Skills Training: Suggestions for Video Use
See our DVD: Practical Strategies for Using Video Modeling for
Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism.
Watch and Explain: The videos are intended as a teaching tool, to
be used as another means of illustrating the targeted skills.
It is recommended that you stay near the child so that you
can explain and answer questions, and take an active role
in teaching using the videos as support. Watching the video
with the child will help demonstrate the rules both visually
and with narration. You may want to start by focusing on the
skills in one or two chapters at a time, depending on the
abilities of the particular child.
the DVD menu:
The dvd menu divides the dvd into chapters. Each chapter is
a unique skill. The layout of the dvd menu makes it easy to
target one skill at a time. The DVD menus look like this:
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Menu With Narration:
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Teach Visually: Each scene lasts between 30 seconds and 3 minutes, depending
on the chapter. At the end of each chapter is a storyboard
with the rules demonstrated and photos illustrating the rule
laid out in story form.
Under each storyboard photo are the rules related to the
particular social skill.
Sample Social Skills Storyboards from "Model
Me Friendship" Chapter: Interests
Find Friend With Common Interests
Talk About The Interest
Do Things Together We Both Like
Sample Social Skills Storyboards from "Model Me Conversation
Cues" Chapter: Maintain Conversation
Add A Comment
Ask A Question
Follow Along (nod, laugh, comment)
You may print out the storyboards for easy reference using
the photo CD included (free) with the video. Or show them
as a slideshow on the computer. They are useful for both social
skills training and testing knowledge of what was viewed in
Generalization: Due to the difficulty that
children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have in generalizing
skills, once a skill or rule is understood, it is important
to practice it in a "real world" environment.
Once the skill is mastered in a variety of settings, you
can move on to a new chapter while practicing and maintaining
the rules already learned.
Model Me Kids® products are sold for your personal entertainment
use only. They are not intended as a clinical tool.
More ideas for implementing the videos may be found in our DVD Model Me Training:
Practical Strategies for Using Video Modeling for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism.