Calm Counter App

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Calm Counter is a visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down. The app opens up to a “I need a break screen” that vocalizes “I need a break” when it is tapped. The screen then transitions to a red screen with an angry face and the number ten. With each tap the screen transitions to a calmer face and color. In this way, the app prompts the user to count backwards from ten followed by a deep breath. The app also includes a simple social story with line drawings about anger. The social story talks about feeling angry and things you can do, like counting to ten, breathing deeply and taking a break, to calm yourself down. The settings screen allows you to choose from male, female or no vocals for counting back from ten and for reading the social story out loud.

App store: Calm Counter
Website: http://touchautism.com/app/calm-counter/

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Oliver’s 2nd Halloween

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This Halloween, Oliver and I dressed up as Care Bears (his favorite show). Our town was under a flood warning with high winds and heavy rain, which made trick or treating extra tricky. He wasn’t too happy in his Care Bear outfit and was particularly distressed by the head piece, as he is not a fan of hats. We rode in the car from house to house and got out with our candy bucket. When he is outside, he likes to run, so he was whiny as I held him and knocked on the door. Due to his food allergies (especially dairy), he wasn’t able to eat the candy that we collected, however I think that the experience of trick or treating is one that he should still be able to partake in. For future years, I’m considering ordering allergy-free candy and handing it out to the houses we’ll be visiting, prior to our outing. We made it to 4 houses before giving up because of his irritability with the situation, not to mention the crazy weather. I enjoyed dressing him up and taking him out, even though it felt a little pointless. I like the idea of practicing a tradition that we can partake in as a family, even if he can’t eat the candy. Also, the fact that the fun holiday encourages language (“trick or treat”) and socialization (being among other children) is quite a plus.

How did your Halloween go?