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SoshTM is an approach to social skills based on a decade of work with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with social difficulties.   The Sosh framework divides social functioning into five areas essential to social skills development and success: Relate (Connect with Others), Relax (Reduce Stress), Regulate (Manage Behaviors), Reason (Think it Through) and Recognize (Understand Feelings).   These "5R's" serve as a road map for individuals who want to be social, but may have faced obstacles in the past, and also serve as a guide for parents, teachers, and therapists hoping to encourage and assist individuals with their social goals.    With exercises, strategies and information for home, school, and therapy, Sosh will be with you and your child, student, or client every step of the way.    For a more in-depth description of the Sosh methodology, click here.

The SoshTM mobile application was designed to assist individuals with social skills difficulties by putting the "5R's" to use in their everyday environments.   It is designed to work with and for individuals when they need it the most: In the Moment.    Developed by two psychologists, the Sosh mobile application contains the critical elements that individuals need to improve their social skills. Whereas other social skills tools or strategies are commonly used in superficial settings (a therapy group, at home, in a therapist's office), this application can be carried with the individual and utilized in those real life social situations when questions arise.   

This makes the intervention especially powerful and consistent with research findings about the importance of real world practice and intervention.   The Sosh application is comprehensive, customizable, user friendly, and intuitive.   It is a teacher, therapist, parent, and coach all in the palm of your hand.   Sosh can (and should) be used in all settings of your day.   The more time you spend with others, the more powerful this application becomes.   If you are willing to put in the time and effort, Sosh will help you accomplish your social goals.

  • Sōsh App User Manual
  • Our Mission is to create a supportive network of individuals and their families who can exchange ideas, compare strategies, and ask questions as they use the SoshTM methodology and mobile application.   We believe it is through this support of one another that change can and does occur.   We consider the adage, "It takes a village to raise a child" to be especially true with social skills development.   Thus, when you purchase the Sosh application, you enter into a community.   

    You receive free access to a Members Only section of this website where everyone has the same goal: Help improve social skills.   This exclusive section of the website includes message boards on all topics related to social skills and human development.   We also provide video modeling examples and encourage member video submissions that demonstrate their approaches that have resulted in success. In addition, there is a newsfeed of the latest science and news related to social development as well as an up-to-date resources library.   

    This site is maintained by two licensed psychologists who regularly contribute and respond to message board comments and queries. Finally, these experts provide periodic webinars to share tips and techniques, discuss research and provide support when working with a child, client, student, or loved one.   

    We value your feedback as community members and as such, we want to hear from you about what you need.   If you decide to purchase the Sosh app, you should know that any updates we make to the application will be available, at no additional cost, for the life of the application and will account for your feedback.   If you have an idea, we want to hear from you.   Please take the opportunity to get to know the fellow members of the community and ask questions, make comments, and share your ideas; it is a wonderful resource.   

    The school setting is an ideal location for implementing social skills intervention for the school-aged child.   The school environment is filled with a ready-made peer network with whom the child can interact.   School staff (i.e., teachers, social workers, school psychologists, special education teachers, teacher consultants, paraprofessionals) are some of the best people to help monitor the child's social development and coach the child based on his or her specific needs.   

    As ideal of a setting the school may be to help a child improve social skills, actually implementing an intervention program is often challenging for schools because of the lack of time, money, and resources.   Further, some schools may not be well-versed as to how to help a child improve his or her social functioning.   

    The benefit of using the SoshTM approach in the schools is its simplicity (the "5R's") as well as the combination of technology and traditional skills-based strategies to social development.   This type of approach to social skills in schools has never been available before now.   The Sosh app is designed with schools in mind so elementary through college-age students can utilize this technology throughout the school day, when most students with social difficulties may have their only (and most important) opportunities each week to be social with others.   

