New Social Skill Video Modeling Activity

By Brittany Lehane May 7, 2015

Monday was a big day for us here at Everyday Speech. We’ve been working on social skill videos since Christmas time and they are finally ready! I can’t wait to share these with everyone who can use them. I’m so excited about our new videos because we used real actors of different ages, so kids of all ages can relate to them. I’m also excited about adding more videos so we cover a wide range of skills. Our categories now include: How we act in school, Making friends, Conversation skills basic and advanced, Nonverbal communication, All about the brain, Solving conflicts with peers, Keeping self-control and handling stress.

Explaining the concept of body language

Explaining the concept of body language


Using Our Videos

I want to show you guys how I use the videos in my lessons. Today I used two videos from the Nonverbal Communication bundle called Reading the Situation and Your Body Language Sends a Message. These work well together because both involve understanding nonverbal communication. In a sixty minute session, I was able to play each video multiple times with pauses for discussions. My particular group of students has moderate cognitive impairments and benefit from seeing information multiple times, in multiple formats. It was great to use video modeling so they see the situation we were discussing. They also need visual support when listening. For that reason, our videos have key words written on the screen. As we watched the videos, I paused whenever these words appeared onscreen and discussed the concepts with the group.

Thought bubbles explain how the characters feel

Thought bubbles explain how the characters feel


Before we even started I previewed the material by starting a discussion about the main concepts. We talked about what “reading” the situation means and how we do it. My students pointed out how we use our eyes to observe and our ears to listen. When we put the clues together we can tell how someone is feeling. Then we used the videos to practice these skills. In the first video, the main character does not read the situation. He jumps into talking about how great he did on a test while his friend looked hurt and upset. My students were able to look at the paused video and point out the clues that tell us the friend was upset. In the second video, a student’s body language sends the message he is uninterested and makes other’s feel bad.


We focus on how other's actions make people feel

We focus on how other’s actions make people feel

Reviewing the Social Lesson

I gave out fill in blank worksheets to scaffold the lesson. This also created a review page we were able to use after watching. We answered the following questions:

  • What was the problem?
  • How could the main character fix it? (you can ask this question before the students see the actual solution so they are making a prediction or after you watch the solution as a review)
  • What is the expected behavior?

Once the videos were over, the worksheets helped me break down each situation and review the important concepts. We learn what the unexpected behavior was, how it made others feel, and saw a model of how to use the expected behavior. If you want to check out these videos, click here! Sign up for our mailing list here to stay updated with our latest therapy tips, app announcements, and blog posts.  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and like us on Facebook!

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