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Serious Games Targeting Core Deficit Social Skill Areas

Late March, 2014 The Social Express™, developed by The Language Express Inc., received a 2014 ON for Learning Award from Common Sense Media, the national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive with media and technology.

The Social Express™ Serious Game is an online, interactive social skills learning program, targeting core deficit social skill areas that stand in the way of school and life success for children and young adults with social learning challenges. 

The Social Express™ is based on best practices and programs that feature cognitive behavioral techniques and visual strategies, including Social Stories (Gray, 2002), Comic Strip Conversations (Gray ,1994), the Alert Program(r) (Williams & Shellenberger, 1996), The Incredible 5 Point Scale (Buron & Curtis, 2003), and The Hidden Curriculum (Myles, Trautman and Schelvan, 2004). Some of the core concepts presented are based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner and her Social Thinking® curriculum.

In the game, players are expected to help Zack, Emma, Sam, and Katie solve social problems! This Serious Game features a series of appealing episodes that mirror real world social situations, using video modeling, "hidden rules," and suggestions for how to problem-solve in daily life.

The two levels of play are differentiated with basic cues for beginners and more social situations for intermediate users: Level 1 is for younger children or those who have difficulty understanding social interactions. Level 2 is useful for children who understand social rules but have difficulty applying them in real life. Players have to work their way through the episodes in order to unlock the next lesson.

About The Language Express, Inc.

The Language Express®, founded by parents of autistic twins, is a privately held company based in Encinitas, California.

Initial research and development produced their first demo, The Language Express, in 2010. The company, The Language Express™, was formed. An Advisory Board was organized and a development team aligned to work on the company’s first release, The Social Express™.

Launched in 2011, The Social Express supports social and emotional learning for students struggling with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), ADHD, and other social learning challenges.  The company’s mission is to help special needs children with social-emotional deficits to improve their lives.

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