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Hello. I am the speech-language pathologist at Freedom Elementary, and currently have a caseload of 61 children. Of those 61 children, 10 have been identified as being ‘autistic’ &/or falling somewhere on the Autism Spectrum (P). In addition to 16% of my caseload being identified as ‘autistic’ &/or falling on the Autism Spectrum (P), Freedom Elementary has a total of 14 students coded ‘P’ &/or diagnosed with autism. As VAATT, Volusia County’s augmentative team & researchers’ have known for years, children/adults with autism benefit communicatively, through the use of visuals. Children on the spectrum also struggle with social skills &/or pragmatic skills, as they are often very literal & struggle with concepts that are more abstract, such as perspective taking, understanding emotions/feelings, feeling/showing empathy, thinking of others &/or respecting others, reading nonverbal language cues, compromising with peers, engaging in turn taking & communicating on a range of topics, some of which may not be of particular interest to them, etc… As a result of this, I often have parents & teachers come to me with concerns, re: their child or student’s social deficit. Michelle Garcia-Winner is considered an expert is this area of the communicative disorders field & as such, I have used many of her programs with my students that have autism: “Thinking About You, Thinking About Me”, “Superflex”, “Think Social”, “Sticker Strategies” & now “Move Time, Social Learning”. While “Movie Time, Social Learning” was written by Anna Vagin, PhD, the foreward was written by Michelle Garcia Winner. Using visuals & movies that seem to engage youth & adults on the autism spectrum, many students have been able to not only communicate into greater length & depth than they were previously able, but they also seem to ‘get’ some of the more abstract concepts & are able to identify with animated characters & story lines much better than they are able to identify with ‘real life’! A great example of this is Owen Suskind. Owen Suskind’s story was recently shared in a documentary titled ‘Life Animated’, directed by Roger Ross Williams: http://www.lifeanimateddoc.com/. Owen’s parents were unable to communicate with him, until they realized that he had memorized all of the lines from the animated Disney movies & was using them to not only communicate, but to relate to real life situations. Through the use of Disney movies, Owen was able to convey his emotions, relate to the emotions of others & communicate these feelings with others. Owen also shared that although he worked with professionals like Michelle Garcia-Winner, it was ultimately the Disney characters & the experiences they shared, that he was able to understand & correlate to the real world. These characters & movies were a lot less intimidating than ‘real life’ situations, people & events. They were ‘easy’ to understand & they protected him & made him feel safe. I want to use Disney movies/dvds that I already own, plus a few more that I am requesting from you, along with visuals & stories that expand on some of the social situations we will be discussing & that Julia Cook has amazingly recorded into book or print format, to help our students on the autism spectrum be as successful as Owen! I want to help them relate to other people, form relationships & understand social nuances that are otherwise foreign to them, through the use of these visuals. In addition to helping the students on my caseload, I will also be sharing the Julia Cook books with teachers on campus, as we have many children not identified as autistic, that struggle with social communication & pragmatic skills, particularly as we continue to advance into a world of technology where relationships are often established & developed while sitting alone or in isolation, via the web. Lastly, I hope to take the information & the perception(s) shared or learned, by my students, to help shed light on how other students on the spectrum &/or that struggle with social/pragmatic skills may interpret events that occur in movies/books & whether or not they are able to generalize them to real life scenarios & apply what they have learned, in order to improve communication skills & social relationships. Data will be collected & recorded during each therapy session, as well as any additional observations & data shared by the classroom teachers, parents, etc…

Julia Cook Books requested:
The Judgmental Flower @ $6.67
That Rule Doesn’t Apply to Me (Resposible Me) @ $9.86
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) @ $7.60
Bubble Gum Brain @ $9.95
Lying Up A Storm @ $9.85
But It’s Not My Fault (Responsible Me) @ $9.30
Gut It’s Just A Game @ $7.84
Wilma Jean The Worry Machine @ $9.95
Making Friends Is An Art @ $8.33
The Technology Trail @ $7.31
What Were You Thinking? Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) @ $8.66
My Day Is Ruined! A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) @ $6.67
TOTAL FOR BOOKS REQUESTED IS $101.99. The books are located @ Amazon.com due to the total requested, will qualify for free S&H
Disney DVDs Requested…
Moana @ $19.99
The Fox & the Hound @ $9.99
Dumbo @ $14.99
The Lady & The Tramp @ $13.45
Inside Out @ $19.99
Ratatouille @ $14.99
Up @ $14.20
Pinocchio @ $13.95
Bambi @ $20.98
Wreck-It-Ralph @ 23.99
TOTAL FOR DISNEY MOVIES IS $166.52. The movie quotes were taken from Amazon.com & would also qualify for free S&H. Additional movies would be used, as needed, using Disney dvds that belong to me &/or I own. Some of the movies chosen were shown in the movie, Life Animated & some are more up to date, such as ‘Wreck It Ralph’ & ‘Inside Out’ & ‘Moana’.

