social skills game

Zoo U®: An Evidence-based, Online Social Skills Game

Do you work with students who have extreme reactions to trivial problems, who blurt out in class, or who have trouble making friends?

You can help them with Zoo U®, a behavioral intervention developed with funding from the US Department of Education and used by 1000’s of educators across the country.

In the program, students work towards mastery of six key social and emotional skills:

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Emotion regulation
  • Empathy
  • Impulse control
  • Social initiation

After each student completes six short scenes at the beginning of the game, you will have access to a personalized report that identifies their strengths and weaknesses. Students then continue on to play 30 intervention scenes, and as they practice within the game, they become more confident and improve behavior in real life!

From your educator dashboard, you will be able to monitor progress as well as see how much time the student spends on the intervention.

The entire Zoo U social skills game takes 10-15 hours to complete; however, we encourage you to have students play one or two times a week for approximately 30 minutes per session. This will allow them to reflect on what they have learned during each scene and integrate their newly acquired skills. And at that rate, students will complete the entire intervention over the course of a semester or by the end of the school year.

Educators: You can evaluate Zoo U for 30 days for free and see how the program works with your students:

Request Educator Account

Parents and Homeschool Educators: You can purchase Zoo U for use at home here

The Zoo U Student Experience

When you log into the Centervention dashboard, you will create an account for each of your students and assign them to the Zoo U program.

After students log in, they create an avatar to represent their character in the game. This avatar gives the students a sense of agency and encourages them to make choices in the game that are similar to how they behave in the real world.

In each scene, students decide how to communicate and interact with the other characters. Each of the dialog choices is read aloud, and students make decisions about what to say and also the tone of voice to use. But even if they don’t get it right the first time, students can replay a scene multiple times as they work to improve and master the skill.

After students complete a scene, Principal Wild, the quirky but helpful school administrator, provides positive and constructive feedback on their choices.

In addition to the learning students experience in the game, we also provide supplemental lessons that can be used one-on-one with the student or in small group sessions.

Just like Matthew’s students, thousands of students nationwide have improved their social and emotional skills using Zoo U, and your kids will be no different.

It’s Quick and Easy to Get Started!

Educators, you can evaluate Zoo U for free for 30 days, and when you are satisfied, you can purchase student licenses for only $10 per student. There is no minimum purchase required.

Request Educator Account

And best of all, you will not be forced to sit through a four-hour Professional Development session in order to get started. But as you use Zoo U with your students, we are happy to assist via chat, email, or phone!

Already have an educator account? Log in at:

Students with valid accounts can log in at: