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A Call for Social Stories!

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Teachers, aids, caregivers and parents, if you've a great Social Story, here's a chance to put it to music and share it with others.  

Many of you already know, in addition to being stepdad to a terrific young man on the spectrum, I'm also a banjo player. Most of you also know, winters up here in Minnesota are looooong.  :)  So long in fact that, if you're a musician, you've got time on your hands to practice and do creative things. I was talking with some of my creative music friends the other day and found we all had a common interest in writing music to Social Stories.

"What a great idea" I thought. "We could write original tunes and record videos of us playing them to kids. Then, thanks to VCASMO, we could combine these videos with Powerpoints (visuals) of the best Social Stories."

Video of Music here           --        Visual of Social Story here

"And I know the perfect outlet for these musical, Social Stories - The Education Library at Autism Hangout!!"

It's been proven time and again that music helps open up our kids. So why not put together "the best of" our community-prepared Social Stories with music so that all our special kids can benefit? I got so excited about the idea I couldn't stand it!

Now, we all know ANYone can write a good Social Story, but I wanted to open it up to all the parents, caregivers, teachers and para-aids out there that have some GREAT prepared Social Stories that they're successfully using right now. Ideally your Story is complete with visuals (i.e. Powerpoints or other scanable artwork). And if it rhymes, even better!

So I'd like to invite you to send me your best, successful Social Stories that we may consider putting them to music! I figger' it's worth a try at least. So here's my official "cattle call."

Please Send Me Files of "The Best Of" Your Successful Social Stories.

I've got musician friends standing by waiting to be a part of this. Ideally, once the music is prepared, I can videotape the actual musical artist singing the Social Story to a bunch of kids (and place it next to the prepared visuals in the VCASMO format now being used in the Education Library). You can make 'em full-screen, you know. THAT will be awesome!!

Send your Social Story files to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I can't promise we'll use them all, but for the ones we do, I'll certainly give credit where it's due. And if I can figger out a way that everyone gets paid a little bit for their work, that would be great, too. But the fee has to be low enough that most folks and kids can take advantage of this incredible resource.  I'm really excited about this! I hope you are as well!

Thanks again, everyone... for being a part of Autism Hangout!

Kind regards,

Craig Evans, Founder - Autism Hangout

Web: www.autismhangout.com
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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