Beginner and Intermediate Apps

Help kids become social detectives! The Social Detective Beginner and Intermediate apps were created by Social Skill Builder in collaboration with Pamela Crooke and Michelle Garcia Winner, authors of You Are a Social Detective!. The interactive apps use real-life video scenarios to teach children how to use their eyes, ears, and brain to make smart social guesses. In short, these apps help children connect the dots to understand how each person’s behavior affects others’ emotions and responses. 

Children watch videos of people interacting and react to prompts in order to earn “gear” to become a Social Detective (such as the iconic social detective hat, trench coat, magnifying glass, notebook, and flashlight.) Kids feel a sense of accomplishment when a new item is earned and they feel themselves becoming stronger Social Detectives!

The Apps Help Children:

  • Understand others’ Expected and Unexpected behaviors
  • Understand others’ Comfortable and Uncomfortable thoughts
  • Learn to use their Social Tool Box items (eyes, ears and brain)
  • Learn how to make Smart Guesses with your social tool box items

The apps are a wonderful tool for teachers, therapists and parents to teach social skills to children with Autism, Asperger’s and other special needs. They use real life video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms and include a pause and rewind button to stop the action during teachable moments. Also, progress can be tracked and shared by emailing performance metrics after playing.

Beginner App for Ages 7-12



The You are a Social Detective interactive App teaches children with Autism, Asperger’s and other special needs how to appropriately engage in everyday situations. Children learn how to use their eyes, ears and brain to make smart social guesses and investigate clues to see how others' emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior.

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Intermediate App for Ages 7+



The Social Detective Intermediate app picks up where the Beginner app leaves off and focuses on decoding the thoughts and emotions of people students interact with day to day. Using this information, students will make smart guesses to predict what those people might do or say next.

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