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.

With narration: In the first half of the video, the visual is combined with narration and graphics that help explain the particular rule.

Without narration: In the second half of the video, the same video is repeated without narration and graphics. This allows a parent, Autism teacher, or therapist to customize the lesson the individual child and/or to test what was learned in the first viewing of the video.

Each skill is demonstrated in more than one situation and across environments. This is useful to children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome because it helps with generalization of the skill taught.

Graphics and music are used to make the video appealing, and a high production value helps keep the child's interest so that he or she will want to watch many times.

Recommended for Ages 9-17.
Run Time: Approx. 63 min.

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social skills curriculumTeaching Manuals & Student Workbooks
Extra teaching resources for use with the videos: A Teaching Manual with lesson plans and progress charts. A social skills workbook with worksheets and activities.


Teachers: Use to build a social skills curriculum.
Parents: Use to structure home-based instruction and reinforce skills presented in the videos.
Sold separately from the videos.

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School psychologist Dr. Erica Edelman writes the following in the introduction to the 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 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.

Model Me Confidence™ Sample Scenes:









Using Positive Reinforcement to Teach Social Skills

Reinforcing appropriate behavior is one way to promote acquisition of social skills. When the desired behavior is exhibited, immediate reward will reinforce the behavior and make it more likely to occur again in the future. For example, the child is asked to greet a friend at the door at the beginning of a playdate. The child says "hello." Immediately, a pat on the back or "good job saying hello" whispered in the ear is given to reward the appropriate social interaction. Examples of types of reinforcement include:

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