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“Because making a good impression is so important to social acceptance, job placement and self-esteem, I predict First Impressions will become one of the most widely used products in special education. I highly recommend it.” Carol Press, EdD. Community Integration Specialist

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Your students won’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. Clear, step-by-step demonstrations of people skills by making a good first impression with cleanliness/hygiene, grooming, dress, and attitude.

First Impressions – Stanfield VideoModeling from James Stanfield Company on Vimeo.

Without awareness and training, many students with developmental, learning, and emotional challenges are especially vulnerable to the “First Impression Effect”. We all do it. We quickly size people up. Within a few minutes of meeting someone (more likely seconds), we start to make judgments about their personality, their character and their values. If our first impressions are positive, we’re more likely to accept and like the person. If our first impressions are negative, we’ll avoid the newcomer socially or, if we’re an employer, eliminate them from job consideration.

There are four basic things that make an immediate impression on someone else: cleanliness/hygiene, grooming, dress, and attitude. The wrong impression in any of these areas may cause your students to be undervalued and dismissed. With the right impression, they will be given a chance to prove themselves. First Impressions was developed from hundreds of sources of information, including interviews with experts in the fields of hygiene, fashion, dermatology, and psychology. With the help of our “VideoModels” and our on-screen medical experts, your students will see clear, step-by-step demonstrations of essential everyday hygiene practices and will be brought “up to speed” in the four key areas that make up a first impression.

First Impressions strips away misconceptions and myths, takes on media hype, and brings you the latest research. The series features the wildly popular Stanfield Comedy Players, which let students learn by watching the laughable behaviors of others. Using comedy to teach wince-worthy lessons reduces their bite and helps students feel less self-conscious when they discover they’ve done many of the same things.  Learning simple “First Impression” skills could be enough to tilt the odds in your students’ favor and convince others to give them a chance to prove themselves.

The series features our dental consultant, Dr. Steven Subject, DDS who motivates students to care for their teeth by emphasizing the relationship between good dental care and “kissable” breath. Also featured is our medical consultant, Dermatologist Gary Novatt, MD, who helps students separate fact from fiction and TV hype from really good hygiene. Finally, our fashion consultant, Jennifer Chapman teaches students how to create a mistake-proof wardrobe and discusses special dressing issues for students with physical disabilities.

First Impressions is composed of (4) Modules:


Module 2:

Module 2: Grooming
With the help of medical and styling experts, everyday grooming practices such as brushing teeth are illustrated using simple language, humorous sketches, and step-by-step demonstrations.


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