TOTAL REQUESTED = $268.51

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School:
Freedom Elementary 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Laura Hemmerle 
Students Impacted:
10 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
August 15, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

FUTURES FOUNDATION - $270.00

 

Goal

Hello. I am the speech-language pathologist at Freedom Elementary, and currently have a caseload of 61 children. Of those 61 children, 10 have been identified as being ‘autistic’ &/or falling somewhere on the Autism Spectrum (P). In addition to 16% of my caseload being identified as ‘autistic’ &/or falling on the Autism Spectrum (P), Freedom Elementary has a total of 14 students coded ‘P’ &/or diagnosed with autism. As VAATT, Volusia County’s augmentative team & researchers’ have known for years, children/adults with autism benefit communicatively, through the use of visuals. Children on the spectrum also struggle with social skills &/or pragmatic skills, as they are often very literal & struggle with concepts that are more abstract, such as perspective taking, understanding emotions/feelings, feeling/showing empathy, thinking of others &/or respecting others, reading nonverbal language cues, compromising with peers, engaging in turn taking & communicating on a range of topics, some of which may not be of particular interest to them, etc… As a result of this, I often have parents & teachers come to me with concerns, re: their child or student’s social deficit. Michelle Garcia-Winner is considered an expert is this area of the communicative disorders field & as such, I have used many of her programs with my students that have autism: “Thinking About You, Thinking About Me”, “Superflex”, “Think Social”, “Sticker Strategies” & now “Move Time, Social Learning”. While “Movie Time, Social Learning” was written by Anna Vagin, PhD, the foreward was written by Michelle Garcia Winner. Using visuals & movies that seem to engage youth & adults on the autism spectrum, many students have been able to not only communicate into greater length & depth than they were previously able, but they also seem to ‘get’ some of the more abstract concepts & are able to identify with animated characters & story lines much better than they are able to identify with ‘real life’! A great example of this is Owen Suskind. Owen Suskind’s story was recently shared in a documentary titled ‘Life Animated’, directed by Roger Ross Williams: http://www.lifeanimateddoc.com/. Owen’s parents were unable to communicate with him, until they realized that he had memorized all of the lines from the animated Disney movies & was using them to not only communicate, but to relate to real life situations. Through the use of Disney movies, Owen was able to convey his emotions, relate to the emotions of others & communicate these feelings with others. Owen also shared that although he worked with professionals like Michelle Garcia-Winner, it was ultimately the Disney characters & the experiences they shared, that he was able to understand & correlate to the real world. These characters & movies were a lot less intimidating than ‘real life’ situations, people & events. They were ‘easy’ to understand & they protected him & made him feel safe. I want to use Disney movies/dvds that I already own, plus a few more that I am requesting from you, along with visuals & stories that expand on some of the social situations we will be discussing & that Julia Cook has amazingly recorded into book or print format, to help our students on the autism spectrum be as successful as Owen! I want to help them relate to other people, form relationships & understand social nuances that are otherwise foreign to them, through the use of these visuals. In addition to helping the students on my caseload, I will also be sharing the Julia Cook books with teachers on campus, as we have many children not identified as autistic, that struggle with social communication & pragmatic skills, particularly as we continue to advance into a world of technology where relationships are often established & developed while sitting alone or in isolation, via the web. Lastly, I hope to take the information & the perception(s) shared or learned, by my students, to help shed light on how other students on the spectrum &/or that struggle with social/pragmatic skills may interpret events that occur in movies/books & whether or not they are able to generalize them to real life scenarios & apply what they have learned, in order to improve communication skills & social relationships. Data will be collected & recorded during each therapy session, as well as any additional observations & data shared by the classroom teachers, parents, etc…

