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DID YOU EVER THINK ABOUT HOW WHAT YOU DO AFFECTS OTHERS?

As a producer of educational media I’m very focused on making sure that the content we produce presents information in a way that makes the subject matter easy to understand for just about any learner.  However, I very rarely ever think about the impact of our productions on the learner.  But the other day I had an experience that reminded me of why we do what we do and why it is important. You see I wanted to trademark a name and logo for a new product.  So, I went to the trademark office website and began to read about how to do it. Now, if you’re like me, reading directions, forms or manuals (especially from government agencies) turns my brain to mush. I began reading the directions around 10:15 am. At 10:47 I looked at the clock and realized that I was no closer to understanding what I was 


Using Priming to Help Autistic Children With Change

“When you open your eyes in the morning, things change,” Mandy says in Marvel and Friends: Transitions and Change. Grasping the concept of time and understanding the need for transitions is difficult for children with autism. A strategy that parents and teachers can use at home and school to help children prepare for upcoming activities is called priming. Priming involves going over the activity or information with the child before he or she participates in the activity. There are three different parts to priming: It should be done before the activity. The situation should be a simple task. It incorporates frequent reinforcement opportunities. Priming is inexpensive and time-efficient. The same materials should be used in priming that will be used for the task. When this isn’t appropriate, try using visual supports such as picture steps to an activity or a daily schedule chart. Some examples of priming include: Looking at 


Getting a Grip on Transitions and Change: Help for Autistic Children

Autistic children struggle with transition and change, which can lead to more difficulty with acquiring new skills and learning healthy social interactions. It’s impossible to avoid changes in our daily activities. Providing an environment that’s predictable and routine is ideal, and we can help autistic children to learn functional routines as well as novel events. With visual strategies, we can help the autistic child to adapt to a variety of common situations encountered at home, in school, and with peers. Other unpredictable changes that occur due to weather, scheduling, human error, as well as novel settings and peer interaction can also be introduced. Visual strategies are an excellent way to introduce new routine activities as well as prepare for unpredictability and can include story cards, video instruction, picture schedules, and activity “road maps.” When possible, previewing an event with children will prime them for the upcoming transition. This can work for 


Staying Clean and Healthy: Step-By-Step Teaching for Children With Autism

When teaching children how to stay clean, remember that their idea of dirty is different than yours. Children with autism may also grow distressed when trying to understand hygiene. Teaching children to stay clean by using routine and repetition will help them to learn. When your child sees that a bath or shower is part of their daily routine, he will begin to accept it just as he does mealtime and bedtime. Because children don’t share our recognition of dirtiness, they can become overwhelmed by our attempts to show them. Taking things slowly and in steps makes it more manageable for them. Describe each step involved in staying clean. When washing hands or taking a bath, a laminated task strip with each step broken down and placed nearby can help them to remember. Sometimes Staying Clean Is Easy Mazz Media’s Marvel and Friends: Staying Clean and Healthy DVD teaches staying 


Helping Young Children: Celebrating April as National Autism Awareness Month

Today, 60 children will be diagnosed with autism. In America, one in every 68 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since the 1970s, the United States has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month to help raise awareness for what is now the fastest-growing developmental disability. Mazz Media celebrates April as National Autism Awareness Month and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by featuring the Marvel and Friends DVD series. Marvel and Friends: Sharing and Taking Turns focuses on the development of interactions with other children. Using real-life scenarios, the children in the video display effective ways to take turns and share. Animation and music videos are also added to engage and entertain children who might have limited attention spans. Teachable Moments With Marvel and Friends Marvel and Friends is appropriate for any young child struggling to learn these important social skills. By modeling everyday situations children encounter at school, in peer 


Help Children Cope With Conflict Using Social Strategies

Kids need strategies to help them cope with conflict. Everyday situations can escalate into harmful incidents and lead to high-risk behaviors.  The pre-K child wants to ask for his or her turn to play. The middle school sister wants to say no to an insistent brother. The teen driver competes with friends, music, and cell phone in the car. Each scenario is an opportunity to teach basic social strategies and avoid adverse consequences. Through modeling numerous scenarios, you give children an opportunity to learn basic social skills. They will learn how to avoid problems, increase their confidence, and develop lifelong coping mechanisms. This prepares them for the changes and challenges they’ll encounter throughout their day. Make It Fun to Learn Help children explore coping solutions by introducing some of the challenging situations with role play or video. Teaching social strategies through acting out possible consequences can be very empowering. It 


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