• Emotional & Social Development

    Apps to help children develop social skills in emotional expression and recognition.

  • Based in Research

    We design apps based on social neuroscience research. 

  • IOS App Technology

    State of the art app and game technology accessible for anyone with an iPad.

  • Educational Feedback

    Immediate feedback during gameplay about emotion expressions and recognition.

Chief Executive Officers: Lucy McGarry, Ph.D. & Frank Russo, Ph.D.

Creative Director: Dan Sampson

Graphics, animations & character design by Dan Sampson

iOS development by Alex Andrews and Gabriel Jensen

Theme song and sound effects by Andrew Lauzon

Production team: Stevie Baker, Tyler Grace, Adam Buckley

Thanks to our funding sources, including the Fed Dev Social Venture Fellowship and the Telus Greater Toronto Community Board

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 (smartlaboratory.org), 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.

More information about the Big Break game can be found at bigbreakgame.com.

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 info@bigbreakgame.com, or fill out a comment card.