AuthorBrittany Lehane

October’s New Social Skills Video Lessons from Everyday Speech

October’s Newest Videos Focus on Playground Skills

Cal and I at Everyday Speech spent a lot of time this summer thinking about new types of videos to film and add to your libraries. Something that’s really important to us is to always evolve and add more to your libraries. Some important categories we are adding this school year are:

Playground Social Skills

Self Esteem Skills

Hygiene Skills

In October, we bring to you new video lessons for skills on the playground. Stay posted during the next couple months as we roll out the new videos for the topics mentioned above.

Joining a Group Playing

In the first of our playground series we show how to join a group who is in the middle of a game. Our main character Julie sees a group playing and jumps in but she forgets to ask and ends up totally interrupting the game!

We teach that interrupting doesn’t make other people feel good because they may not be ready. Give the group an opportunity to fit you in the game rather than taking over or interrupting. This way everyone will have good thoughts!

Why It’s Fun To Play With Others

In this video we go over the why’s and how’s of friendship:

Why having friends is good for us and how do we actually make friends.

We teach that friends can make us feel better, give us confidence, and help us in lots of ways. To teach the how’s we use our golden rules:

Ask to play

Think About what have in common

Observe group with your eyes

Be flexible

The videos break down and give examples of every step as well as explains the importance behind them all.

Participating

Our Participating video teaches what it means to be part of the group. It’s not enough to be near the group. To participate, you take part in the action. You make comments, ask questions, and follow the group’s actions. If everyone is playing a card game, you play too. If everyone is giving high fives you give some too.

We show Christine standing near the group but not she’s actively involved in game. This makes the others feel confused and upset. Eventually she learns how to participate with the group!

Being Fair

There are many rules in play that are implicit or known without being taught. These can include fairness, waiting your turn, and how to play with others. 

In our Being Fair video, Julie takes Andrew’s turn while he was waiting for the swing. She learns that this is not fair by seeing it from his side. Many of our new videos work on perspective taking so we’ve made a fun new logo to teach the concept:

 

Playground Conflict Resolution

In this last playground video, we teach the skills of conflict resolution. We focus on teaching cooperation, perspective taking, and working together. In our video Christine is not cooperating with Andrew and Chris. They are both seeing the situation from their side. If they worked together and cooperated, they could probably solve this problem without any hurt feelings. 

As usual we love to hear from you! We’re always creating new videos and activities so let us know what you’re looking for on TwitterPinterest, or Facebook! Check out our free videos on YouTube too!

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New Social Skills Video Lessons for Back to School!!!

It’s that time again, back to school! We’re all feeling the rush and excitement of new students, new caseloads, possibly even new positions (in my case!). This fall I will be starting at a private practice specializing in social skills and I could not be more excited!

We’ve also been busy over the summer filming all of the new video lessons that will be added to your libraries this 2016-17 school year. We have some really cool new topics and styles of videos that we can’t wait to share!

For September, we’ll be putting out 6 new videos and as usual I’m going to tell a little about each one below. The topics are Using Social Media, Going to a Birthday Party, Shifting the Conversation Topic, Making Connected Comments, Making a Plan, and Solving a Problem. Most of these are in the newer How-to style, which teaches one skill in a how-to video format. Read on to take a peek at the latest video lessons for September!

Using Social Media

This video is one of our social shorts, which is a shorter version of the usual lessons. We have received many requests for tools to go over social media use for teens so we decided to start making some lessons to cover this topic! This is a huge area to cover so we wanted to start with some basic social rules for using social media.

This video goes over who to talk to so teens stay safe. We stress the stranger rule, making sure we only talk with people we know. We also review what to say, using the think- it or say- it rule. If you aren’t sure what to post, consider if this is something you should keep in your head or think, versus something that is okay to say out loud. You wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings so using a social filter is important! Lastly, we talk about what to post– making sure we are careful with pictures we post. Once people see things on the internet you cannot get it back or have it unseen. There are so many tricky areas when using the internet for all teens so I’m sure we will have plenty of videos on this topic!

Going to a Birthday Party

This video is another social short that goes over what to do now that you’ve been invited to a birthday party. This is really nice for younger students who are going to parties for peers in their class. We want to teach all the different friendship skills that go into an event like a party.

