7 Apps to Use in School Counseling

Do you remember growing up in a world without smart phones and tablets? Our students today will most likely never know what it’s like to be more than one touch away from family, friends, and new ideas. Technology geared towards children sometimes gets a bad rap, but these 7 apps are winners in my book! They help students name feelings, practice deep breathing exercises, and more. These 7 apps are wonderful tools to have at your disposal when working with tech-savvy students in any counseling setting. They are great for check-in/check-out, de-escalation, and individual sessions.

1. Settle Your Glitter by Momentous Institute
Imagine my surprise when I found this app after spending a great deal of time and craft supplies on perfecting my calming bottle collection! This app leads students through mindful breathing exercises as the glitter settles and offers time for comparing strength of feelings before and after the exercise.

2. Stop, Breathe & Think Kids: Focus, Calm & Sleep by Stop, Breathe & Think
This fantastic app is chock-full of calming mindfulness breathing exercise. This is perfect for students needing to calm and refocus. The exercises are around 5-8 minutes and also allow students to use emojis to track their feelings before and after.

3. Breathing Bubbles by Momentous Institute
This is one of my favorite apps to use with kids who worry. When the user selects worry as the current feeling, the app asks if the user would like to release a worry or receive a joy. Students can then practice calming breathing exercises.

4. iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids Free by Staytoooned
As the title states, this is a great app for young children who are learning to identify feelings. This app is also helpful for students who struggle to recognize facial expressions in others. Users are given a scenario (like the picture below) and asked to select the emoticon that matches how the character is feeling.

5. Social Stories Creator and Library by Touch Autism 
This app is great for creating social stories using your own pictures and audio recordings. There are also in-app purchases for ready to use social stories if you need one in a pinch!

6. TF-CBT Triangle of Life by Allegheny Health Network
This is an awesome app that introduces CBT through a safari game. Animals describe their experiences and learn about how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related. Students also learn how to challenge automatic negative thoughts!

7. FOCUS On the Go! by University of California, Los Angeles
I am a big fan of the FOCUS programs, and this app is a great extension. Students work with Buddy Bear to practice identifying feelings and gathering tools they can use for calming!

What other apps are you using with your students? Let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for more!

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4 thoughts on “7 Apps to Use in School Counseling

  1. Great list! The link for #5 leads only to a blog unfortunately. Also, I love Mindshift and Mindfulness Coach for my students. Both are free with no in-app purchases!

    1. Pamela, thank you so much for telling me! I just fixed the link – I have no idea what happened to it! I'm going to check out Mindfulness Coach right now. Thanks for the tip!!

  2. Thank you for the great app suggestions! I also use Touch and Learn for recognizing emotions (for younger students), Moody Monster, Take a Stand (bullying app using an avatar).

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