Zift Advisory

This App Contains...
Chat
Commenting
In App Purchases
Microtransactions
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Geotracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

Parent Rating

N/A

In the ConversationBuilder app, kids can practice simulated social and conversation skills. The ConversationBuilder app is only available in the App Store for $19.99 and is rated for users 4 years of age and older.  This app does feature in-app purchases but there are no advertisements. This app is most appropriate for mature kids and teens.  

About ConversationBuilder
Category
Education
In-App Purchases
None

What is ConversationBuilder?

In the ConversationBuilder app, kids can practice social and conversation skills in the context of simulated social interactions.


The ConversationBuilder app is only available in the App Store for $19.99 and is rated for users 4 years of age and older.  This app does feature in-app purchases but there are no advertisements.


Starting with a image of a social setting and typical participants, users select from a multiple choice list of appropriate interactions and record themselves reading the sentence. 


Conversations can continue for up to eight exchanges, with your child selecting and recording responses, then watching how the participants react to their choices. Modeling the flow of conversation visually, with text and pictures, helps students learn when and how to effectively ask questions, make observations, or change the subject.


Possible conversation topics include conversation topics they are likely to encounter in age-appropriate social settings, such as entertainment, school, sports, and relationships.


Scenarios can be adjusted for variable numbers of participants and who initiates the exchange. Simulated conversations can be recorded and shared with parents or teachers for review and recommended improvements.


With over one hundred scripts and the option to customize scenarios to their developmental objectives, the ConversationBuilder app can be a productive tool for practicing social interactions in a controlled, comparatively stress-free way. It can also be beneficial for individuals on the autism spectrum.


Kids who can independently operate touchscreen electronic devices should be able to explore ConversationBuilder more or less on their own, while individuals with motor coordination disabilities or impaired vision may require a sighted companion or assistance with the controls. Non-verbal kids can still select conversational options on their own, recording responses with their preferred communication device if available.


Online reviews note a few issues with the ConversationBuilder app. It can be unclear which option is the “correct” choice in more complex social interactions, especially those involving sarcasm or hostile interactions, and the included scenarios could do with more racial and ethnically diverse participants.


ConversationBuilder has won multiple awards since its release, including: 


  • Top Ten SN apps of all time - Technology Horizons in Education 
  • Top Social Skills App of 2012 - Consonantly Speaking 
  • 2012 Top 10 Speech Therapy App - Mom's with Apps 
  • 2012 Top 10 Speech Therapy App - Let's Talk SLP 
  • 2012 Top 10 Speech Therapy App - Peachy Speech 
  • 2012 Top 10 Speech Therapy App - Speech2Me 
  • 2nd best Educational App by Smart Apps For Kids


ConversationBuilder was developed by Mobile Education Store LLC as part of its Builder Series of educational apps. Their apps have won over 40 awards, and the developers themselves were named Educational Developer of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Is ConversationBuilder safe for my kids?

ConversationBuilder can be a good tool for teaching and practicing social interactions for individuals with linguistic or social difficulties, especially individuals on the autistic spectrum. It is most appropriate for mature kids and teens.

That said, some of the teenage social scenarios involve topics with which some parents can be uncomfortable, such as sex, recreational drugs, or bullying. The ConversationBuilder app has a parental control feature which can disable mature scenarios until your child is ready to handle them.

Parents need to know that ConversationBuilder features in-app purchases, so purchase options should be password protected. 

ConversationBuilder Parent Rating

N/A

Log In or Sign Up to leave a review!

    Reviews: 0