We show our main character getting an invitation and go through all of the following steps with her. She looks at the invitation and makes sure she can attend. Next she has to RSVP, an important aspect of social life. After she confirms that she will go, she needs to get a gift and card. We show how she thinks about the person and what they like when thinking of a present. Birthday parties are great jumping off points for social skills activities because they work on many things like executive function and planning skills, and many many social skills! Also they’re relatable because everyone has either been to and/or had one!

Making Connected Comments

Making Connected Comments has been of our most popular videos for younger students so wanted to make a version to use with older middle to high school students! This video teaches the same concept of making comments that connect back to what the other person in the conversation has said. We show the reaction of others who will be very confused if the comments are not connected by the same topic. To help us teach this concept, we use the animated graphics of puzzle pieces. We learn that our comments have to fit together just like puzzle pieces.

A nice thing about having multiple versions of videos that teach the same concept are being able to use both! They teach the same concept, but show slightly different situations.You could watch both videos in one lesson and discuss the different ways the characters either did or did not use this skill. This helps students see how to apply the skills in different ways! They also come with two different worksheets, doubling the material for this concept. Bonus!

Solving a Problem

This video is another How-to video, focusing on the steps to take when solving a problem. We watch as Mike applies each step to his problem of having two plans in the same night. He learns the following steps: identifying the problem, figuring out if it is big or small, coming up with three possible solutions, selecting the best one to try,  and observing to see if the problem is solved.

I like the idea of having a problem solving checklist so students can be more independent when solving problems. They can check each step off the list and even if they aren’t 100% independent in each one they have somewhere to start. Groups can use this video as a jumping off point to work on problem solving. Each student can be given a situation with a problem to solve and can apply this checklist. Then the group can all discuss how they would handle each step and come to a solution. You can also pair or group students to practice working together!

Making a Plan

Making a Plan follows our how-to video format. We go over all of the steps involved when forming a plan to hang out with friends. This is always one of my favorite group activities because we rarely realize how complicated it actually is!

 Our characters show the following steps. Deciding what to do when hanging out- making sure everyone is involved and will have fun and not just choosing what one person likes to do. Figuring out when to do it-discussing when everyone is free, what day and time works best, etc. Finding out how to get there– making plans for a ride with parents or with friends. We stress that we make these plans together which is a really important friendship skill.

Listening to Other’s Ideas

This video shows how it will make others feel if you do not listen to their ideas. It takes place in a group setting where three classmates are working together to come up with an idea. Jeff has strong opinions and is not willing to work with the group. This in turn makes his peers feel upset. When we show the resolved version, we focus on how it can be helpful to listen to others. You can make it easier on yourself and find some great ideas when you are open to listening to others.  Jeff learns that when we work together we can use all of the ideas to make an even better one! Follow up activities could be the therapist gives the group a topic to discuss or a task and asks them to work together.

As always all of these videos include a worksheet to review the concepts and give more ways to practice! We are always adding to our collections so feel free to tell us what you’d like to see! We have some exciting ideas to share this year, including monthly videos added to your library, additional types of materials to use, and a video lab where we experiment with new video lesson styles on YouTube! Look out for these new additions from us and tell us what you think on TwitterPinterest, or Facebook!

Brand New Social Skills Videos for June!

Hey guys! Hope everyone is feeling the excitement of summer approaching! I know I am as soon as we feel those first warm days. We’re hoping you can use this fresh batch of social skill videos in your last days of treatment. We all know how students get antsy as the summer approaches so grab their attention by using fun videos!

What are They Thinking About?

Our first new video What are They Thinking About focuses on the skill of observation. Observing others is such a useful tool and helps students pick up on other’s thoughts and feelings! In this video we teach how to observe by looking at another person’s eyes to see what they are looking at. This gives you a big clue as to what they are thinking about!

In our video Christine is looking at her computer screen with a frustrated look. At first Andrew thinks she doesn’t want to talk but when he observes Christine closer he understands that she is frustrated with the computer, not with him! Students can practice this skill with our use along worksheet. We give some examples of situations with a clue and students have to guess what each person is thinking about!

Washing Hands

The Washing Hands video is another Social Short. These are quick clips that focus on one clear cut skill at a time and model how to do it. This one focuses on washing your hands! We have had a lot of requests for hygiene videos and are now starting to create more. Hygiene is a huge part of social behavior and can have negative social consequences if not followed in the appropriate way. One time as an exercise during a hygiene lesson a co-worker asked students to draw out what happens if we don’t have good hygiene. One student put it best by drawing a table full of kids and one table where the person with poor hygiene sat alone. Plain and simple, people will not want to be around you if you do not follow the hygiene rules!

