Authors: Anna Vagin, PhD
In life there are no pause, rewind, or replay buttons...in Movie Time Social Learning, there are!
One of the greatest challenges in teaching social thinking is finding interesting, imaginative, and enjoyable ways for students of all ages to study complex social situations. Movie Time Social Learning takes an activity many students already love—watching movies—and uses it as a springboard to study the intricacies of social interaction, the depth and range of emotions we experience in our lives, and the social expression that drives our interactions. By hitting the pause button, we freeze social situations and give students the all-so-valuable extra time to read context, interpret thoughts, feelings and plans, make predictions about social behavior, and formulate narrative language to discuss social interactions.
Author Anna Vagin’s thirty years of experience and deep understanding of social learning shine through each page as she thoughtfully explains social concepts and provides detailed, fine-tuned lessons for seven different popular movies that students will recognize and love.
About the Book
The Movie Time Social Learning method is explained via seven different easy-to-find movies (see list below) and their accompanying lessons. The movies range from short, simpler movies that can be used with children with more limited social thinking, to movies with more complex social interaction, better suited for individuals who are working on more advanced levels.
Each lesson plan identifies the clips used in the movie, and then for each clip, presents ideas and suggestions for teaching Spy Eye, Detective Head, and Me Too! tasks. These tasks help students develop their abilities to identify context, take perspective and make personal connections. The book comes with a CD that includes all seven lesson plans as well as ready-to-print templates, handouts, and letters.
Helpful Chapters Include
- Places Everyone! Your Role as Mediator — working with a movie audience of students, including suggestions for helping students regulate before they watch, strategies for sessions, and when to take a break
- Mark Up Those Cue Cards! Knowing How to Help Visually —visual tools, such as emotions strips and feeling lists, thought bubbles, and text-based organizers, that can support student work
- First Lessons: Spy Eye Tasks — exploring context and the feelings, thoughts, and plans of movie characters
- Practicing Empathy: Me Too! Tasks — activities that explore students’ empathy with movie characters
- Off and Running: Generalizing What Students Have Learned —suggestions for applying knowledge learned to other contexts, including at home
- And many more!
The Social Thinking Connection
- Spy Eye: Students think with their eyes to explore context and what each character is doing, thinking, and feeling within that context.
- Detective Head: These activities involve perspective taking and promote the understanding of more complex social relationships and social subtleties, such as indirectness and politeness.
- Me Too!: These tasks focus on students making connections between characters and themselves to explore the foundations of empathy.
- Movies for Junior Mindreaders (lessons for each on CD)
- Frog Goes to Dinner (Scholastic Video Collection)
- Knuffle Bunny (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
- No Roses for Harry (Scholastic Video Collection)
- Whistle for Willie (Scholastic Video Collection)
- Movies for Moving Up Mindreaders (lessons for each on CD)
- The Indian in the Cupboard, rated PG (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment)
- Like Mike, rated PG (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
- Movie for Varsity Mindreaders (lessons for each on CD)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, rated PG-13 (Warner Home Video)
- Akeelah and the Bee, rated PG (Lions Gate Films)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid, rated PG (20th Century Fox)
- Finding Nemo, rated G (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)
- Fly Away Home, rated PG (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
- The Pink Panther, rated PG (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)
- Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
- The Red Balloon (Janus Films)
- Shrek, rated PG (DreamWorks Home Entertainment)
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Scholastic Video Collection)
About the AuthorAnna Vagin, PhD is a licensed speech and language pathologist. In private practice for over thirty years, her work focuses on social cognitive abilities of children from four months through high school. She frequently consults with schools and speaks to parent groups, private organizations, and national conferences on the social cognitive issues of children on the autism spectrum. She and her family live in Marin County, California.
What People are Saying
Peter Vermeulen - Author of Autism as Context Blindness“Movie Time is innovative and in-line with how people use social thinking in real life, not in laboratory situations. Using films and even YouTube video is what we really need to do if we want to help children struggling with the complexities of social events.”
Maryellen Rooney Moreau - President and Founder, MindWing Concepts, Inc.“Anna Vagin’s work focusing on the power of movies for intervention is wonderful. With its well-chosen movies and well-crafted activities, Movie Time Social Learning is a communication building tool for student, practitioner, and parent. I recommend it highly."
Bryna Siegel - Professor of Psychiatry; Clinical Services Director“… interesting, refreshing, and ‘ecologically valid’ for the population we serve… increases social vocabulary without forcing social interaction…”
ProfessionAdult/Individual, Behaviorist, Mental Health (counselor, social worker, psych), Parent, Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher (Sp.Ed. and Gen.Ed.)
AgeGrades K-2, Grades 3-5, Middle School, High School, Transition to Adult
Diagnostic LabelAttention Issues (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language or Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Social Communication Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Other
Social Thinking & Social SkillsConcepts & Frameworks, PBIS/RTI, Social Academic Connection & Goal Writing, Social Problem Solving, Social Skill Strategies
- Published: 2012
- Publisher: Think Social Publishing, Inc.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 180
- ISBN: 9780982523193
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