Confidence & Bullying Prevention
Model Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention provides children with Autism a teaching
tool for preventing bullying and building self-esteem.
The video is hosted by children from the video, who narrate
each scene. The visual
is combined with narration and graphics that help explain
the particular rule. Each skill is demonstrated in more than one situation and
across environments. This is useful to children with Autism
because it helps with generalization
of the skill taught.
Graphics and music are used to make the video appealing to children with Autism.
Recommended for Ages 9-17.
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School psychologist and curriculum developer Dr. Erica Edelman writes the following
in the introduction to the corresponding Teaching Manual:
Bullying is happening every day in every school in every
corner of the world. What is bullying? How do you know whether
you are being bullied? Most importantly, what can you do about
Bullying happens when a student is harmed, again and again,
by another person or group of people. There is almost always
a difference in power between the bully and the victim; the
bully usually has greater physical or psychological strength
than the victim.
Bullying can come in the following forms: hitting, kicking,
destroying property, teasing, name-calling, using racial or
religious slurs, excluding someone from a group, spreading
rumors and sending false or threatening emails or messages.
Bullying is not a regular part of growing up. It is a very
serious problem. If you are the subject of bullying and you
don't get help, you may become very sad, worried and down
If you are being bullied, there are trusted adults who can
help you. Talking to your parents, teacher, guidance counselor,
clergy, or coach is not tattling; it is problem-solving. It
is not your fault that you are being bullied. Don't try to
handle this all by yourself.
Model Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention™ will give you
some good ideas about how to make yourself as strong as you
can be. The lessons will give you ideas for filling your toolbox
with a variety of tools to use every day at school, at home,
and in your community. Then, if a bully appears in your corner
of the world, you will be able to pull out strategies that
work and you will know just what to do.
- Erica Edelman, Ph.D.
Dr. Edelman received her B.S. from Cornell University, her
M.A. from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from the University
of Maryland School of Psychology. She has worked as a staff
psychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Since 1991,
Dr. Edelman has worked for the public school systems conducting
evaluations, engaging in differential diagnosis, overseeing
intervention plans, advocating for children's rights, training
psychology interns, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams,
counseling staff and families. For the past 11 years, she
has specialized in working with young children with complex
developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders,
sensory difficulties, communication disorders, and learning
disorders within an early intervention program setting. In
addition, Dr. Edelman maintains a private practice focused
on psychoeducational evaluation of young children with special
Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention Topics Include:
- Peer Pressure
- Choosing Friends
- Building Strengths
- Positive Self-Talk
- Stay With Others
- Telling Isn't Tattling
- Walk Tall
- Group Discussion: children share experiences of being picked
on and how they handled it.