Anyway, our video shows a student thinking about why he has to wash his hands. We wanted to point out why it is so important in a way that is meaningful to kids. In the video Bobby learns that we use our hands all the time and we can spread germs when we high five or share an object with another person. He goes through three different scenarios where it is important to wash your hands.

Getting a Bad Grade

This is another topic we got a lot of requests for so we decided to make a version for older students too. Older students can really benefit from this topic because if they make a scene in class over a bad grade it will have a big impact on how other’s think about them. As we get older big reactions to small problems affects the surrounding students even more. Younger students may be used to tantrums in the classroom but by high school crying and screaming in the class really stands out and makes other classmates feel uncomfortable. If our older students can learn to curb these meltdowns and some strategies to handle small problems, it can go a big way to helping them socially.

In this video we see Sarah fall apart as she gets a bad grade. We make sure to point out how the other students react to this. One student even mentions that the same thing happened to him but he’s not making a scene about it. As Sarah tries again she learns that she can talk to her teacher about the grade and finds a way to feel better.

Introducing Yourself to an Adult

This video is another Social Short modeling how students should introduce themselves to an adult. We point out that we way we talk and act around our peers can be very different from how we act around adults. Therefore, the way we introduce ourselves may be a little different too.

We go through all of the steps and focus on how and why we do these things. The why is so important because it can help students understand the importance and consequences of social skills. For example, we model shaking hands and talk about how this is usually done with adults. It may be strange for kids who are the same age to shake hands when they meet. The video also points out that hand shaking is quick and if we shake for too long it will make the other person feel uncomfortable. To wrap up it reviews all of the steps in order with words on the screen!

Hope you and your students enjoy using these new videos! As always they come with accompanying worksheets. Over the summer we will be filming more videos for next school year so let us know what you want to see! Reach out to us on TwitterPinterest, or Facebook!

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New Social Skill Video Lessons for May!

Accepting Criticism

We tried to accomplish two things with this video. One, we wanted to teach why people might criticize us. We show that the underlying reason is that they want to help you get better at something. Secondly, we wanted to show how to handle it. Yes- it does not feel good but if you freak out about it now you’ve created a separate problem.

In this video Sarah’s teacher helps her with a paper but all she hears is this is terrible and freaks out. We point out that Sarah has turned her small problem into bigger one. We teach that if you stay calm and think about the situation, you make this situation positive and even get better at something!

Acting Like a Friend

In this video, we show how it feels to be around a friend who doesn’t treat you well compared to how it feels to be around friends that make you feel good. We thought of the idea because a lot of parents have said their kids have trouble recognizing when they are being treated poorly or they think everyone is their friend. It takes all kids time to learn about friendships, especially because they can be complicated like all relationships.

Acting Like a Friend breaks down behaviors that good friends do such as listening, helping, and sharing as well as points out the signs that will help you tell when someone is not being a good friend. This video makes me excited because it can lead to more discussions such as what to do if someone isn’t being a good friend to you or how to know if you’re being a good friend. The self monitoring of one’s own actions to friends is just as important!

Keeping a Secret

Keeping a Secret was another really fun video to shoot! We wanted to show the consequences of breaking someone’s trust and chose a context that often causes a lot of drama in teen years; a school dance.

There are so many abstract ideas that are vital to friendships and trust is one of them. We wanted this video to be a tool to help students learn what trust is and why it’s important. This video can also be useful because there are so many great lessons that can spring from here such as when not to keep secrets, how to know if someone wants you to keep a secret, or what to do if someone tells you a secret.

Another thing I love about this topic is that it can lead to work on perspective taking- students can think about if they would want others to know their private thoughts or feelings or how they would feel if someone told one of their secrets.

Waiting Your Turn

Waiting Your Turn was a request we’ve been getting for a while. In this video Christine has a hard time waiting her turn to go to the board and we show how her actions impact the whole class. She has a tantrum and the rest of the class is disrupted and feels upset. We liked showing the other student’s reactions because it gives a consequence to her actions.