    Sosh helps schools that often ask, “What do we do to help this child?”  Indeed, many schools are now incorporating the iPad into their special education curriculum and the Sosh app is ideal for students working on social development during the school day. Furthermore, the Sosh app provides a useful feature for teachers who are seeking a simple way to provide quick and helpful feedback to students and their families. With the push of a button, the student's parents can view this feedback in their email inbox before the child arrives home each day!       

  • "It is one sweet app, is strength-based and best in breed; an app that is both dignified, and appeals to kids' strengths while building social skills at the same time. Finally, something my tween will want!"
    --Gailynn Gluth
    Founder and CEO Wynsum Arts

  • "Great book, a must read for all parents!"
    --Michelle (Mother)

  • “The first thing that impresses me about Sōsh is the app's completeness. It's meant to help people with Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism) navigate social situations and Sōsh gives you virtually every tool you could possibly have in one electronic iPhone toolbox. It's the Swiss Army knife of apps!

    Sōsh revolves around five essential abilities for social skills development: Relate, Relax, Reason, Regulate, and Recognize.
    What do you get in Sōsh? A whole lot. Let me try to cover some of the bases here. You get a journal, a goals area, a to-do list, a rating scale that you can use to rate anything from Liz's hairstyle to Herbert's new motorcycle to how happy you are with your new dog. You also get a behavior tracking area, a voice meter, an interest log, and a shredder that you can use to get rid of any negative thought, feeling or situation. And there's lots more but I don't want to turn this review into a long list of features! Wow!

    Some of my favorite parts of Sōsh are the Shredder and the Facial Expressions gallery. Love the shredder! It's visual, it's audible, it's brilliant! You just type your trouble and drag it into the shredder to see it vanquished! And the Facial Expressions gallery is a great spot within the app to brush up on recognizing emotions. And, of course, it's visual too.

    Another one of my personal favorites is the section of this incredible app called What Did That Mean? This section helps you understand many of the most common idioms in the English language such as "Made of money." If someone is "made of money" it means they have a lot of money, not that they are literally constructed from money, right? Ever thought of how your thinking would change if someone tells you they are about to "make a killing" and you misunderstand that statement? You might be prompted to call the Police! Uh oh! This section of the app outlines these expressions in plain English.

    Maybe you want to email somebody your goals for the day. Sōsh does that. Maybe you want a timer to help you deal with an upcoming transition. Sōsh does that too. In fact, it does SO many things that you won't believe it. This autism app even provides you with a visual of a pump and a balloon for when you want to express your level of stress. Be careful, because if you inflate the stress balloon too much it will pop!

    Sōsh is amazing. Most apps only attempt to cover a single base, but the developer of Sōsh is trying to cover the whole infield... and they're doing it quite well! I can see how this app could be a great tool for anyone with Asperger's or high functioning autism from teens on up.”

    --Autism Epicenter


  • "This app is the most comprehensive electronic and portable toolbox for social skills development! It consists of over 60 well-designed screens presenting exercises, strategies, and practical information to help users work through social situations in a step-by-step manner."
    --(Teaching All Students)

  • "Sōsh: Fantastic App for Social Skills." --Barth Educational Consultants

  • User Reviews
  • “This is a marvelous autism app.”

    “I haven’t seen anything like it.”

    “I have never come across something so great for people with Asperger’s.”

    “Sōsh gives you virtually every tool you could possibly have in one electronic toolbox.”

    “It's the Swiss Army knife of apps!”

    “This app is the most comprehensive electronic and portable toolbox for social skills development!”

    “I love this app! I love the negative thought shredder page. We all need one of these!”

    “Wow! Like a psychologist in your pocket!”

    “I love it!! The voice meter especially!”

    “Amazing app, very well thought out.”

    “It includes the areas that I incorporate into my instruction and IEPs with students who have autism.”

    “AWESOME! Two thumbs up! Great app!”

    “Wow... love these R's as they definitely reflect all we are still trying to teach our 13 yr old son with autism.”

