Social Learning

What’s The Buzz? (Australian) A complete social and emotional literacy approach comprised of 48 lessons over 3 programs and complimented by a deep selection of online resources.

What’s the Buzz? is an evidence-based program now used in more than 130 countries to teach young people social and emotional intelligence. It is based on the S.A.F.E. criteria, which permits maximum opportunity for the skills taught to transfer across into other situations.

The program has become a required text for teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work and youth workers in training at many Universities worldwide.

Three programs:
Early Learners (ages 5 to 8 years)
Primary Students (ages 9 to 11 years)
Teenagers (ages 12 to 15 years)

Very comphresive website, lots of youtube clips on the program to see what it’s all about also. Visit Website

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They have different programs The Social Express, Cool School and Teen Career Path.

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Positive Penguins is an award winning, top ranked, fun educational app developed forPositive Penguins.jpg children to help them understand why they feel the way they do and help them challenge their negative thinking.

The app aims to help children understand their feelings come from their own thoughts not the situations.

They also have Posters, Activity Sheets, Positive Penguins Lesson Plan, Positive Penguins Worksheet and other resources on their website.

Ask Ed (App)Does your child have worries, anxieties and tantrums? Imagine if an app could teach your child to voice their problems, express their feelings and decide on a plan of action. Ask Ed is designed to help children deal with real life problems from the smallest annoyance to aAsk Ed.jpg ‘full blown catastrophe’. Ask Ed helps children, parents and teachers work together to tackle social, emotional and behavioural issues.
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Play is the Way® is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional skills using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language – behaviour education using wisdom, not force. Visit Website

Wonder Grove Kids
For the younger ones, 150 songs, sight words and social stories short clips. It is American based but a great variety and educational. Go to their channel on YouTube


Also for the educators – 225 Powerful SEL Animated Lessons Model Appropriate Classroom Behavior for Students in Pre-K through 2nd Grade. Visit Website

The Zones of Regulation Program. The lessons and learning activities are designed to help the students recognize when they’re in the different Zones (states of alertness/moods) as well as learn how to use strategies to regulate the Zone they are in. In addition to addressing self-regulation, the students will be gaining an increased vocabulary of emotional terms, skills in reading facial expressions, perspective on how others see and react to their behaviour, insight on events that trigger their behaviour, calming and alerting strategies, and problem solving skills.  Visit Website

Storyboard That – Great for making social stories for your child/student OR use them to create stories if your child are not great at writing down, or stuck on ideas. So many options!  Visit Storyboard that

Secret Agent Society is a social skills training program to help children feel happier, calmer and to make new friends.
Check with your psychologist if they run this program. Some schools and other organisations also run sessions.

Secret Agent Society NDIS Guide.  (download PDF Guide) We have developed a guide for SAS Providers and NDIS Plan Managers, Planners and Support Coordinators who have NDIS participants with goals related to SAS.


The Wonkidos Animated Social Skills
are fun, award winning, silly cartoons that teach children important lessons in a fun animated way! Each Wonkidos episode is a short animation modeling correct behaviors that is fun and interactive for all young children. Let the Wonkidos help your child learn important social and life skills for positive social interactions. Visit WonKidos

Social Stories

Social Stories are highly structured interventions that use stories to explain social situations to children with autism or other special needs. They also help children learn socially appropriate behaviour and responses.

Books for social skills you can purchase – Learn about Bullies, learning to listen, a story about mongering anger, A tale about telling the truth, Sportsmanship, winning isn’t everything, learning about courage and much more. Best of all they have free video clips on all these social skills you can watch.
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File Folder Heaven offers a wide variety of games and activities that provide children with hands-on opportunities to practice basic skills. Simply put, it’s “Printable, Hands-on, Fun!”
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TPT.jpgTeachers Pay Teachers
Such a valuable resource, if you haven’t signed up already, do so ! The World’s First Open Marketplace for Teacher-Created Resources. Lots of freebies, Other resources, very cheap! Visuals, social stories … list is endless.
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LessonPix is an easy-to-use online resource that allows users to create various customized learning materials for creating a social story.
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Trace Moroney Books – A creator of exquisite children’s books that touch your heart and soul . . . and just make you feel good.  Her feelings series, bully and grief are fantastic for kids with special needs to understand.
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Learn Auslan online

Social Express.jpgThe Social Express

(Brighten Learning)
Their Programs Teach Everyone How To:

  • Better understand perspectives
  • Strengthen social skills
  • Create stronger social relationships
  • Improve social competence

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Learning to Get Along Series
Book set. or DVD software

Connectbility.jpgConnectAbility offers a visuals engine that is great for creating a quick social story on the fly. There are no downloads necessary. Simply select your template (choose from choice time, rules, schedules, personal stories and more), add Boardmaker images or upload your own images and print or save as a PDF. Try it Now

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The New Social Story Book by Carol Gray

Best-selling book offers over 180 ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, and new sections added are: How to most effectively use and apply the stories; How to improve the lives of younger children; and Social Stories for teens and adults with autism. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in ways children and adults with autism understand, while teaching social skills needed for them to be successful at home, school, work, and in the community.
Available at most bookstores.

Little World Social Skills (Book set)

This series addresses topics and issues kids face every day. It gives them the skills to learn more about them and deal with them in the right way. Visit Website

Sandbox Learning – Social Stories 
Sandbox Learning.jpgDevelops fun and innovative materials for children. Products include customizable stories on social, emotional, daily living and behavioural skills; feelings cards, and data sheets. Try a free story today

Easy Social Stories

Offering autism / special needs support, including inexpensive, instantly downloadable PDF files for self-printed booklets, mobile and computer use. Visit Website

Social story apps

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A simple way to make your own beautiful ebooks, right on your iPad. With over 10 million ebooks created so far, Book Creator is ideal for making all kinds of books, including children’s picture books, photo books, journals, textbooks and more.


Stories About Me  storiesapp.jpg
Create their own social stories for their children and students.  Blending photos, text, and voice recordings into a talking picture book, children can playback rich media stories of their own personal experiences.  Swiping advances the pages and tapping plays the audio; simple as that!


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Enables young children to take part in fun games which can help develop interests and skills that will be relevant to them when they start to read by creating your own social stories using your photos.


Story CreatorEasy Story Book Maker for Kids (Free) storycreator.jpg
Easily create beautiful story books containing photos, videos, text, and audio all in one gorgeous collection. Story Creator truly brings your best stories to life and easily allows you to retell and share your most memorable moments.


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Talk’n Photos is a simple to navigate talking photo album. Completely customizable, this app allows you to add text and voice recording to album covers as well as each entry (picture) within an album. Photos or symbols may be uploaded from your camera, taken with your iPad/iTouch/iPhone or downloaded from a large number of free clip art/photo art web sites.


Alex Kelly’s internationally renowned TALKABOUT books are a series of practical workbooks designed to develop the self-awareness, self-esteem, and social skills of people with special needs.  These books can be used at home with parent/carer or your Occupational Therapist, Speech therapist of in any education setting. These really are terrific books, and I’ve only just shown a few here.

Also when you buy a hard copy book you can get the code to download all the activities online so you can print off the worksheets. Google Talkabout books or Alex Kelly books and they are everywhere to buy.