5 FAQ’s about Teaching Social Skills with Video Modeling

1.      Which kids need help with social skills and social boundaries?

Many students, both with and without disabilities, have trouble with taking part in social interactions and understanding social boundaries.  However, students who are in a category of special education, such as the ones listed below, are those who need the most help with recognizing social boundaries and developing social skills.

–        Students at risk for failing school.

–        Students with learning disabilities, particularly those students with non-verbal learning patterns.

–        Students with Attention Deficit Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

–        Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


2.     Without help, what difficulties will these students face?

–        Students will have difficulties making friends in peer groups.

–        Students lacking social skills will often have a poor self-image.

–        Students may be teased by peers. Studies show that students with disabilities are bullied three-times more often then their peers.

–        Students will have a harder time meeting academic goals.

–        Upon graduation, students will have a harder time in finding lasting employment.

–        Students will have difficulty recognizing exploitative relationships and developing mutually respectful ones


3.    When it comes to teaching social skills, does VideoModeling ® instruction have a particular advantage over traditional instruction?

–        For visual learners, such as students with learning disabilities, video modeling, simulations, virtual environments, and pictures included in instruction can be extremely effective.

–        Students generally learn better when they are taught in a variety of mediums.

–        Successful ways to teach social skills, such as role playing, listening to social stories, observing peer behavior, and conducting social skill “autopsies” can all be executed more effectively all while making it fun for the students.


4.      Where can one find good multi-media instruction materials on social skills and social boundaries?

VideoModeling® is a teaching concept originated by the James Stanfield Company. It refers to the use of highly trained actors to precisely “model” how a specific set of behaviors is incorrectly and correctly executed.

Check here for information on the Circles Curriculum, which focuses relationship building and social boundaries. There are also video-based programs that focus on manners, social skills, and how to make a good first impression.


5.     Is special training needed for teachers or parents in order to use these programs with students?

No. All of the programs found on our site include everything you need to teach. Teacher guides provide specific lesson plans that correlate with each video program. Should you have any questions along the way, we have a highly trained staff available.








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