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  1. Get Your Movie On! Using Film, Video and DVD resources to teach Social Learning. Heather Knox, LISW Social Learning Albuquerque www.sociallearningabq.webs.com

  2. Good Morning! • Who am I and Who are you? • School Social worker for 15+ years • Private Practitioner for 10ish years. • Lots of experience working with kids on the Autism Spectrum both in schools and in Private Practice…

  3. Social Story for Today • Today we are going to learn about using movies, TV shows, video social stories and video”taping” to help our clients with Autism. • To do this, Ms. Knox is going to show us lots of movie clips! Yay! • Ms. Knox only has 1 DVD drive. She will have to change disks frequently. • When she does this, we might be bored. That is OK. We can use that time to daydream, take a mental break, think of our question, or make a lesson plan. • When we are all patient, we can get to the movie fun faster and feel better! • Ms. Knox and our seatmates appreciate us using our skills to handle “a boring moment.”

  4. Assumptions • You are familiar with DSM IV characteristics of Autism. • You have students/clients with Autism you’ve worked with. • You have some way to show a movie! (Computer, projector, DVD player, etc.)

  5. Evidence Based Practices • Visual “channel” is the most effective • SLOW it down • Repetition, Repetition, Repetition • It needs to be FUN!

  6. Overview • Part I: Watch and Learn. Using TV shows and Movies. • Part II: Use your Tools! Commercially available resources-Social Stories, etc. • Part III: Be a Director/Producer--Make your own “Movies!”

  7. I. Watch and LearnUsing Movies & TV shows • Why do it? • Its FUN! A social event to teach social skills? Hard area– fun makes it easier. • Teaching social skills is hard, make it fun for YOU too. • “Freeze Frame” • “Instant Replay.”

  8. Using TV shows • Easier because they are shorter.. • “Big Bang Theory” is a favorite. • Thomas the Tank Engine • Sesame Street (videos on website too) • Others??

  9. Big Bang Theory • The Friendship Algorithm • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7j7E7J3f6E • Who doesn’t love Sheldon? • Make a tough subject more FUN.. • Exaggerated problems help make things visible…

  10. Movies! • Meet the Robinsons • Cars • Harry Potter Movies • Temple Grandin • Others?

  11. Other Educational • TED talks – • On Autism– Temple Grandin • YouTube videos

  12. How to Use it • Carefully Select the scene • Perhaps a scene related to a present challenge • Things that go well…. And that don’t. • Choose a section with a message you want conveyed (my favorite…)

  13. Deconstructing… • Pause to see.. What is his face saying? • What is s/he thinking? • What do they think will happen next? • What will happen next? • Who knows what? (tracking perspective) • Self talk—what is it? Will it help? • Actions/Reactions… Cause and Effect

  14. Its Okay… • To use movies they’ve seen. In fact, its better! No distraction “what happens next… how will it end?” • To use the same clip for 2 different lessons. • To use the same clip for a few weeks, to look at things deeply.

  15. Tips • Watch to get the time scene and time stamp. Write it down! • Make sure its “clean” or you know what to skip! • Lend the movie to the teacher or parent (if possible) so it can be watched again. • Put a Post-it with time stamp in the DVD case. • Write # of episodes on DVD itself, along with content flags “Friendship algorithm..”

  16. II. Be the Curator—Using Available materials • My School Day- Elementary school. • School Rules-Various scenes of a school day—for Middle and High school students. • Model Me Kids. • Playtime with Zeebu.

  17. Advantages: • Can be done in therapy, and then watched again and again in class • Can be lent to teacher or parent (carefully) • Even if you are sick, tired, overworked, the quality is the same • Oh, and…. Kids enjoy it! It’s a video game! • VISUAL!!!

  18. “My School Day” • Useful for Elementary Age students • Various levels from very easy (whats wrong with this picture) to harder (inferencing..) • http://www.socialskillbuilder.com/socialskills/school_day_demo/video_player.html

  19. “School Rules” • Middle and High School • For many different levels of students • Scenes from Middle and High school, can discuss answers they give, really check their perception of things…

  20. Model Me Kids • Younger & Lower functioning students • Many videos: http://modelmekids.com/autism-videos.html • Time for School • Time for a Playdate • I Can Do It! • MM Conversation Cues • MM Friendship • MM Tips & Tricks • MM Confidence & Bullying Prevention • MM Organization & Motivation • MM Faces & Emotions • MM Going Places • Software: Practicing Conversation

  21. Playtime With Zeebu • For lower functioning or younger students. • Very simple, singing and rhyming. • Topics: sharing, taking turns, playing together, calming oneself to solve a problem, asking for help, looking at each other, being near each other, others have different thoughts than we do. • Has a book of companion worksheets.

  22. You are a Social Detective • “Computer game” from the school of Social Thinking • Uses many of the same vignettes from “My School Day.” • Fun! A great review, opportunity to check the understanding of higher functioning kids.

  23. III Be the Director! Make your own Movies

  24. Informal: • Videotape a conversation • Videotape an activity • Deconstruct—what worked? What didn’t? • Where are your eyes? • What does you body say?

  25. More Formal: Script/Action! • Control the subject matter/ lesson • Practice working in front of a camera • Perspective! What will THEY see? • Think about the audience. • Practice planning, working together, articulating. • OWN the lesson! Pride in work! • Recording and repeating a positive experience.

  26. DIY Ideas • Read or watch a social story—now do it with your own personal characters. • What would you need to teach a new student coming to your school? • What do you think other people your age need to know? • Have a favorite student model a behavior for others.

  27. Important: • Get permission to video”tape.” • Be clear about where it will/won’t be shown, when and how it will be deleted. • Get permission to show movies (if its rated higher than G.)

  28. Other Resources: • Movie Time Social Learning • Various Levels of Social Thinkers • Different lessons for each level • Preselected clips and lesson plans www.socialthinking.com www.thegraycenter.org/social-stories

  29. Contact Me • Training, Supervision, Consultation, Social Learning Groups and individual sessions. • Heather Knox, LISW 505 362 0942 sociallearningabq@yahoo.com www.sociallearningabq.webs.com