This video also teaches the tool of observing. Christine is feeling very upset that she has to wait her turn but when she looks around and sees that no one else is getting upset she realizes she needs to calm down. Students can use this tool in so many situations! If you’re ever unsure of what to do, just look around and follow the group!

That’s all for now! We’re looking forward and will be creating even more social skills video lessons this summer! If you have any topics you feel your students would love to see/ can learn from let us know on TwitterPinterest, or Facebook!

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Voice Typing in Google Docs-AT and SLP Applications!

Anyone who frequently uses Google Docs for work or personal use may want to check out their new Voice Typing feature. I use Google Docs all the time while working on my business or for personal use like planning my upcoming wedding. What I like most about Google Docs is the ability to easily share your work with others and how it automatically saves everything. As an avid user I was curious to learn about the voice dictation feature and how it could help students with diverse learning needs. Keep reading to see some of the things I found out.

What it is/How it Works

Voce Typing within Google Docs is a simple and straightforward speech to text tool that will turn the words you say into written text on the screen. It is new and therefore comes with some restrictions. It is only available in Google Docs so it can’t be used in other forms of Google Drive such as Spreadsheets and Slides. You also have to be using a Chrome web browser. For exact steps on how to use it, see below.

Voice Typing

Steps to Begin Using:

  1. Make sure your microphone is on.
  2. Open a document in Google docs (again you have to be using a Chrome web browser).
  3. Click ToolsVoice typing. A microphone box will pop up.
  4. To start the voice dictation, click the microphone. It will turn red while it listens to you.
  5. Speak as clearly as possible with your regular volume and pace.
  6. To finish, click on the microphone again.

How to Correct Mistakes:

  1. Don’t turn off the microphone but place the cursor on the mistake and say the word again.
  2. Move the cursor where you want to keep typing.
  3. You can also right-click on words underlined in gray to see a list of suggestions.

Voice Commands

There are a ton of voice commands you can use to edit such as formatting, spacing, or highlighting text; basically anything you would do while normally using Goggle Docs. Most of the commands are pretty basic, you simply say what you want to do such as “copy” or “delete”. I’ve put together a list of the commands I think would be used most often as a reference guide. To see a complete guide just click on help or if using voice dictation say, “Voice typing help”, “Voice commands list”, or “See all voice commands”.

  • Bold
  • Italicize
  • Underline
  • Text color [color]
  • Highlight
  • Decrease font size
  • Increase font size
  • Line spacing double
  • Line spacing single
  • Insert bullet
  • Insert number
  • To remove any format or effect simply say “Remove [effect] such as “Remove underline”
  • Copy
  • Cut
  • Paste
  • Delete
  • Delete last word

There are many more; essentially anything you would manually do using Goggle Docs has a voice command. These are just the ones I thought the majority of people, especially students, would be using most.

My experience using it/ How well does it hear you?

I tested it out without using any of my fancy microphones headsets that I have for telepractice. I wanted to see how most people would be using it. I was pretty surprised to see how well it picked up my voice and accurately typed what I was saying. This is a much easier tool to learn than some of the fancier software out there such as Dragon Dictation. I’ve found if a tool has a steep learning curve some students may not be motivated to use it. While this takes a little getting used to, it is overall pretty easy to use.

You do have to get used to talking in robot talk and speaking all of the punctuation. It doesn’t feel very natural at first to say “The Titanic was a cruise ship that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15th comma 1912 period”. I do think however after a short amount of time; you can get used to it. Another thing to look out for is ff you do not use the exact command for formatting you end up with the typed word instead of the action. A helpful tip is to give a long pause before you say a command. I found when I did not give enough of a pause, it wrote the command out instead of performing it. All in all, it is like any software you use; it takes some time to learn and it’s certainly not perfect but it can be a time saving tool.

Applications for Assistive Technology

So the big question is who can use and benefit from Voice Typing? First of all, anyone! If you’re a person who would much rather speak something out then type it up then this could be great for you. As a learning tool or even life tool I think this could be helpful for people with physical limitations that make typing difficult. I’ve worked with many students who struggle and spend hours writing reports due to disorders such as dyslexia, language delays, or executive function disorders who could use this tool. I always explain that AT tools are meant to aid not replace the students’ skills. This isn’t a tool that does a report for them, but it helps them do the work so they don’t have to struggle and spend double or triple the time that other students would spend on assignments.