Julia Cook Books requested:
The Judgmental Flower @ $6.67
That Rule Doesn’t Apply to Me (Resposible Me) @ $9.86
Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying (Building Relationships) @ $7.60
Bubble Gum Brain @ $9.95
Lying Up A Storm @ $9.85
But It’s Not My Fault (Responsible Me) @ $9.30
Gut It’s Just A Game @ $7.84
Wilma Jean The Worry Machine @ $9.95
Making Friends Is An Art @ $8.33
The Technology Trail @ $7.31
What Were You Thinking? Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function) @ $8.66
My Day Is Ruined! A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) @ $6.67
TOTAL FOR BOOKS REQUESTED IS $101.99. The books are located @ Amazon.com due to the total requested, will qualify for free S&H
Disney DVDs Requested…
Moana @ $19.99
The Fox & the Hound @ $9.99
Dumbo @ $14.99
The Lady & The Tramp @ $13.45
Inside Out @ $19.99
Ratatouille @ $14.99
Up @ $14.20
Pinocchio @ $13.95
Bambi @ $20.98
Wreck-It-Ralph @ 23.99
TOTAL FOR DISNEY MOVIES IS $166.52. The movie quotes were taken from Amazon.com & would also qualify for free S&H. Additional movies would be used, as needed, using Disney dvds that belong to me &/or I own. Some of the movies chosen were shown in the movie, Life Animated & some are more up to date, such as ‘Wreck It Ralph’ & ‘Inside Out’ & ‘Moana’.

TOTAL REQUESTED = $268.51
 

 

What will be done with my students

The students will work in a small group setting, use clips from animated Disney movies aligned with information, research & techniques extrapolated from "Movie Time Social Learning", written by Anna Vagin, PhD. The students will also work with additional visuals that support the concept or social language skill be discussed, using books & visuals created by Julia Cook. During each session, students will not only share their perspectives of certain social language or skills observed in these movie clips &/or books, but they will also address social skills & language that may be diffiucult for them to understand & identify. The SLP (myself) & the targeted students will also discuss external applications & attempt to generalize these skills into relationships & communicative or social settings outside the therapy room. positive outcome.
 

 

Benefits to my students

Through the use of these movies & books, I would like the children to expand their communication, social & pragmatic language skills. I would like to see them create friendships that were otherwise lacking, who empathy, maintain conversations that may not be particularly stimulating to them at times & be able to read nonverbal language cues. I would like to see them demonstrate greater self control, respect for others & be aware of situations that may not be safe or promote a positive outcome. I would like for these students to be able to communicate their wants/needs & to communicate the wants/needs of others. I want them to engage with their classmates & be a part of the social paradigm, within their classrooms & at school. An extra bonus, would be reports of increased communication & social experiences, outside of the school setting.  

 

Budget Narrative

The movie/book quotes were taken from Amazon.com & would qualify for free S&H. Additional movies would be used, as needed, using Disney dvds that belong to me &/or I own. Some of the movies chosen were shown in the movie, Life Animated & some are more up to date, such as ‘Wreck It Ralph’ & ‘Inside Out’ & ‘Moana’. The Julia Cook books address skills parallel to those that will be addressed, using the animated Disney movies. The books will also be used with students on the Freedom Campus, within whole group/classroom settings, to teach social skills/communication.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 The Judgmental Flower $6.67
2 The Rule Doesn't Apply To Me $9.86
3 Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying (building relationships) $7.60
4 Bubble Gum Brain $9.95
5 Lying Up A Storm $9.85
6 But It's Not My Fault (responsible me) $9.30
7 But It's Just A Game $7.84
8 Wilma Jean The Worry Machine $9.95
9 Making Friends Is An Art $8.33
10 The Technology Tail $7.31
11 What Were You Thinking? Learning to Control Your Impulses (executive functioning) $8.66
12 My Day Is Ruined! A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking (Executive Function) $6.67
13 Moana dvd $19.99
14 The Fox & The Hound dvd $9.99
15 Dumbo dvd $14.99
16 The Lady & The Tramp dvd $13.45
17 Inside Out dvd $19.99
18 Ratatouille dvd $14.99
19 UP $14.20
20 Pinocchio $13.95
21 Bambi $20.98
22 Wreck-It-Ralph $23.99
  Total: $270.00

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