Navigating the Social World

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April, 2012

A dynamic video workshop offering creative strategies for teaching social skills in fun ways!

This workshop will guide you through practical steps that can be used in school or at home to increase social awareness and teach social skills. It focuses on four (of seven) goal areas for building a model curriculum for students with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome:

  • Recognizing and Coping with Your Own Emotions
  • Stress Management
  • Social Skills and Pragmatics
  • Cognitive Issues

McAfee and her team of presenters and audience participants demonstrate many fun and easy-to-use strategies.

This DVD is over three hours long and includes an 80-page workbook. It accompanies McAfee’s book “Navigating the Social World: A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism & Related Disorders.”

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Exploring Feelings

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March, 2012
DVD Author: 
Dr. Tony Attwood

Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anxiety, Sadness, and Anger
People with autism and Asperger’s syndrome frequently have difficulty understanding the emotions of themselves and others, which can lead to feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. In this presentation, Dr. Tony Attwood teaches how we can implement cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to help people logically understand their emotional triggers and effectively cope with and their control emotions.

This 3 hour DVD is divided into three chapters:

  1. Chapter 1: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and the Assessment of Anxiety, Depression and Anger
  2. Chapter 2: Demystifying Emotion: Affective Education and Cognitive Restructuring
  3. Chapter 3: Creating an Emotional Management Toolbox

Other DVDs with Dr. Tony Attwood include the following:

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The Incredible 5-Point Scale

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December, 2011
DVD Author: 
Kari Dunn Buron, Mitzi Curtis

The Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assisting students in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses.

In this DVD, the authors present the 5-point scale as a cognitive approach to increasing emotional control, social understanding and self-regulation. Through discussion and examples we see how elusive concepts can become concrete and visual using this approach.

The 5-point scale can be used in social skill groups, with whole classes, across ages and with almost any situation. Simply, the steps to intervention include:

  • Defining the behaviour/emotion,
  • Writing a story at the student’s level and sharing it on a one-to-one basis
  • Breaking the concept or emotion into 5 levels- defining each level
  • Discussing, from the student’s perspective, how it looks and feels at each levell
  • Helping the student determine what to do to reduce his/her level
  • Using the scale to alleviate a problem in context and teaching the student how to self-rate

The authors describe how an anxiety curve can be used to increase perspective taking, outlining the role of the adult at each level and presenting key points for successful intervention.

This 22 minute DVD is available through Amazon (www.amazon.ca) and accompanies the book “The Incredible 5-Point Scale, Assisting students with autism spectrum disorders in understanding social interactions and controlling their emotional responses (Dunn Buron and Curtis, 2003).

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day

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November, 2011
DVD Author: 
Michelle Garcia Winner

This two-part set is intended to assist parents and professionals in teaching ‘social thinking’™ and related skills to students with cognitive deficits.

In Part 1, Michelle presents her I LAUGH framework, a six-point model of social cognition. Michelle draws on personal experience to define concepts and provides strategies for assisting these students.

Part 2 demonstrates Michelle working with both elementary and high school students in individual and group sessions. Some of the lessons demonstrated include:

  • Expected and unexpected behaviours in a group
  • Good Thoughts / Bad Thoughts
  • Is your body in the group or out of the group?
  • Thinking with eyes
  • Memory Files
  • Conversation Tree
  • Conversation Road
  • Bridging Topics

This DVD set is available through www.socialthinking.com or www.amazon.com. Each part is 2 hours long.

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Living the Smart Life

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October, 2011
DVD Author: 
AbleLink Technologies

Living the Smart Life demonstrates how technology can assist people with cognitive and developmental disabilities live their adult lives with greater independence.

Living the Smart Life features an individual with a cognitive disability who, with the help of technology and his faithful retriever, Rita, lives an independent and integrated life in the community. The video demonstrates how access to appropriate supports can result in greater self-determination for an adult with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

This 15 minute DVD is available at no charge (plus $12 shipping and handling fee) through www.ablelinktech.com.

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Temple Grandin, A View from the Inside

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September, 2011
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Temple Grandin A View from the Inside
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Rupert Isaacson's son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism and he decided to learn everything he could about the condition. The family went on a journey to Mongolia, which resulted in Rupert’s best selling book and movie, “Horse Boy”.

Rupert went to Colorado to meet with Dr. Temple Grandin to try and understand how autism feels from the inside. In this interview, she speaks to Rupert about autism and her experiences growing up and going through life with the condition. She explains the way she thinks and how thinks make her feel.

Temple Grandin answers the questions that every parent or person with a family member on the spectrum wants to ask.

During the summer months, our monthly DVD reviews will be repeats from the school year. Our monthly DVD reviews will return in September.

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Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum

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August, 2011
DVD Author: 
Dan Coulter, Director

This DVD contains four programs for siblings of children on the autism spectrum and their parents. Each program covers a range of challenges and strengths of people with ASD and describes techniques siblings can use to get along and support each other.

There are four programs on the DVD:
Program One: Features puppets and explains ASD to siblings who are ages 4 through 7 years. Length: 7 minutes
Program Two: Includes interviews with siblings and narration-for siblings from ages 7 through 12 years. Length: 25 minutes
Program Three: Includes interviews with siblings and narration-for siblings from age 12 years through to adulthood. Length: 27 minutes
Program Four: Includes interviews with parents of children on the autism spectrum and narration-for parents. Length: 35 minutes

During the summer months, our monthly DVD reviews will be repeats from the school year. Our monthly DVD reviews will return in September.

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Temple Grandin, A View from the Inside

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June, 2011
DVD Author: 
Temple Grandin
DVD Author: 
Rupert Isaacson
Temple Grandin   A View from the Inside

Rupert Isaacson's son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism and he decided to learn everything he could about the condition. The family went on a journey to Mongolia, which resulted in Rupert’s best selling book and movie, “Horse Boy”.

Rupert went to Colorado to meet with Dr. Temple Grandin to try and understand how autism feels from the inside. In this interview, she speaks to Rupert about autism and her experiences growing up and going through life with the condition. She explains the way she thinks and how thinks make her feel.

Temple Grandin answers the questions that every parent or person with a family member on the spectrum wants to ask.

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At The Gates of Autism: Emerging into LIfe

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May, 2011

This video provides an opportunity to hear a person with autism discuss her condition and how she deals with life. Dr. Grandin offers many insights into the motivations behind autistic behaviour and how parents, teachers, and therapists can better work with autistic children. (59 mins.)

Dr. Grandin is an expert in animal behaviour, designing livestock handling facilities and teaches as an assistant professor at Colorado State University.

To purchase this video, please click here: http://ffh.films.com/id/4977/At_the_Gates_of_Autism_Emerging_into_Life.htm

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Model Me Kids, Organization and Motivation

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April, 2011

Model Me Kids, Organization and Motivation was developed for children with:

  • Autism
  • Aspergers
  • PDD-NOS
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorders
  • Social Anxiety
  • Learning Disabilities and Delays

Children model skills for staying organized and persisting.

1. Do My Best
2. Planning Ahead
3. Being On Time
4. Note-Taking
5. Organization
6. Persistence
7. Break it Down
8. Flexibility
9. Focus
10. The Big Picture
11. Memorization
12. Mistakes

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