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.
Updated for iOS 8
Ratings and Reviews
The story is ace, my son loves it! He did point out tho that the last page of the story say "from 10" but the text says "to 10". (He tells me every time he uses it!)
Unfortunately he has to already be calm down for the counter to be any use otherwise he chucks the iPad. But he knows when he's ready and asks for it now tho.
Very useful app,
My daughter (autistic age 7) finds this a great tool when she becomes cross, she can access it herself when needed and will count down with the icon and follow the instructions when it says deep breath at the end. It does have a calming effect on her and brings her back to a place where she can calmly express her annoyance rather than shouting the place down. She has also looked at the social story that comes with it by herself a few times and seems to like it. 4 stars because I think £1.99 is too pricey, its more of a 69p app.
App did very little, only had a counter that needed you to click on to move it on, and very basic and minimal text on screen.
Certainly did not justify the cost nor the space it took up on my device.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.