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Virtual Learning with Bluebee Pals: Teaching Social Skills

 With the recent educational focus on remote or distance learning, it can be challenging for teachers and parents to teach social skills in a virtual environment.  It’s easier to learn and practice social skills with a partner or group whether it is face to face or via teletherapy. Bluebee Pals are excellent tools to help teach social skills, whether face-to-face or online.


 

 What Are Bluebee Pals? 

Bluebee Pals are softly huggable, lovable, plush interactive learning tools/toys that connect via Bluetooth to all iOS and Android devices. They wirelessly pair with all apps and activities with a narrative, which provides endless educational opportunities and entertainment for children of all ability levels. Bluebee’s mouth and head realistically move while speaking, making reading, educational apps, games, and activities so much fun!  Which Bluebee Pal will you choose? Hudson the dog, Riley the zebra, Leo the lion, Lily the lamb, Sammy the bear, or Parker the monkey? https://www.bluebeepals.com/bluebee-pals-app/

 

The five core competencies of social and emotional learning:

Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.  Using books, apps, and Bluebee Pals, you can make learning and practicing social skills loads of fun!

The following are some favorites that can be used to teach social skills virtually via your teaching platform with your favorite Bluebee Pal, to address individual student needs.

 Social Skills Apps:

*Social Story Creator and Library:  Easily create, share, and print social stories using pictures, recordings, and text. Also contains 20+ready to go social stories.   https://apps.apple.com/us/app/social-story-creator-library/id588180598

*Let’s Be Social-Social Skills Development:  Includes 20 social skills lessons with the ability to also create and personalize your own lessons . The topics include personal interactions, navigating the community, school behavior, handling change, and social relationships.  https://apps.apple.com/us/app/lets-be-social-social-skills-development/id1140153485

*Conversation Builder:  Targets conversational skills, turn-taking, initiating conversation, and staying on topic.  There are 160 conversations to choose from and the student can either initiate or respond to conversations.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/conversationbuilder/id413939366

*Social Detective: This app covers expected and unexpected behavior, understanding others’ comfortable and uncomfortable thoughts, social toolbox items, and making smart guesses.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/social-detective/id975189305

*Autism and PDD Picture Stories and Language Activities:  There are 5 different themed apps: Friends, School, Community, Home, Family. They contain functional stories depicting children behaving in various situations. At the end of the story select WH questions, yes/no questions, or text match language activities.  Answers are automatically scored and the student receives immediate feedback!

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/apdd-ps-lass-community/id835090882

*Between the Lines:  There are 3 apps for different ability levels. The main focuses are listening skills, body language, and expressions. The app uses real videos, pictures, and voices for a variety of social situations.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/between-the-lines-level-1-hd/id574405272

Social Skills Books:

*Epic: A high quality, extensive digital library, free for teachers.

https://www.getepic.com/collection/310452/social-skills

*YouTube: Search social skills videos for children for many social skills videos!  www.YouTube.com

*Story Creator: Use any of your favorite books to create your own Bluebee Pal read aloud!

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/story-creator-easy-story-book-maker-for-kids/id545369477

Resources:

https://allisonfors.com/teletherapy-social-skills/

https://www.kickboardforschools.com/blog/post/distance-remote-learning/10-virtual-social-emotional-learning-activities-for-students-at-home/

 

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