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An Animated Introduction to Asperger Syndrome. Biomation, $35.95 (30 min) DVD

Living with Asperger's Syndrome can be difficult, and explaining it to others can often seem more of a challenge than coping with AS itself. This short, simple and accessible film explains through a series of lively animations what AS is, what it feels like and how it can be helped, in a way that is both informative and easy to understand.

Created by children in conjunction with professional animators, this highly entertaining film concisely summarizes the basics of AS, enabling viewers of all ages to gain a real insight into the condition. Using a winning combination of humour and frank discussion to explore AS, the DVD comprises a main feature film, which is complemented by an array of vox pops, interviews, slideshows, and other additional material, documenting how the film was made and further exploring what AS means to different people.


Asperger Syndrome: a Different Mind DVD. Simon Baron-Cohen, $51.95 (29 minutes) DVD

Narrated by Simon Baron-Cohen, this DVD presents viewers with the opportunity to both see and hear about the nature of Asperger Syndrome from children and adults themselves who have AS, as well as from their family members and school teachers. With video footage from a range of contexts, including leisure time at home, lessons and playtime at school and individual accounts of experiences of AS, it provides immediate insight into the lives of six individuals aged 5 to 22 … This is an excellent introduction to Asperger Syndrome for parents, teachers and other professionals.


Asperger Syndrome and Employment: a Personal Guide for Succeeding at Work. Nick Dubin, $39.95(43 min) DVD

People with Asperger Syndrome can find it difficult to work in an environment that involves socialization with colleagues or a lack of routine. Asperger Syndrome and Employment shows how success in the workplace is possible with perseverance and with the right supports and strategies in place. Nick Dubin discusses his own experiences at work and highlights challenges common among employees with AS. Dubin advises how to succeed in the workplace and offers practical advice on finding employment in line with your interests, making use of job coaches, developing self-esteem, using your strengths and being honest to yourself and others about your weaknesses.

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Asperger’s, Autism & Girls: Understanding & Appreciating the Female Perspective. Tony Attwood, $51.95 DVD

In this insightful presentation, Dr. Tony Attwood describes the unique challenges of women and girls with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Addressing the rapid increase of women and girls with autism spectrum disorders, as well as the large number who remain misdiagnosed, he also covers the practical solutions school systems can implement, social challenges, and issues such as navigating puberty, transitioning to work or university, and the importance of careers.


Asperger's Syndrome, Volume 1: a Video Guide for Parents & Professionals. Tony Attwood, DVD $51.95

The Special Edition DVD presents key information for parents and educators new to the world of Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome, Volume 2: Anger Management, Teaching Teachers, Teenage Issues. Tony Attwood, DVD, $51.95

This new DVD complements the Guide for Parents and Professionals with concrete advice in three important inter-related areas.

 


Being Bullied: Strategies and Solutions for People with Asperger’s Syndrome. Nick Dubin, $46.95 (30 min) DVD

Bullying is a serious problem in schools and children who display “different” behaviors are particularly at risk. Being Bullied describes the various types of peer abuse and the devastating consequences, such as poor self-esteem, low academic achievement, depression, or even suicide.

Narrated by Nick Dubin and featuring footage of his own childhood that illustrates behaviors that made him an easy target for bullies, the film also includes the stories of three individuals with Asperger's Syndrome who talk about their experiences of being bullied. The DVD outlines practical strategies and shows children and young people who are being bullied a chance to see that they are not alone. Being Bullied will be a valued resource for parents, educators and professionals.

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Dealing with Frustration: Video Modeling for Children with Autism DVD. Coach's Playbook Series, $12.95

Video modeling is an effective way to help children learn social skills. This DVD helps children learn how to remain calm when experiencing frustration.


Dr. Temple Grandin & Eustacia Cutler: Autism Q & A. Jennifer McIlwee Myers, $26.95 DVD

In this compelling conversation, Temple Grandin and her mother, Eustacia Cutler discuss their lives together, challenges, and opinions on autism practices.


Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anxiety, Sadness and Anger. Tony Attwood, $51.95 (3 hours) DVD

If you have difficulty understanding what you and those around you are feeling, the world can be a confusing and frustrating place. Misinterpretation of social and physical events can result in feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger. But with education and guidance, individuals with these challenges can learn how to understand and cope with their feelings in positive ways. In this intriguing presentation, world-renowned psychologist Dr. Tony Attwood teaches caregivers how to implement cognitive behaviour therapy. This therapy helps people effectively work through their emotions by developing their ability to interpret the causes and effects of their own actions and reactions. Dr. Attwood offers important advice on: assessing emotional needs; avoiding and correcting misinterpretation of emotion; building self-esteem and improving self-awareness; managing anxiety, depression, and anger; and defining physical and social tools.

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Fitting In and Having Fun. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 1. DVD $41.95

In order to be socially successful, children must learn to notice and "read" the social cues and messages that people use to communicate. Fitting In and Having Fun aims to stimulate a child's perception of social situations by visually showing them how to decode and interpret information from others. It also helps them to be more aware of their own body language and the messages they are sending. The target viewer is an elementary school-aged child who is ready to learn about the intricacies of social interactions. Social interactions are broken down, showing both the negative and positive consequences of how a child interacts and responds in social settings. As the child becomes aware of other people's perspectives, they can learn what to do differently to affect a better outcome.


Fitting In and Having Fun: Confident and In Control. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 3. $41.95 DVD

An important component to making and keeping friends is having the ability to control strong emotions and impulses. This DVD empowers children by showing them what they can do differently, in emotionally charged situations, to stay in control. It shows them how to stay calm to work out disagreements and create compromises.

Geared toward mainstreamed elementary school-aged children, it breaks down complex social interactions by showing the consequences, both positive and negative, attached to how the child interacts with others and how they choose to respond in social situations.


Fitting In and Having Fun: Moving On to Middle School. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 2. $41.95 DVD

Children who are not prepared to face the daily challenges of middle school can quickly become overwhelmed. Students in middle school want and need to become more independent. To do this they must learn how to read and understand more complex social situations, regulate their emotions and solve more of their problems on their own. This DVD gives tips and advice on how students can handle the many new and complex situations that commonly arise. It helps them to create strategies they can use to improve their organizational, academic, and social skills.

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Fitting In and Having Fun: High School Life. Social Skills Training Video Series, $41.95 DVD

The fourth volume in the Fitting In and having Fun DVD Series models tools that help teens in grades 7-12 develop positive relationships, and strategies to improve self-regulation skills — a key component to happiness and well-being. Social situations reviewed include:

  • Showing empathy

  • Manners count
  • Dealing with stress
  • Sharing conversations
  • Classroom protocol
  • Staying calm to problem solve
  • Embarrassing situations
  • Getting organized
  • Falling head over heels
  • Bonus: Peer mentors advice

The Hidden Curriculum: Teaching what is Meaningful, DVD. Brenda Smith Myles, $41.95, (46 min) DVD

Using common, familiar examples, Brenda Smith Myles emphasizes the importance of teaching hidden curriculum items directly to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-cognitive challenges. This DVD is a great companion to the book Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations, co-authored by Smith Myles, delivering a clear presentation on understanding and teaching the unspoken social rules of everyday life.


How to Play with Others: Video Modeling for Children with Autism DVD. Coach's Playbook Series, $12.95

Video modeling is an effective way to help children learn social skills. This DVD helps children learn how to initiate play with other children.

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Intricate Minds: Understanding Classmates with Asperger Syndrome. Coulter, $29.95 (12 minutes) DVD

Candid interviews with teenagers designed to promote positive interactions between classmates and reduce harassment and bullying. This innovative programme takes viewers “inside” AS, with demonstrations to help them see things from the point of view of teens with Asperger Syndrome.


Intricate Minds II: Understanding Elementary School Classmates with Asperger Syndrome. Coulter, $23.95 (16 minutes) DVD

An elementary school version of the highly successful Intricate Minds programme for teenagers, Intricate Minds II includes interviews with boys and girls aged 8 through 12 who describe what it’s like to have Asperger Syndrome. They reveal some of the positive qualities classmates will find if they take the time to understand and look past the “different” behaviours kids with AS sometimes exhibit. The programme also takes viewers “inside” AS, with demonstrations to help them see things from the perspective of kids with Asperger Syndrome.


