, such as:
- strategies to resolve conflicts with peers without resorting to tantrums, name calling or physical violence;
- self-management and dealing with anger and frustration in a positive fashion;
- sharing and taking turns with friends;
- being a good sport;
- telling the truth;
- not interrupting;
- being nice to friends and not taunting, and encouraging friends who are less competent instead of teasing; and
- appropriate body boundaries.
To be honest I wasn’t sure how my daughter was going to like this app – it includes video of real people acting out scenarios rather than all animated characters. To my surprise she loves it and really does play attention. She will watch these videos and play with this app as long as we will let her and I have overheard her telling her brother about “manners” and “good behavior” lately so I am beyond thrilled with it thus far.