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Big Break: The Acting Game

Big Break Bobby needs actors for his movie production studios. That’s where you come in! Act out lines along with game characters, guess emotions of the characters, and even see yourself in a movie!  Earn points based on your acting and observation skills!

This game operates as a safe and fun way for kids to practice their social communication skills through modules that require listening, watching, acting, and singing. A great resource for coaching nonverbal aspects of expression and emotion understanding.

Based on research conducted in the SMART lab at Ryerson University (, this game utilizes research-supported methods of emotional mimicry along with sophisticated expression analysis algorithms to guide kids in their development of social communication skills. Ideal for children with communication difficulties, including children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, auditory processing disorder, attention deficit disorder subtypes, and deaf children with cochlear implants.

Our study in 2015 showed significant improvements in kids with autism who played the imitation version of the game (compared to a control group who did not imitate and played the game), in social responsiveness as well as accuracy identifying emotions. Here's a link to our research presented at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition in 2015:

As a team of researchers, educators, designers, and parents, we understand the importance of social communication, and we are deeply interested in making tools to support the development of social communication skills. We are always interested in learning more about social communication challenges and receiving app-specific feedback. Please send comments via email to .

Cost: $8.49 CAD

Social Skills
Children (6-12)
Adolescents (13-17)