App: Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults
Developer: AAPC Publishing
Platform: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category: Social Behavior App
Adults and Teens Learn “Unwritten Social Rules”
Hidden Curriculum apps are usually built for young ones with autism spectrum disorder. But it turns out that older adolescents and adults have our own app to help us with unspoken societal rules!
Hidden Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults immediately starts out by helping the user. Here is an example of a “unwritten social rule” that you might see when you start this app.
Users can indicate whether a tip is helpful or not, depending on their existing knowledge of the subject.
Click on the green “yes” check mark to add it to your Favorites List.
You can access your Favorites List later by clicking on the yellow star (Fav’s) in the bottom left corner.
I absolutely burst out laughing at the example below as soon as it came up. Why? If you’re a literal thinker like I am or you know one . . . you get it. This tip will definitely help people like me.
Wait. Do Hardy Boys and toy robots or train obsessions count for this? Whoops!
Hidden Curriculum Gems
Users can also email favorite or useful tips. I found a few gems:
- “When somebody asks if you like her new outfit, it is impolite to say no, even if it is the truth. “
- “When filling out forms, “sex” refers to gender. It does not refer to how often.”
- “At a coffee shop, all cups have bottoms. The term ‘bottomless cup’ refers to unlimited numbers of free coffee refills.” My (and others’) literal thinking coming in again . . .
- “The term ‘Don’t get your undies in a bundle’ has nothing to do with underwear. It is an idiom that means to ‘chill out.’ Therefore, you can feel free to purchase your underwear bundled up in a package if you wish. “
- “A ‘wider audience’ refers to an increase in the number of people participating in something, rather than an increase in the size of individual people.”
I’d highly recommend Hidden Curriculum for Older Adolescents and Adults. Not only is it humorous, it is very helpful for those who have to be more independent.
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This app review was written by Mahina, a 20-year-old college student with autism who enjoys reading, food, and music. She is also a huge technology geek who blogs at from aloha to arizona. Thanks Mahina!