Talkabout DVD: Social Communication Skills

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November, 2013
DVD Author: 
Alex Kelly

This DVD is intended to be used by teachers or therapists who are running social skills groups. It is not intended as a replacement to the social skills group but as an additional resource to be used within the group setting to help bring different social skills to life. It would be very useful for social skills groups in which there is one facilitator and therefore difficult-to-model social interactions.

The Talkabout DVD contains acted scenarios for each skill being taught, modelling both appropriate and inappropriate social communication. It uses a variety of ages and settings to ensure relevance to a broad audience.

The DVD is accompanied by a booklet in which there is a description of each scenario, along with teacher/therapist prompts and questions to guide group discussion.

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Talkabout DVD Social Communication Skills

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October, 2013
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Alex Kelly

This DVD is intended to be used by teachers or therapists who are running social skills groups. It is not intended as a replacement to the social skills group but as an additional resource to be used within the group setting to help bring different social skills to life. It would be very useful for social skills groups in which there is one facilitator and therefore difficult to model social interactions.

The Talkabout DVD contains acted scenarios for each skill being taught, modelling both appropriate and inappropriate social communication. It uses a variety of ages and settings to ensure relevance to a broad audience. The DVD is accompanied by a booklet in which there is a description of each scenario along with teacher/therapist prompts and questions to guide group discussion.

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Talkabout DVD Social Communication Skills

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October, 2013
DVD Author: 
Alex Kelly

This DVD is intended to be used by teachers or therapists who are running social skills groups. It is not intended as a replacement to the social skills group but as an additional resource to be used within the group setting to help bring different social skills to life. It would be very useful for social skills groups in which there is one facilitator and therefore difficult to model social interactions.

The Talkabout DVD contains acted scenarios for each skill being taught, modelling both appropriate and inappropriate social communication. It uses a variety of ages and settings to ensure relevance to a broad audience. The DVD is accompanied by a booklet in which there is a description of each scenario along with teacher/therapist prompts and questions to guide group discussion.

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Strategies for Organization: Preparing for Homework and the Real World

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September, 2013
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with Michelle Winner, produced by Jake Bosmeijer, directed by Laurel Hoekman

In this 3 hour lecture captured in 2 disks with an accompanying booklet, Michelle Winner describes, in detail, 10 practical steps to help teach organization to students with Autism and other social-communication deficits.

The premise of this DVD set is that these skills are not taught directly at school, but some students (particularly those with social deficits) will require direct systematic instruction to learn organization. The skills suggested apply directly to school work, but can also generalize to organization in work settingsl. Michelle covers information on breaking tasks down, preparing the environment, and motivation, to name a few. This DVD set is packed with strategies and interventions, and would be a useful guide for parents and special educators alike.

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Autism is a World

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August, 2013
DVD Author: 
Gerardine Wurzburg

This 40-minute documentary was originally made for TV. It is an autobiographical account of Autism.

Sue Rubin is a woman with Autism with significant communication and motor impairments. In this documentary, she shares her unique experiences as a child who was unable to communicate until given an assistive technology device. Prior to having a method of communication, Sue had been considered severely cognitively challenged. After developing a formal communication system, Sue was able to demonstrate her abilities. At the time of the documentary, she was attending college.

Sue not only wrote the documentary, but also plays herself in the production. Despite her abilities, she requires assistance to live on her own and attend school. This film, which was nominated for an Academy Award, reminds us of the skill discrepancies we may see in individuals with Autism, and how we should never assume anything.

For a preview, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1wsiVYCqn0

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Making Our Way: Autism

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June, 2013
DVD Author: 
Dan Lambert, producer

The 56 minute documentary, featuring Temple Grandin and Deb Lipsky, provides an overview of Autism presented from the perspective of adults with Autism, the family of a child with Autism, professionals, and researchers.

This video covers a range of topics including developmental differences, supports and therapies, what happens when children with autism get lost, and biomedical research. This video could be used to provide families or schools an overview of the issues faced by individuals with Autism and their families. It also provides many examples of the strengths of individuals with ASD.

http://video.mpbn.net/video/2164360748/

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Growing Up Social

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May, 2013
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Michelle Garcia Winner

In this 2 DVD set, Michelle Garcia Winner presents a workshop on social development and interventions for students with social-thinking disorders.

In the first 60-minute DVD, Michelle defines social skills and discusses their typical development across childhood. She also explores how problems with social thinking impact expectations and outcomes in school and across the lifespan. In the second DVD (also 60 minutes), Michelle discusses treatment principles that she believes should guide social skills instruction for children with social impairments. She includes four guiding principles that may be used to guide intervention in the areas of social thinking and communication. This DVD is ideal for professionals (and parents) who are working on social skills with high-functioning individuals with ASD. This DVD set provides a solid foundation on which social skills interventions can be based and will be helpful in assisting those who are teaching social skills, by providing a framework to follow when teaching.

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Vectors of Autism: A film about being an adult with Autism in a world that is definitely not autistic.

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April, 2013
DVD Author: 
Susan Marks, Producer
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John Schaffer, Director

This 50 minute DVD presents an interesting autobiographical look at Laura Nagle, an adult living with Autism. In this video, Autism is shown from the perspective of neuro-diversity rather than disability. That is, Laura offers a frank discussion of how people with Autism may be different from others - both physically (due to differences in brain structures) and in the way that they process information from the world around them – but she focuses on their abilities and special talents, rather than their disabilities. The DVD also contains 3 extra segments – a 5 minute stand-up act featuring Laura’s offbeat humour, a slide show of Laura’s art, and Laura’s alternative definition of autism. Closed captioning and video describe options are available for individuals with hearing and visual impairments.

For a preview see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilqVhs27iuE
You an also go to http://www.lauranagle.net

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Manners for the Real World: Basic Social Skills

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March, 2013
DVD Author: 
Coulter Video

This 44-minute DVD highlights basic social skills and manners that are typical in North American culture.

The skills range from basic (such as how close to stand to someone) to more advanced (how to sit down at the table when invited for dinner).

This matter-of-fact presentation provides children and adults with video models showing what to do and what not to do in a number of social situations. It also provides factual reasons about why polite routines are used and are necessary. Though the information provided is good for a number of ages, the models are most suitable to teenagers or young adults.

Topics covered include personal hygiene, conversations, introductions, using telephones, cell phones, messaging, table manners, good manners between men and women (chivalry); manners in public, being a host and being a guest. The video is broken into segments which allows one segment to be examined at a time. This video covers an extensive range of manners that will help students who struggle in social situations, and would make a good supplement to a social skills program.

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Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently

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February, 2013
DVD Author: 
Dan Coulter

This 17 minute video on tolerance and understanding of others is directed at typical Elementary school-aged children. Unlike its forerunner, Intricate Minds II, this video does not focus specifically on individuals with Asperger’s, but rather on the challenges faced by individuals with a number of neurobiological conditions, like Autism or Attention Deficit Disorders, who have difficulty with social communication. The video opens with a description of famous people who have faced the social challenges. It also provides illustrations and descriptions from students themselves of the issues they face. Issues covered range from social-communication and information processing difficulties to sensory challenges. As well as exploring these issues, this video also reminds viewers that individuals with challenges also have strengths. Some advice for typical peers on how to be good friends to individuals facing social challenges is also presented. This video would be a helpful component of a sensitivity training program, for use by a teacher or a parent who does not wish to disclose a student’s diagnosis.

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