The Social Express

Promoting positive social interactions through the power of interactive video modeling and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

What is the Social Express?

We’ve done all the work for you! Our high-quality, engaging webisodes teach foundational skills and positive behaviors through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). From Preschoolers to Highschoolers, our research-based, animated, and interactive lessons encourage users to practice real-life social interactions in the comfort of the classroom. Teach your students how to engage in positive, meaningful social encounters and navigate through conflict with their peers, teachers, and families, both inside and outside of school. Children and young adults now have a safe environment to learn and practice the skills needed to help them develop meaningful relationships and successfully navigate in social climates.

Our robust curriculum offers both online and offline activities, and may be used with your choice of the computer, the iPad app, and interactive white boards.

Hop aboard the The Social Express® and build behaviors in the classroom to bring to the broader world!

Fun & Easy to Use!

Help Zack, Emma, Sam, and Katie conquer the social obstacles of the everyday student! Through engaging, interactive scenes and coping strategies, join along with these friends as they learn to effectively manage the emotional ups and downs of social interactions.

Develop the skills of: Attentive Listening, Conflict Resolution, Conversations, Critical Thinking, Group Participation, Non-Verbal Communication, Relationship Management, and Self-Management

Sample Content

EX: Unit Plan – Conversations

Download the PDF version of this sample curriculum here.

Level 1

  • Respond appropriately to others’ attempts at interaction
  • Participate in and maintain conversations by providing comments that are on-topic
  • Identify the meanings of idioms after reading a story that contains figurative language
  • Introduce themselves/others appropriately to new people

Level 2

  • Lead conversations that stagnate back in track
  • Make appropriate conversational topic shifts
  • Describe common idioms and explain their purpose
  • Terminate conversations by using appropriate behavior , vocal changes, and expressive language
  • Demonstrate understanding of good conversation with others by listening and taking turns

Level 3

  • Display voice tone changes for varying audience members
  • Indicate an understanding of terminating a conversation by using appropriate behavior, vocal changes and expressive language
  • Clarify statements made in conversation or ask for clarification if needed
  • Exemplify how to interrupt politely
  • Show understanding and use of appropriate voice volume to match the appropriate setting
  • Engage in conversational turn-taking with others through asking questions and making comments
  • Ask clarifying questions when he/she doesn’t understand the use of figurative language
  • Monitor & adjust your behavior when you’re with the group
  • Talk about things that others enjoy to speaking about
  • Words can have many diverse meanings
English Language Arts

  • **Character Sketch, Conversation Booklet, About Me, About My Friend, In My Opinion…, Making Connections, Reflections, Story Map and What Happened?
  • Read a selection of Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish; have students write and illustrate a list of “Amelia Bedelia-isms”
  • Read The Cat’s Pajamas by Wallace Edwards; have students select an idiom and draw one picture to depict the literal meaning and one to depict the figurative meaning
  • Have each student bring in a photo of them engaging in a social activity with a friend/family member. Share their photo with the class and write a paragraph (journal style) describing what is happening in the photo
  • Have students read the Reader’s Theater Scriptwriting – Example* and create their own script, depicting conversational turn-taking and strategies for maintaining a conversation (i.e. making a comment, asking a question and giving a compliment)

Visual and Performing Arts 

  • Discuss the four main kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. Role-play each sentence and have students decide which is best for ending a conversation
  • **Reader’s Theater: Have students perform the script. Film and watch to have a discussion about body language and eye contact

More Sample Content


Sample Webisode:

Year Plan

Example Weekly Plan

Susan Hope
Susan Hope
"The Social Express is an engaging and effective program for working within the domain of social skill development. The interactive style of the webisodes piqued the interest of my elementary aged clients and served as a natural segue into role playing activities following discussion of the webisode content. I highly ...

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AngelaM.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language Pathology
I had a chance to review your app and I really think its terrific and a much needed app! I know many SLP’s who are working on social language skills, specifically using Michelle Garcia Winner’s social thinking curriculum. Your app provides a way for students to practice and use the ...