Intricate Minds III: Understanding Elementary School Classmates Who Think Differently. Coulter, $23.95 (17 minutes) DVD

This video is an elementary school version of the highly successful Intricate Minds programme designed for middle and high school students. It includes interviews with boys and girls aged 8 through 12 who describe what it’s like to have conditions that make them act differently at school. Intricate Minds III can help classmates avoid the trap of ignoring or teasing kids who have trouble fitting in. Kids who understand the reasons for different student behaviours are much more likely to accept them socially and include them in activities.

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Look Mom! I Have Good Manners. Thinkeroo Studios, Elementary Social Skills, $17.95 (for ages 5 & up; 30 minutes) DVD

Where does your napkin go? Do you have to share all your toys? What's the proper way to tell someone they have a phone call? Why should you raise your hand in school? Is it okay to double-dip a chip? Kids will laugh and learn as they play along with friendly and humorous host Willy Dooright in this hilarious game show "Look Mom, I Have Good Manners". Interactive, fun and entertaining, Look Mom, I Have Good Manners shows viewers that manners are more than just a bunch of stuffy, boring rules. The program demonstrates manners are a guide to help people get along with each other through simple-kindness, consideration, respect and common sense.


More Than Words: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Challenges. The Hanen Centre, $55.00 (18 months to 5 years) DVD

This easy-to-use DVD is an invaluable tool for both parents and professionals who support preschool children with social and communication challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder. A companion to Hanen’s popular More Than Words guidebook, the DVD brings to life the research-based strategies parents can use in everyday activities to foster their children’s communication skills.


The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. Jed Baker, $45.50; CD-ROM, $32.95

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers parents and educators of teens (and young adults) photos of actual students engaging in a variety of social situations. This visual learning format shows, rather than tells, students the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. The photos illustrate the positive and the negative consequences of social interactions in a wide variety of real-life situations that are important to teens.

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Succeeding through Autism: Communication, Relationships and Employment. Sean Barron, $69.50 (90 min) DVD

Sean Barron tells the compelling story of how he went from being a child with low-functioning autism, to a successful adult, journalist and partner in a flourishing relationship.


Transfixed: a Love Story That Defies All Conventions. A Film by Alon Kol, $27.00 (74 min) DVD

As a society, we pride ourselves on respect for diversity and equality, but sometimes there are people who cross our paths who require a more complex kind of understanding. What happens when two people are so unique, so different, that they break every possible convention?

Transfixed is a documentary that tells the story of a highly unconventional romance. Martine Stonehouse and John Gelman are engaged, and are both living with Asperger Syndrome. Martine is a transsexual who is preparing for the surgery that will change her into the woman she has always believed herself to be. Martine's main motivation is her quest to marry John, who identifies "straight" and promises to end their relationship unless she "gets a vagina."

Before John and Martine can fulfill their dream of living as husband and wife, they will have to overcome Martine's battle to lose weight, John's stubborn-mindedness, a series of medical complications, financial woes, and a stressful race to pull off the ultimate wedding — one that simultaneously celebrates and smashes down romantic conventions, and one that is as unique and compelling as they are. At its core, Transfixedmakes us ask: What is love? What is a relationship? Martine and John's love may not be our ideal picture of romantic love, but somehow they make it work. They're one step beyond post-post modern — a quirky mixture of conservative dreams, liberal politics, and their own fearless and charming idiosyncrasies.


Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome. Coulter Video Productions, $33.95 DVD

Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum. Coulter Video Productions, $19.50 DVD

These DVDs are designed to help children of different ages understand and support their siblings on the autism spectrum. One DVD applies to siblings diagnosed with autism, and the other applies to siblings diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Each DVD contains four programs; three for siblings of different ages and developmental levels, and one for their parents. The sibling programs are for children ages 4 to 7; ages 7 to12 and ages 12 to adult. They explore a range of ways the kids interviewed have learned to get along with and enjoy their brothers and sisters. The DVDs also help parents understand the special needs of their neurotypical children. Overall, the members of 24 families were interviewed to create these unique videos.

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Watch Me Learn® DVDs, $33.95 each; Set of 5 DVDs $163.95

Watch Me Learn® videos are for children on the Autism Spectrum, including PDD and Aspergers, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, Social Anxiety as well as other developmental delays and speech delays. The format of Watch Me Learn® videos engenders skill generalization across multiple platforms. A free ’Progress Tracker’ is available for download for each DVD.

