In the last month, I have gone from zero knowledge of how to make an iMovie, to making 5 of them! It has been a fun and engaging process for me and (most of) the students! One student keeps asking when HE will get to be the “star” of the show!
Although most of my videos have involved Social Skills Video Modeling, in which I take video clips of the student doing the expected behavior and then we review the video (often multiple times).
I have a student, however, who needs to learn not to imitate. Since it would be very difficult to take a video of what the student is NOT doing, his teacher and I put together a social story on video using his favorite topic: Minecraft. This is a non-verbal video (since the Minecraft characters do not talk), but as I was reviewing it with him, I explained what was going on and how the characters were first doing unexpected behavior and then expected behavior. Take a look at our efforts and tell me what you think!
The advantages to social skill videos such as these are:
- It is engaging for students to see movement (compared with static pictures in regular social stories).
- The student’s favorite music can be paired with the video.
- It is easy to voice over the video and explain the expected and unexpected behaviors.
- The videos can be shown to the student daily as reminders of expected behaviors.
- The student can give a “lesson” to his/her entire class by showing and explaining the video.
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