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To increase the social competence of our students in grades 2-5 who are receiving services in our self-contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms and general education students in grades K-5 who display social skill deficits.

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Superheroes Social Skills: A Multimedia Program

School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Suzanne Bradford 
 
Stacey Rutledge, Chris Covington 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
July 30, 2014

Investor

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The Pinellas Education Foundation - $895.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 13

We piloted the Superheroes Social Skills: A Multimedia Program with 2 groups of targeted students:  2/3 self-contained ASD students and six 1st grade students in need of social skill support based on classroom behavior and/or office referral data. Each group met once a week.  The students were totally engaged in the fast hands animation clips that were used to introduce a new skill.  They also enjoyed the peer video modeling of the skill and the role playing opportunities.  A digital comic was used to review the skill at the end of each session and a hard copy of the comic was sent home with the 1st grade general education students for review at home. All students in both groups demonstrated an increased understanding of the social skills that were presented during the Superheroes Social Skill groups.  In addition, 83% of the parents of the 1st grade general education students documented reviewing and practicing the assigned social skill with their child at home each week and 100% of the 1st grade general education students self-monitored their attempts at reducing their anxiety as needed in their general education classroom.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

To increase the social competence of our students in grades 2-5 who are receiving services in our self-contained Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) classrooms and general education students in grades K-5 who display social skill deficits.  

 

What will be done with my students

Students who participate in the evidence based Superheroes Social Skills: A Multimedia Program will engage in systematically delivered social skill lessons where Superhero characters introduce a social skill (the program teaches 17 critical social skills in all) and its social skill steps during video clips using Fast–Hands Animation. After being introduced to the social skill steps, the students will watch peers complete the social skill steps via video modeling clips. Students in the program will then view social narratives on Digital Comics and practice the social skill steps in role-plays and social games. Students in our self-contained ASD classrooms will be given the opportunity to generalize their social skills during weekly social skill play groups with our trained 4th and 5th grade general education Peer PALS.  

 

Benefits to my students

The program was specifically designed to improve the social skills of children with high-functioning autism but is also appropriate for any student who needs to learn to interact appropriately with adults and peers. The Superheroes program uses a multimedia approach which increases student engagement and uses evidence based strategies and best practices for teaching social skills including video modeling and role playing. The program will give our students with social skill deficits specialized instruction in 17 critical social skills including:
• Getting Ready
• Following Directions
• Reducing Anxiety
• Participating
• Imitating
• Body Basics
• Expressing Wants and Needs
• Joint Attention
• Turn Taking
• Responding to Questions and Requests
• Conversation
• Recognizing Emotions in Yourself and Others
• Perspective Taking
• Reporting a Problem
• Recognizing and Reporting Bullying
• Responding to Bullying
• Problem Solving and Safety
 

 

Describe the Students

The students in the ASD self-contained classroom have social skill deficits, pragmatic language deficits, anxiety, and sensory issues that impact their ability to attend to and focus on tasks. Research indicates that social skills need to be systematically taught to children with autism. In addition, there are students in our general education classrooms that demonstrate social skill deficits. These deficits impact their ability to independently function in various classroom activities including group assignments and make them a target for bullying during unstructured periods of the day. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Superheroes Social Skills program includes the following components: Three DVDs (DVDs includes the Fast-Hands Animation, video modeling clips and Digital Comics for all 17 social skills), Facilitator’s Guide, 2 Role-Play Scenario Booklets, Superheroes Spinner, Card Sets (Scooter, Black Hole, and Social Game), 18 Group Posters, Reward Poster, CD of reproducibles; Student Consumable 8 pack: included in pack: 8 copies each of 18 Comic Books: 8 copies each of 18 Student Power Posters; 17 perforated sheets of eight Power Cards; 3 sheets of Superhero of the Day stickers; 1 perforated sheet of name tags (replacement cost $95/8 pack); all other components can be used year after year without additional costs. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Superheroes Social Skills: A Multimedia Program $895.00
  Total: $895.00

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