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I just watched the demo online. I love that the same characters will be used and the situation that I saw “possible meltdown”, was perfect…I could just envision some of the kids I work with doing this exact thing, but I also like the rehearsal concept so they can see ...

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Leslie Medina
Leslie MedinaElementary Teacher – Los Angeles School District
I am here to vouch for the general ed teachers. I think the program is AMAZING! They absolutely loved it and found it to be very useful. I, as a teacher, also found it to be very supportive in educating my students with positive reinforcement in the behavior area. I ...

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Rhonda Moffatt
Rhonda MoffattParent and Autism Coach
Since 2013 I have used Social Express and My DPS to help my son and other special needs children understand social situations and prepare them for real life scenarios at school and in the community! Understanding what is expected and dealing with the unexpected are important skills that everyone must ...

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Carmen Martinez, M.Ed.
Carmen Martinez, M.Ed. Lennox School District
I have to congratulate you and your team on this wonderful creation. My students love it and have truly made great gains from using it. Thanks!!!

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Jenny Schmidt
Jenny SchmidtSpeech Pathologist, Middle School San Jose, CA
My middle school mod severe SDC class absolutely loved your program this year. Each Monday when I walked into their room they would say “It’s time for Social Express!” They related to the characters and were able to learn from the slow pace and pauses for discussion.

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Ron Mutchko
Ron MutchkoHudtloff M.S. Lakewood, Washington
My school purchased The Social Express last year and my students loved it and they had fewer behavioral problems because of it.

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Lindsey Whalbrink
Lindsey WhalbrinkFlorida Virtual School FT
We very much enjoyed using the program and found it to be extremely beneficial to our virtual students.

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Laura Railing
Laura RailingMom Blogger
He loves it! He asks to play often. It’s pretty cool to watch the wheels turning in his head to think through the scenarios. I can’t wait to talk to his teacher later this month to see if it’s been helping in the class. No behavior notes sent home yet ...

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Erika Barber
Erika BarberBehavior Interventionist Project Facilitator
You guys definitely have the best customer service of all teaching programs! Thank you so much and I will continue to spread the word about you!

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Elizabeth B
Elizabeth BMom
We really are enjoying the Social Express as my son gets so much out of it. Thankyou so much developing something like this. It has been like a gift to our son. Also, I really like how you keep us parents updated with any new ideas that you are implementing.

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How it Works

Animation is engaging for all ages! The Social Express® targets core deficit areas that stand in the way of school, social, and life success for children and young adults. This enables them to become more socially aware and competent individuals. Equipping children and young adults with the skills and behaviors necessary for appropriate social interaction competencies requires direct instruction. To successfully accomplish this, each facet of every skill must be broken down into small, easily digestible pieces.

The Social Express® addresses these areas of need by providing a highly interactive and visual presentation. Additionally, the program uses printable worksheets and a Digital Problem Solver, which allows for the application of learned skills outside of the teaching environment. The curriculum works on eight key target skills.

Conflict Resolution
coping strategies
Group Participation
Attentive Lisenting
Relationship Management
Non-verbal Communication

Why The Social Express?

As a safe, controlled, and familiar learning environment, The Social Express® provides an opportunity for users to become more socially competent in the classroom. This means students can have successful social interactions outside the classroom, in the schoolyard and beyond. Children who learn how to effectively manage and monitor their own emotions and social interactions are more likely to find higher levels of academic success, positive relationships with their peers, and personal emotional fulfillment .

Potential Benefits include
  • The ability to identify feelings in others
  • Understanding the importance of “eye contact” (thinking with your eyes) in order to figure out what to say or what to do in social situations
  • Learning to read and pickup on non-verbal social cues
  • Learning to implement figurative language (idioms) in conversation to better convey ideas, feelings, and emotions
  • Honing the ability to initiate a successful conversation
  • Monitoring when others are not using appropriate social behaviors and effectively correcting them
  • Identifying appropriate coping strategies for negative emotions
  • Staying on topic and focused when having conversations
  • Being able to watch social situations unfold and seeing how behavior can have negative or positive consequences

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