| Produced in collaboration with Social Skill Builder, the You are a Social Detective CD is a dynamic combination of interactive video modeling style with the characters, vocabulary and process of Winner and Crook's book You are a Social Detective. Students learn to use their "tools"eyes, ears and brainto understand the thoughts and feelings of others. They learn to make a smart guess about what someone will do next, and how their own actions affect consequences and outcomes.
"Social Skill Builder has done a great job working with us to create this tool," say Michelle and Pam. "We think our students will be motivated to use it to help them become better equipped to evaluate social situations, while also helping them to learn our evidence-based Social Thinking vocabulary.
"This product explores the Social Thinking teaching concepts discussed in our book, You Are a Social Detective. A key aspect of helping students improve their competencies and therefore their social skills, involves teaching our students to take more active notice of relevant social cues generated by participants in context. To foster this learning, students enjoy watching video clips to help them more finely tune their observational skills while learning in a game-based format. We hope your students enjoy its use!"
Elementary school speech pathologist Karen Vinson says, "The Social Detective software, with its engaging videos, is a perfect complement to the Social Thinking curriculum I currently use with my students. This product has helped my students with ASD develop a deeper understanding of social relations and the ability to decode social interactions."
The CD features a fun mystery-themed jingle and uses a footprint, magnifying glass and clues theme throughout. Automatic data collection and a built-in game feature rewarding correct answers adds to the motivation.
It teaches users how to use their eyes, ears and brain to make smart social guesses and investigating clues to see how others emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior. This software program has 6 levels with more than 200 video prompts to break down social situations into functional terms including:
• Understanding Others' Comfortable/Uncomfortable Thoughts
• Understanding Others' Expected/Unexpected Behaviors
• Guessing Others' Thoughts and Emotions
• Making Smart Guesses
• "Using Your Tool Box" (Eyes, Ears & Brain)
Ages 7-12, 2004
Keywords: Autism; social thinking; Autism spectrum disorders; Learning disabilities; Dyslexia; ADD; ADHD; Social skills; Learning disabilities