Model Me Kids

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December, 2019

Model Me Kids® videos demonstrate Social Skills by modeling peer behaviour in multiple environments such as home, school and the playground. Real children model and narrate each skill. The DVDs are for children aged 2-17.

The DVDs are designed for children, adolescents, and teenagers with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, Social Anxiety, Learning Disabilities and Delays.

The DVDs have several different viewing features:

  • Viewing the Menu with Narration
  • Viewing the Menu without Narration
  • Some of the DVDs available:

  • Model Me Faces and Emotions™
  • Model Me Going Places™
  • Model Me Conversation Cues®
  • Model Me Friendship™
  • Model Me Tips and Tricks™
  • There are additional resources such as Teaching Manuals and Student Workbooks to help reinforce the concepts presented in the videos. The DVDs have visual supports that you are able to print to help reinforce the concepts taught.

    for more information, please go to modelmekids.com.

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    The Asperger’s Difference: A Film for and About Young People with Asperger Syndrome

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    November, 2019
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    Director: Jamey Wolff & Jane Nofer

    The Asperger’s Difference: A Film for and About Young People with Asperger Syndrome features three individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) discussing their experiences, strengths, and challenges associated with having a diagnosis of ASD.

    The film is designed for adolescents and young adults and is supplemented with a study guide. It can be viewed individually or in groups, while the study guide aims to meet individual needs. It may be viewed without a facilitator, or parents and/or educators may choose to deliver the film. It can also act as a great peer awareness exercise for same-age typically developing peers. It is meant to empower young adults and foster self-confidence and self-advocacy.

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    Ami Klin: A new way to diagnose autism

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    October, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    TED Talks

    Autism spectrum disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. The diagnosis of ASD has relied on measures delivered by trained psychologists and clinicians; no blood or medical test currently exists. However, Ami Klin and his colleague Warren Jones have developed eye tracking technology to diagnose individuals at an earlier age. This Ted Talk, delivered by Klin, gives insight to the development of their technology.

    Please note: current ASD rate are now 1 in 68

    You can find it here: https://www.ted.com/talks/ami_klin_a_new_way_to_diagnose_autism

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    How I learned to communicate my inner life with Asperger’s

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    September, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    TED

    Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex developmental disorder affecting an individual’s ability to socially interact, communicate, and increases the likelihood that they engage in repetitive behaviours or have restricted interests. To date, there are more boys diagnosed with ASD than girls.

    In this TED, Alix Generous describes her life with Asperger’s in a humorous way and the challenges it brought her in the school setting. This impactful video demonstrates the complexities of ASD, and to be mindful of these differences and how they can affect communication.

    Alix describes ASD as a challenge but also a gift that allows her to think innovatively which ultimately helped her become a successful business woman.

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    The Horse Boy

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    August, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    Michel Orion Scott (Director)

    The Horse Boy records the journey of a 5-year old boy with autism and his parents as they travel across the world to Mongolia in search of shamanic healing. Rowan was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Although Rowan has an extraordinary relationship with animals and becomes deeply relaxed when on the back of his neighbour’s old horse, he is isolated from peers and has difficulty communicating with people. Rowan’s inconsolable tantrums are described as neurologically-based.

    Experts in the field of autism, including Temple Grandin, Simon Baron-Cohen, and Roy Richard Grinker (et al.) share their views on autism, its impact on the family and the importance of seeing autism as a form of diversity and learning how to live with it in our society.

    This film is not about finding a cure, but rather about finding a way into the life of a child with autism by understanding the child’s unique personality, interests and strengths.

    This 93-minute movie is available through Amazon (www.amazon.ca) and is eligible for free shipping.

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    Aspergers are us

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    July, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    Alex Lehmann

    Aspergers Are Us is a documentary about a group of four friends with ASD, who formed a comedy troupe. They prepare for a final show before going in different directions continuing their journey through adulthood. This inspiring story shows people with ASD can develop friendships, achieve higher education, and have a meaningful quality of life.

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    9th Planet Autism Social Skills Videos

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    June, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    9th Planet, LLC

    The 9th Planet presents a series of engaging and relatable social skills videos using a science fiction them. As described on the website, “the short videos tell the story of Tad Shy, a fictional character from another planet who is learning to take care of himself, find a job, and develop relationships on a planet populated by socially-minded ‘neurotypicals.’”

    Videos are presented across two DVDs, or conversations; each video is only a few minutes in length and presents the “do’s” and “don’ts” of specific social scenarios, as indicated below:

    • Conversation I: Saying hello, eye contact, personal space, voice volume, asking a question, and joining a conversation.
    • Conversation II: Daily hygiene, taking a message, making a call, recognizing sarcasm, complimenting others, and empathetic listening.

    Each video includes User Guides containing the shooting scripts and suggested discussion questions and activities. There is also a Companion Video Behaviour Modeling Course available for purchase associated with each DVD that includes lesson plans and a Capstone Project, through which students write and produce their own social skills video model. This resource is best suited for students Grade 5 and older; it is typically used in a small group setting but can be effective as an individual or class-wide intervention as well.

    This resource is available on the 9th Planet website: http://www.9thplanet.org/index.html. Videos can be downloaded directly from the site or ordered as a DVD.

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    Carina Morillo: To understand Autism, don’t look away

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    May, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    TEDX

    Carina is a mother of a child diagnosed with ASD. She describes the struggles she felt when her child was losing his language and ability to maintain eye contact. Carina realized once she started engaging with her son in his preferred activities, she felt real connections, and began building his joint attention skills. She also did this by connecting with her son using pictures.

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    The Invisible Wall: Autism

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    March, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    Stephen Eder

    This 50-minute documentary provides a “good, bad, and ugly” presentation of Autism. Some segments, particularly in the beginning of the film, give a bleak view of the lives of children with Autism and their families. In other segments, the talents of people with Autism are presented. Another segment shows how, with appropriate supports, adults with Autism have come to lead full and meaningful adult lives, and so the film also provides a hopeful view of Autism, as well

    While some of the information in this DVD would be considered outdated, It does provide a general overview of some of the brain differences related to Autism, and some of the research that was occurring at the time of the documentary (and still continues now).

    The film features some familiar faces in the field including Ivar Lovaas, Temple Grandin and Eric Courchesne.

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    A Mile in his Shoes

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    February, 2019
    DVD Author: 
    William Dear, Director

    Based on a novel, this story takes place in Ohio during 1948. A young boy named Mickey, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, is asked to play for a semi-professional baseball team after a coach discovers his pitching talent. Mickey is torn whether he should stay to help the family farm or leave with the coach to play baseball. The film shadows Mickey through his transformation and growth into a young man who makes his own decisions and his influence on the other team members.

    The film accurately depicts a person on the higher end of the autism spectrum. Mickey has difficulty with pragmatic language, has a keen interest in mathematics and numbers, does not accept change to routines, and experiences sensitivity to loud noises.

    Overall, the film does a good job portraying the autism spectrum. It is remarkable to watch how Mickey perceives and interacts with the world. Also, it is encouraging that his team, coaches, and family finally accept and celebrate his differences at the end of the film.

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