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Model Me 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:

Talking About Bullying

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 it?

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

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 on yourself.

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 needs.

 
Model Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention™ Topics Include:

- Self-Advocacy
- Peer Pressure
- Choosing Friends
- Building Strengths
- Visualization
- Positive Self-Talk
- Scripting
- Stay With Others
- Telling Isn't Tattling
- Walk Tall
- Group Discussion: children share experiences of being picked on and how they handled it.