    “Your app is incredible! I love the voice meter!”

    “This app is great. Love that it can help older kids with social skills.”

    “I have been using this app for my 7yo son because it is so well-rounded in addressing all of his social issues.”

    “This app is amazing and just what I needed for my 15 year old Asperger’s son. He struggles daily with social skills. Thanks for the great app!!”

    “It’s just what we needed, a tool to assist kids in the here and now. Excellent problem solving tool! Well done!”

    “This app is great! I will definitely be recommending this one.”

    “What an amazing app you have developed - it is exactly what any parent of a child with Asperger’s has been trying to find. So thank-you for helping us - absolutely brilliant!”

    “I love the in the moment use, relaxation, and how it shows perspective which is one we work hard on!”

    “What an amazing idea!! So many children can benefit from this and make progress towards so many goals! Way to go!”

    “Wow! You Hit a Home Run! This is an Amazing App!!”

    “LOVE the app. Incredible and motivating way to teach social skills. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!”

    “I hope lots of people find out how useful and well-designed this app is.”

    “I think it's awesome! Thank you so much for making an app for the older kids, I think so often they are overlooked.”

    “I have been looking for something like Sōsh for a LONG time!”

    “Well worth the $39.99! Fantastic App for individuals with Asperger's. My son and I both have AS and have tried many apps on our iPod touch and iPad to help learn new social skills and tools to help with self-regulation skills (timers, etc)... Sosh combines the features of many apps we have tried in a fantastic, coherent way. Sosh is easy and fun to learn to use and we are thrilled to have it in our arsenal. This is exactly what my son needs for learning more self-regulating techniques and exactly what I need to exercise the techniques I know and learn more. I love the tips and suggestions and the navigation. A+++++(I learned about Sosh from the app AutismApps) I imagine that some folks with ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, anxiety disorder, and such might benefit from this as well, but I can only speak from my experience with Asperger's and ADD/ADHD.”

    "For anyone considering the Sōsh app and the reasons for why you would be considering the Sōsh app, it's worth the investment."

    "I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It's been SUCH a great app to have. Meltdowns are becoming easier to cope with as we go through it."

    "I love this app! It is perfect for some of my students who struggle with emotional regulation!"

    "Wonderful app! Well worth every penny if you have a child that could benefit from it."

    "This is a wonderful and helpful app. We have it and have enjoyed using it! You can get a 7 day free trial. The book that accompanies it is very helpful, also. Dr. Bowers has really nailed how best to help pre-teen and young adults with going out into the world ----this is something very helpful to take with them!!! Give it a look over!"

    "Love it! Social skills... a huge need in the special needs community! See a need, fill a need! Thanks Sōsh :)"

    "The Sōsh App is worth every dollar spent."

    "This is a great app for teaching older elementary and beyond how to monitor their own social skills and related behaviors."

    “Absolutely brilliant app!!!”

  • More to come...

  • Sosh counseling trains parents and children (ages 8 through young adulthood) to increase functional social skills used in everyday social settings. The Sosh approach focuses on reinforcing positive behaviors such as following instructions and routines, functional communication skills, and positive non-verbal communication skills such as eye contact. Sosh is an approach to social skills based on a decade of work with children, adolescents, and young adults who struggle with social difficulties.

    The Sosh framework divides social functioning into five areas essential to social skills development and success: Relate (Connect with Others), Relax (Reduce Stress), Regulate (Manage Behaviors), Reason (Think it Through) and Recognize (Understand Feelings). These “5 R’s” serve as a road map for individuals who want to be social, but may have faced obstacles in the past.

    Counseling using this approach is available individually, with families, and in social groups. These services are provided by Dr. Bowers in his Ann Arbor, Michigan office. Visit www.aacenter.org to schedule social skills training using Sosh.

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    Mark Bowers, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mark Bowers is a licensed pediatric psychologist in private practice in Ann...

    Kelly Bowers, Ph.D.

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