Practical Ways to use Voice Dictation:

Finally, I’ve brainstormed some ways I think people could use this tool either in their academic, professional, or personal lives. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Writing emails-Use voice typing to write your email in a google doc and copy-paste it to your email.
  2. Making lists- You can use voice typing for any kind of list, as simple as grocery shopping.
  3. Writing assignments/reports for school or work
  4. Group projects- I loved using Google Docs in college for group projects because everyone could edit it together. To use the Voice Typing you would not be able to work in the same room as others because you need a quiet space, but you could work on it together remotely.
  5. Collaborate and leave feedback or comments for any work related project
  6. Organize your life (and documents)- Students can keep their notes, projects, and slides from classes or keep personal or professional info in these folders as well!
  7. Prepare for job interviews by keeping notes, resumes, cover letters, and interview prep material all in one folder!

Hope you guys found this info useful! Again note that unfortunately you can’t use the voice typing in other forms such as Google Spreadsheets or Google Slides but maybe they’ll add this feature soon! For more information and detailed user guides check out Google Drive help. Let me know your thoughts on how this could be helpful to students or our SLP community!

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April’s New Social Skills Videos

April’s Collection with even More Animations!

As you now know, we’re adding social skill videos to our ever growing collection every month! I wanted to give you the scoop on this month’s additions and some of the fun things we’re adding!

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Video 1: Getting a Bad Grade

We had many requests for a video about how to stay composed if you receive a bad grade. Here we show what the freak out looks like and how it affects the people around you. Then we show Liz using some strategies to calm down and handle this problem. I love how devastated our actress looks in this shot, she just nails it! We really have a ton of fun filming these videos if you couldn’t tell.

Video 2: Not Asking for Help

This was another request video that we wanted to make. I certainly had students as well who would wait and wait until they were upset rather than initiate and ask for help. We try to focus on the problem solving skill of making the problem smaller rather then bigger. In this picture Mike is doing the opposite and lets the problem blow up!

Video 3: Shifting the Conversation Topic

This is another video that features animations. We are just so excited to show everyone these! The video uses the analogy of surfers riding a wave to teach that in conversations we ride out one topic. If we jump to another topic too soon, it’s like the surfer jumping to a new wave too early. We’re really hoping the students enjoy watching the animations and that the visuals help their understanding of some of the more complex topics.

Video 4: Social Short: Working in Groups

Working in Groups is another one of our social shorts. As you could guess it’s shorter than the usual videos and gives the steps in a strait forward manner. We see the step then we see the kids model it. These are nice to use for shorter sessions or in addition to other videos.

Well those are the new ones for April! As always feel free to contact us with any comments or ideas for new videos. We’d especially like to know what you think about the animations and social shorts! If you haven’t subscribed to our video library yet, check out the 30 day free trial here.  As always follow us on TwitterPinterest, and like us on Facebook for the newest info on our tools, tech, & therapy ideas!

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Latest Batch of Social Skills Videos!

Our Latest Additions this Month!

As we announced last month, we’ll be adding new videos to our library every month from now until the end of the school year! We’ve also been playing around with new features such as our Social Shorts and animations. Our first video featuring animations is out now!

To test out our videos you can try with our free, unlimited free trial! This lets you watch all the videos from any device (and get our companion worksheets) free for 30 days. To sign up for the free trial, visit this link.

Video 1: Sharing

Sharing focuses on the consequences of not sharing with another person. Christine is having a tough time sharing the iPad with Bobby who then in turn has negative feelings about her and does not want to play with her. Christine learns that sharing, although hard, is a necessary part of friendships.

Video 2: Opinions

In Opinions, our students learn how to voice an opinion without making others upset. We also take a look at what happens when someone has a different opinion than you. Andrew tries to change Bobby’s mind rather than accepting that other people have their own thoughts. By the end, he learns that it is okay for others to have differing opinions. This is a helpful skill that is important in many aspects of life from school to a work environment.

Video 3: Compromising

As you can see from the picture, this is our first release of videos with animation. We are so excited to hear what you guys think! We really loved the idea of using visuals to explain difficult concepts such as compromising. Each box above the girl’s heads represents something they want to do. Later in the video we actually show the ideas rather than just colored boxes. They learn to take one idea from both people, while each giving up one idea, to compromise. Let us know if you want to see more animations like this one!

