Welcome to
VOISS Advisor

VOISS Advisor is designed to support educators with the implementation of the VOISS virtual reality app and the subsequent practice and generalization of the skills learned in virtual reality to real-life settings. VOISS Advisor offers educators the opportunity to build their capacity for knowing and teaching social skills to middle school students through how-to, instructional, and modeling videos, implementation guides, classroom stories, a robust database of lesson plans and a lesson plan builder that helps users locate specific lesson plans that they can customize for their own use with students.

 

The VOISS app offers educators, students, and their families 140 social skill scenarios that teach knowledge and understanding of 10 Social Skill Domains and 183 unique social skills. VOISS is a virtual reality learning experience that features a number of support for students, educators, and families to further learn and apply social skills in the classroom and greater school setting.

About US

About VOISS

VOISS is a virtual reality experience that uses social situations and scenarios to effectively teach social skills.

Programs

Our Programs

VOISS

Dive into VOISS, a virtual reality experience that uses social situations and scenarios to effectively teach social skills.

Solutions

Explore instructional methods, generalization tactics, and instructional supports that you can use to help educators facilitate student generalization of learned social skills into the classroom.

Classroom Stories

Discover lesson plans, student examples and teacher stories designed to help you contextualize social skill needs for your students.

Advisor Tool

Utilize our robust lesson plan search tool to locate, download and edit lesson plans to support your students.

Lesson Plans

Dealing With Bullying and Unappreciated Behavior

During VOISS lessons, Marcus learned to respond to bullying and other unwanted behavior. Specifically, he learned to ignore unwanted behavior, leave the situation, and tell a trusted adult. Ms. Jones taught him to identify safe people and bullies, and to find groups...

Greeting Others

During VOISS lessons, Arturo learned to greet others by waving or saying hello to the peer by name. He also learned to say goodbye appropriately. Ms. Jones created a lesson to help Arturo to practice the skill of greeting others (Expressive Communication &...

Managing Peer Pressure

During VOISS lessons, Jolene learned that peer pressure occurs when others pressure you to act or behave a certain way. She discovered that peer pressure can be positive (e.g., peers encourage you to study or make a good decision), but she shouldn’t let peers pressure...

Knows Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

During VOISS lessons, Rico learned that personal strengths are tasks or actions an individual performs well. Weaknesses are tasks or actions an individual struggles with. Rico knew that responding emotionally to situations was one of his weaknesses. Rico learned to...

Asking to Join In

During VOISS sessions, Marcus learned to identify pauses / breaks in activities, gain a peer’s attention by approaching them or saying their name (e.g., “Hey Steve”), and ask, “Can I join?” He learned that sometimes peers say no, and he can say, “That’s okay,” and...

Knows What to Do in Emergency Drills and Real Emergencies

During VOISS lessons, Dylan learned what to do during emergency drills. She learned to listen to adults, stay quiet, and follow directions. As Dylan demonstrated her competence with emergency drills at school, Ms. Jones was satisfied that response generalization had...

Understanding Personal Space and Boundaries

During VOISS lessons, Jackson learned to stay four feet away from people unless he knew them well. He also learned that if someone leans away from him, he has probably crossed into that person’s personal space and is making them uncomfortable. Ms. Thomas created a...

Advocates for Self

VOISS lessons provided Rico with examples of self-advocacy skills. He learned that self-advocacy involves speaking up for yourself, asking for information to understand things that are important or interesting, and reaching out to others for help.  Rico was...

Displaying Appropriate Facial Orientation

During VOISS lessons, Jackson learned that when someone is talking to him, he should have a relaxed face and make intermittent eye contact. He learned that it’s okay to make faces, but making faces while talking with or listening to people can be rude and distracting,...

Using Slang and Idioms in Appropriate Settings

Through VOISS lessons, Jolene practiced identifying settings in which informal language is appropriate. She learned that it is inappropriate to use slang / informal language in settings involving school employees. She has also learned that even when she is hanging out...

FAQ

Frequently Asked

How much does VOISS and VOISS Advisor cost?

VOISS is free for download in the Apple and Google Play stores and VOISS Advisor is a federally funded project and it currently free for use!

What age level of student can use VOISS?

VOISS was designed for and with middle school students who struggle with social skills. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder needing level 1 supports, as well as students with learning disabilities have been the primary users thus far. High school students and adults can find success with VOISS as well.

I want all of my teachers to use VOISS and VOISS Advisor with any student in our middle school who struggles with social skills. How do we get started?

First, we recommend that you learn more about VOISS using the resources at VOISS Advisor. If you have a professional development leader who has questions, please complete our Contact Us form and we would be happy to work with you as you roll out use.

I am a school district interested in using VOISS, how do I get started?

You can download the Apple or Google Play App under Offerings>VOISS>VOISS and VOISS Access and use the resources within Advisor to support your implementation efforts.

My student has finished the scenarios I assigned to him, how do I support generalization into the classroom.
Advisor is designed to support educators as they create lessons for classroom generalization of learned skills. Use the lesson plan builder tool to search by keyword, find a lesson plan similar to your student’s needs, download it and adapt it to be individualized for them and you.
Who created VOISS and VOISS Advisor?

The VOISS team is primarily located at the University of Kansas and is in partnership with Syracuse University and Digital Buckeye.

Want to Work With Us?

Through our work we have entered into several partnerships with school districts and universities. If you are a company, school district or researcher and are interested in working with us, please contact us:

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