A New Beginning, Volume 1, features basic communication and socialization skills including: object naming and identification, greetings, simple game like stacking blocks and story time. Recommended for developmental ages: 18 months and up. DVD format, 25 minutes

Let’s Play, Volume 2, features play and socialization skills including: coloring, Simon Says, duck-duck-goose, and outdoor play. Volume 2 depicts acclaimed standards of child development and communication through play. The result is an engaging video that captures the attention of children of all abilities. Recommended for developmental ages: 3 and up. DVD format, 42 minutes

School Days, Volume 3, features communication and socialization skills for children preparing for or attending school. Among some of the featured activities are: getting ready for school, getting on the bus, classroom centers, gym and interacting with fellow students. Recommended for developmental ages: 3 and up. DVD format, 53 minutes

Friends, Volume 4, features the common activities of play dates including: playing catch, snack time, charades, an exciting treasure hunt and baking with friends. Recommended for developmental ages: 4 and up. DVD format, 36 minutes

Riding, Hiding, Food and Fun! Volume 5

Children learn about asking and answering WHY questions, how to ride a bike, about food groups, tasting new foods, sounds all around us, another finding game with prepositions and things that go together, counting, prepositions, food groups, money, prepositions, less/more, categories, safety, manners and so much more!  The video's scenarios are based on play with a curriculum embedded in the play.  Recommended for developmental ages: 4 and up. DVD format, 60 minutes

 

You Are a Social Detective: Bridging the Gap Between Social Struggles & Social Success! USB Flash Drive. Social Skill Builder & Social Thinking Publishing, $124.95 (ages 7-12)

Developed in collaboration with Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and based on their book You Are a Social Detective, this interactive USB Flash Drive teaches school-aged children to become better social thinkers. By putting on their detective hats and deciphering expected and unexpected social behavior, learning to make smart social guesses, and investigating social clues, children can learn to see how others peopleís emotions and responses are connected to their own behavior. This exciting and fun learning tool motivates students to learn while having fun! Includes:

  • 6 interactive levels
  • Over 200 videos targeting a range of abilities
  • A fun and motivating reinforcement game
  • Automatic scoring to track student responses
  • Printout of Social Maps

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Complete List

An Animated Introduction to Asperger Syndrome. Biomation, $35.95 (30 minutes) DVD

Asperger Syndrome: a Different Mind DVD. Simon Baron-Cohen, $51.95 (29 minutes) DVD

Asperger Syndrome and Employment: a Personal Guide for Succeeding at Work. Nick Dubin, $39.95 (43 minutes) DVD

Aspergerís, Autism & Girls: Understanding & Appreciating the Female Perspective. Tony Attwood, $51.95 DVD

Asperger's Syndrome, Volume 1: a Video Guide for Parents & Professionals. Tony Attwood, $51.95 DVD

Asperger's Syndrome, Volume 2: Anger Management, Teaching Teachers, Teenage Issues. Tony Attwood, $51.95 DVD

Being Bullied: Strategies and Solutions for People with Asperger's Syndrome. Nick Dubin, $46.95 (30 minutes) DVD

Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anxiety, Sadness and Anger. Tony Attwood, $51.95 (3 hours) DVD

Fitting In and Having Fun; Volume 1. $41.95 DVD

Fitting In and Having Fun: Moving On to Middle School; Volume 2. $41.95 DVD

Fitting In and Having Fun: Confident and In Control; Volume 3. $41.95 DVD

Fitting In and Having Fun: High School Life. Social Skills Training Video Series, $41.95 DVD

The Hidden Curriculum: Teaching What Is Meaningful. Brenda Smith Myles, $41.95 DVD

More Than Words DVD: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Challenges. The Hanen Centre, $55.00 DVD (18 months to 5 years)

Social Skills Picture Book. Jed Baker, $35.95 CD-ROM

Succeeding through Autism: Communication, Relationships and Employment. Sean Barron, $69.50 (90 minutes) DVD

Transfixed: a Love Story That Defies All Conventions. A Film by Alon Kol, $27.00 (74 minutes) DVD

You Are a Social Detective: Bridging the Gap Between Social Struggles & Social Success! Social Skill Builder & Social Thinking Publishing, $124.95 USB Flash Drive (ages 7-12)

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