The You Are a Social Detective Beginner App has 3 exciting levels with numerous video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms.

For Ages 7 - 12

Discover how to become a better social thinker with Social Skill Builder’s You Are A Social Detective Beginner App. This interactive App teaches children with Autism, Asperger’s and other special needs how to appropriately engage in everyday situations. It teaches them 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. Based on the You Are A Social Detective! book by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke of Social Thinking, the following social concepts come alive for children:

· Understanding Others’ Expected and Unexpected Behavior

· Understanding Others’ Comfortable and Uncomfortable Thoughts

· Learning to Use Your Social Tool Box Items (Eyes, Ears and Brain)

· Learning how to make Smart Guesses with your social tool box items

The You Are A Social Detective Beginner App allows the child to choose their own avatar and earn their social detective tools as they learn how to improve their social skills. Educators and parents can track and share progress by emailing graphs and percentages of outcomes after playing. This fun and engaging app is a great learning tool and autism resource for teaching social skills to all children!

Developed for teachers, therapists, counselors and parents Social Skill Builder’s apps use real life scenarios and video modeling to teach social skills to children with Autism, Asperger’s and other special needs.

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Other Apps from Social Skill Builder include:

Social Skill Builder Full-$10.99
Social Skill Builder Lite- 2.99 (Sample App with in-app purchases available)

What’s New

Version 1.2

* Fixed the video pause feature in the Magnifying Glass section (where the video pauses, the player is asked a question and then clicks “to see what happens next” ).

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

Snagzmom ,

So far it seems to be helping

I just downloaded this and was using it with my asbergers student and she seemed to be engaged and getting a lot from it.

ESther Tarkieltaub, LBS1 ,

Social ThinkingR Provider

Engaging app for clients of various ages. Reinforcing concepts, vocabulary with examples of various scenarios. Leads to valuable discussion. Clients enjoy program and talking about the expected and unexpected behaviors. Often they will disagree, great for promoting discussion and thinking. I like that there is repetition of a scenario if client is unsure as well as positive reinforcement at set intervals. Clients are excited when they can move on. Great tool to use with the book You Are a Social Detective by Michelle Garcia Winner. One of my younger students had a hard time when made a mistake and wanted to start over. Perhaps program could have reinforced its ok to make a mistake...we are learning to be social detectives. Great app, most useful tool.

Keen Speech ,

Needs Updating

This app is extremely dated. The video clips look old, and the children featured in the clips could stand to be more diverse. I work with primarily African-American students, so I find it troubling that the only person of color featured in the initial segment (16 video clips) of the app is an African-American tween male engaged in arguably the most overt "unexpected" behavior of all the children featured in the video clips within that segment. Perhaps I'm being too sensitive, but it strikes me as a subtle perpetuation of racial stereotypes. Besides that, it is definitely way overpriced for the quality of the app due to poor video and audio quality; perhaps the book is a better investment.


Social Skill Builder, Inc.
179.9 MB

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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