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!!
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!
Craig Evans, Founder - Autism Hangout
|< Prev||Next >|
J&J's Janssen hit with $70 million verdict in Risperdal trial
A U.S. jury on Friday awarded $70 million to the family of a boy who developed breasts after taking Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals' antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Andrew Yount, of Tennessee, developed gynecomastia at the age of five as a result of taking Risperdal, his lawyers say. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen are facing more than 12,000 claims over Risperdal, according to Johnson & Johnson's most recent quarterly report.
Democrats' draft platform calls for reviews of trade deals
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Party's 2016 policy platform calls for reviews of trade deals, wider health coverage through public programs such as Medicare, and federal investigations of fossil fuel companies accused of misleading shareholders on climate change, according to a draft version released on Friday. The committee drafting the platform last weekend approved the document, which spells out the party's policy priorities. It still must be formally adopted at the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Philadelphia in July. ...
Aetna launches Medicare Advantage asset sale: sources
Merging Aetna's and Humana's Medicare Advantage businesses would make the combined company the largest U.S. manager of the healthcare insurance for seniors and the disabled. Aetna has sent out pitchbooks to potential buyers and will begin collecting bids as soon as next week, the people said on Friday.
Girls less likely to get pregnant if a friend has a baby
By Linda Thrasybule (Reuters Health) - - Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. In 2000-2001 - the fifth year after the start of the study - girls whose friends had given birth had about 25 fewer sexual intercourse encounters, on average, than girls whose friends had miscarried.
Many everyday common chemicals are endangering child brain development says new report
A new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives is calling for more attention to be paid to the growing evidence that exposure to many everyday common chemicals are causing harm to children's brain development. Dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children's health advocates have expressed their concern in the paper that these chemicals are disrupting brain development from as early as pregnancy with the effect continuing through to children of all ages.
Guinea-Bissau confirms three cases of Zika virus, government says
Guinea-Bissau has confirmed its first three cases of the Zika virus in a group of islands off the mainland and has set up an emergency committee to stop further transmission of the disease, the government said on Friday. Experts have feared the tiny nation could become a gateway for Zika's spread to mainland West Africa, after an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus was first recorded in the African island chain of Cape Verde late last year. "The Health Minister has informed (the government) of three confirmed cases of Zika virus contamination located in the Bijagos Archipelago," read a government statement sent to reporters.
Spain records first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus
Spain has recorded its first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, after a woman contracted it from her partner after he returned from a Latin American country, health authorities in Madrid said on Friday. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to thousands of cases of the microcephaly birth defect in countries such as Brazil, which has declared a public health emergency over the disease. The birth defect is marked by babies born with brain abnormalities and undersized heads.
Obama urges Congress to release Zika funds
US President Barack Obama urged Congress Friday to advance $1.9 billion in emergency funds to fight the Zika virus, saying Republicans should set aside politics to tackle the fast-moving disease. "This is not the time to play politics," Obama said in remarks delivered in the White House Oval Office following a meeting with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief Anthony Fauci and other officials. "Congress should not leave, should not adjourn, until they get this done," he added ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend.
UK drugs regulator to halt approvals for Indian clinical trials firm
By Zeba Siddiqui MUMBAI (Reuters) - The UK's healthcare regulator has decided to suspended marketing approval for a widely used antibiotic that had won clearance based on clinical trials conducted by India's Quest Life Sciences, due to concerns over the integrity of trial data. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) might also deny other pending drug approval requests that rely on studies conducted by Quest, the UK agency said in a letter dated June 22, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. The MHRA's decision bars the sale of a generic version of erythromycin that is being sold in the UK by Dawa Ltd, a Kenyan drugmaker, an MHRA spokesman said.
People eat less when wearing ‘bite counters’
By Madeline Kennedy People who wear “bite counters” on their wrists while eating tend to cut down on how much they consume during a meal, a study suggests. Several years ago, Eric Muth and colleagues at Clemson University in South Carolina developed a way to track how much people eat based on their wrist motion. Muth told Reuters Health by email that self-monitoring is vital when trying to meet health goals.