Video 4: Using Clues in Conversation

This video is a nice example to teach students how to use the clues that are around them to connect with others. At the beginning Kate isn’t sure what to talk about with Emily and their conversation ends as quickly as it began. When she observes Emily and looks at the clues she sees that Emily is carrying a Harry Potter notebook. That must be something Emily is interested in! When Kate brings up the books, the girls have a lot to talk about!

We hope you and your students are enjoying this new batch! Be on the lookout for next month’s as well! Feel free to let us know you’re thoughts in emails, comments here, or on Facebook! We’re creating new videos all the time and love to use the feedback we hear from our community! If you haven’t subscribed to our video library yet, check out the 30 day free trial here.  As always follow us on TwitterPinterest, and like us on Facebook for the newest info on our tools, tech, & therapy ideas!

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New Social Skills Videos Coming Out Each Month!

Hey everyone! Hope you guys are settling into 2016 with renewed energy and not too much snow for our east coasters! Over the holidays we were busy filming new videos and coming up with some new ideas including the worksheet creator tool on our website and Material Mix Monday – a weekly email delivering you top worksheets created by our community of SLPs. To sign up for MMM, go here.

New Videos Coming Each Month!

In the spirit of continually growing materials we are going to add new videos to our library every month! From now until the end of the school year, you’ll see 3-5 new videos each month! I wanted to give you a guys a look into the first batch because I’m so excited about them. We’ve added some new features this time around such as Social Shorts and fun animations (check in next month to see the new animated videos)!

If you don’t have access to our videos – we recently added a 100% free, unlimited free trial! It’s a great way for you to figure out if the videos are a fit for you! You can watch all our videos from any of your devices, as well as get access to our companion worksheets free for 30 days. If you like the videos, you can stay subscribed, and if they aren’t for you, just cancel within the first 30 days and you won’t pay a penny!

To sign up, visit this link.

Alright, enough of that stuff. On to the videos!

Video 1: Handling Embarrassment

This video teaches what embarrassment feels like and shows an embarrassing situation; a student reads in front of the class and messes up on a word. Unfortunately some students laugh at her so she is faced with the decision to either freak out and run away or handle it and keep going. We emphasize that everyone feels embarrassed sometimes and we all need to learn how to handle it. By taking a deep breath, staying calm, and thinking positive thoughts you can get through these tough moments and handle them in a socially acceptable way. Enjoy some acting by yours truly in the role of the teacher (our professional student actors really put me to shame).

Video 2: White Lie

In White Lie we teach the concept of sparing someone’s feelings rather than being brutally honest. Students may not understand this gray area if they are black and white thinkers and feel that honesty is good and lying=bad. To help teach this tricky topic we show the main character Jeff who is super excited about going camping. Unfortunately his friend Mike is not interested in camping and lets him know. We point out that Mike should observe Jeff and see how excited he is about camping. When we’re talking to someone we should go along with the convo and act as if we are interested too, even if we are not. This is one of those things we do to be social do without even thinking about it; we mirror other people and act like we care to be polite. Mike doesn’t need to actually like camping but he should engage in the conversation and say something simple like “That sounds cool” so he doesn’t hurt Mike’s feelings. We emphasize that not being 100% honest is better than hurting someone.

Introducing Social Shorts

These are quick clips, about one-two minutes long, that focus on a skill and break down the steps. We wanted to offer an alternative to the longer videos that compare expected and unexpected situations. There are some situations where showing contrasting behaviors isn’t a great fit, or there may be times when you want to quickly model a skill. That’s where Social Shorts come in! These would be great to use for students with lower cognition because they are less complex than our longer videos. You could even use these in addition to the longer videos during a lesson for social skill groups.

Social Short 1: Introducing Yourself to a Peer

This social short is very straightforward. We show how students can introduce themselves to someone their age. Our narrator tells each step in order and we see students modeling each step. The short finishes by reviewing the steps at the end.

Social Short 2: What are They Thinking About?

In this social short, we teach how to use our eyes to observe others. In our first scene Mike and Jeff are talking but Mike is looking down at his watch. Jeff gets the feeling that Mike is not paying attention so he uses his eyes to find the clues! By putting together the clues of Mike looking at his watch and it being the end of the school day, Jeff realizes Mike has to get somewhere on time. In the last scene we let the audience decide what Jeff is thinking about when he walks up to a closet, sees Mike standing in front of it, and ponders how to get in the closet. This is a fun way to practice our social detective skills!

