My Community is set up like a town. By clicking on different icons, you can see different scenarios played out at a friend's house, the movie theater, the doctor's office, a restaurant, and the grocery story. You can also view social situations in the car, on the phone, and while crossing the street.
My Community is also divided into five different levels:
- Level 1 -- you are shown videos of both appropriate and inappropriate behavior in social situations and are given a recap of the situations
- Level 2 -- you answer multiple choice questions based on the information you see in videos
- Level 3 -- you are shown multiple images and must pick the one that best answers the question you are given
- Level 4 -- you match the thoughts and feelings of the people in the images by placing speech balloons above their heads
- Level 5 -- you predict what happens in the situation by entering text
Social Skill Builder should be commended for making My Community so highly customizable. Not only can you focus on certain locations (the doctor's office, restaurant, etc.), you can also choose to work solely on certain social skills. If your child has difficulty in understanding others' feelings, you can select that skill in the lesson plan and your child will only be shown videos and images that pertain to understanding others' feelings.
This software was well-designed and would benefit anyone with social deficits. One of my favorite parts of the program was Level 4 as it taught you how to read facial expressions. While my preschool-aged son was unable to use this software (the program is designed for kids with a cognitive age of 5 to 15), I do know that one day he will be able to use and learn from this program.
The only negative thing I can think of about this software is there were no scenarios available for school. While I know Social Skill Builder produces separate software titles that deal solely with school, it would've been nice to include it on this title as well.