Meebie® by Orkid Toys(R) is an iPad only App that helps children express feelings as well as assists with social/emotional development by helping children to put images around feelings, understanding, identification of how one is feeling as well as compassion. The app was designed after Orkid Toys decided to take the original Meebie, a soft doll which was used in therapy settings and convert it to an app to help increase access for more individuals. The original doll as well as the app are used in play therapy, developmental therapy, speech/language therapy as well is in a traditional education setting to help explain feelings to children using a concrete example. This app works on expressive and receptive speech as well as descriptors, emotions, social skills and creative play.
I love that children can design their own Meebie on an iPad and then use a variety of facial expressions as well as other emotions like band aids, tears and smiles and design how Meebie is feeling. When they are done, they can label how their Meebie is feeling as well as providing a word to describe Meebie’s emotions. I also really liked that children could design Meebie without any “restrictions” and put things where kids wanted to put them rather than be constrained to a typical location for eyes, nose, ears or eyebrows. I also liked that you can save and print your creations. This is also an app which is easiest to use for the youngest of children.
In terms of enhancements – I would like to see more emotions available for Meebie such as frustration, anger, happiness among others. There are a number of emotions now, but when I asked my son to explain why he couldn’t find what he want he ended up drawing out what he wanted. It would also be fun if children could take photos of their own faces via a device and somehow lay them into the app to show how they felt with Meebie.
This app would be great for a school based setting or with parents at home who had a child who was feeling frustrated our couldn’t label their emotions. The app allows them to make a picture electronically which will help them explain their feelings and helps them to ensure that everyone understands each other. The language component and social skills make this a great addition to your iTunes library.
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