We hope you like these new additions! As always feel free to contact us with any comments-what do you like about the new videos or what do you want to see in social shorts? We’re adding more videos all the time and want to create materials most useful for you! If you haven’t subscribed to our video library yet, check out the 30 day free trial here.  As always follow us on TwitterPinterest, and like us on Facebook for the newest info on our tools, tech, & therapy ideas!

Using our Social Skills Video Lessons PLUS New Worksheets

Hi everyone! Hope the school year got off to a great start and everyone is enjoying the fall. We have been hard at work here at Everyday Speech. Over the summer we added 40 new video lessons to our social skills videos library. Now we have a total of 80 videos to use with all ranges of abilities and ages.

Some of my favorite videos we added are:

  • Making Connected Comments– This video teaches topic maintenance in a fun way. We were super excited to play around with animations and visuals for our new videos.  In this video, we used the visual of puzzle pieces to show that your comments have to fit together.
  • Seeing Someone Else’s Side– We made two of these videos, one for younger students and one for junior and high school levels, because perspective taking can be such a hard concept. In the past I struggled to find activities and ways to teach seeing things from another person’s view because it is so abstract. Hopefully these videos will give a new way to teach this skill by viewing the different perspectives of the characters in the video.
  • Think It or Say It– A lot of us are working on teaching students to filter the things they can say and things they should not. These videos are a lot of fun as well due to the animations of a brain that pops up for “think it” and a mouth for “say it”.

The best part is we’ve put these videos on YouTube for free! Check them out here.

New Videos Worksheets

I recently created worksheets to accompany each video lesson. I wanted something tangible for slps and teachers to be able to give students while they watch the videos. Here are what the worksheets look like:

They start with an introduction on the skill to refresh the importance in your student’s heads. Next you can go through some quick comprehension questions to make sure the students understand the big takeaway messages of the video. The fun part is every worksheet ends with a different activity. Some may be rearranging a conversational exchange to make sure it makes sense or others have questions to prompt discussions. You can see from the two examples above that in the first one, Making Connected Comments, students are asked to match which puzzle pieces have comments that go together. The second worksheets is used with our Think It or Say It video and asks students to brainstorm a list of topics they should or should not say.

Ways to Use these Worksheets

I like to hand out the worksheets at the beginning of the lesson to introduce the skill we will be working on. Since all of the worksheets begin with an explanation of the target skill you can start by reading that first section. Next I like to show my students the comprehension questions and tell them they will be answering the following questions after the video. Then we start the video! My students usually get pretty excited to be watching movies in class so this makes for a pretty fun activity. Take as much time watching the videos as your students need. I usually pause to talk about certain characters and their actions and even rewatch parts. After you’ve watched the video you can use the worksheets to review the material and see what your students have retained. They are a great jumping off point for more discussions or questions your students may have.

I hope you and your students enjoy using these worksheets along with our social skills video lessons! Like I said, we have  sample videos on our website and YouTube if anyone wants to try out the videos, along with more freebies and information on our apps. To learn more about our videos check out the main video page here. Don’t forget to follow us on TwitterPinterest, and like us on Facebook!

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Social Skills Video: Taking a Break to Calm Down

This blog post is one in a series of entries outlining our social skills videos. Our social skills video library is up to 80 videos, each focusing on a social interaction that children and young adults has to face on a daily basis. All videos compare expected and unexpected behavior and show internal thoughts to get the perspective of everyone involved. Videos can be viewed on all your devices, including PC’s, Mac’s, iPad and Android tablets, and smartphones. To learn more about our social skills video library, head over to our main Social Skills Videos page.

62 - Taking a Break to Calm Down_58Bobby is struggling with a worksheet. He gets angrier and angrier until he explodes and rips his paper. His actions disrupted the rest of the class. When Bobby tries again, he realizes he is starting to get upset and uses his strategies to calm down. After he takes a deep breath, he starts to feel better.

Use Taking a Break to Calm Down

Sometimes students need to learn to ask for a break before they get too overwhelmed. Ask students to list things that would make them feel better. It may be writing, drawing, walking, or listening to music. You can talk about how to recognize their feelings before they get to the point where they can’t calm down.

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