Social Learning on the 9th Planet

ABOUT.US-INFOINTERVIEW-Hudson-withDavid12.8.12A family is hosting a friend for dinner. The teenager in the family watches as the friend reaches for a cookie and says, “You’d better not eat that or  you’ll gain more weight.”

A man is talking to a group of people at work about his recent vacation. A co-worker stands at the outer edge of the conversation group and interrupts the story, saying (a little too loudly) – “Hey, did any of you know that the last drive-in movie theatre in the state has decided to shut down for good?” __________________________________________________________________ The teenager and co-worker in these examples might be easily dismissed as rude or weird or tactless or stupid. Truth is, they’re perfectly normal for individuals with High Functioning Autism (HFA). Individuals with HFA possess many of the technical skills of conversation. They can say words clearly and use grammar correctly in long, complex sentences. However, they don’t inherently understand the rules for social language – such as tact and staying on topic — which allow them to engage in the appropriate back-and-forth conversations which are precursors to making friends and developing relationships. Video Behavior Modeling is an Effective Tool for Teaching Social Skills Individuals with HFA can learn social language skills when those skills are directly taught to them. Research studies conclude that one of the most effective strategies for teaching social language skills is video behavior modeling. In video behavior modeling, target behaviors are broken down into small component skills. For example, engaging in conversation involves the skills of maintaining eye contact with people in the conversation group and paying attention to what others are saying (joint attention). The skills of maintaining eye contact and paying joint attention to others are modeled in separate videos by a peer (peer modeling) or the student (self modeling). The student watches the skill demonstrations and then imitates the behaviors, individually and in conjunction with each other, until the skills seem familiar and easy to repeat. In time, a student may be able to generalize the skill, meaning he/she may be able to move beyond using the skill in the specific practice setting to using it in new, unplanned situations. Generalization may or may not happen for individual students. Even if skills are generalized, the jury is still out on the question of whether ASD individuals ultimately learn to intrinsically understand social behaviors or simply perform them as they would a memorized script. 9th Planet Video Behavior Modeling Program – Adds Humor There are several video modeling programs which can be used to teach social skills. One program, called 9th Planet, uses video modeling along with elements of humor to encourage sometimes reluctant ASD teenagers and young adults to actively engage in social skills lessons. The 9th Planet program uses a “stranger in a strange land” theme to demonstrate social skills in an entertaining way to spark student interest in the characters modeling the target behaviors. The videos feature a young man named Tad Shy who hails from the 9th Planet (hence the program name of 9th Planet). Tad is stuck on earth where social rules are different from the ones he used (or didn’t use) on the 9th Planet. He encounters social situations he doesn’t know how to manage and is coached by a talking, animated computer named Bob. The videos model and the a wide variety of social skills, from relatively simple skills such as eye contact to more complicated skills like recognizing false friends. One teaching series models social skills for students who are searching for jobs. Some of the job search topics include networking, Website design, working with a job search mentor and doing information interviews. Learning By Doing The learning in the program goes beyond video modeling and into learning by doing. Tad Shy, the central character, is played by a young man on the Spectrum who edits the videos and assists with script writing. Many of the videos feature young people on the Spectrum who play different characters in the videos. Learning plans include theatre-influenced activities such as role plays, conversation volleys and improvisation exercises in which students actively practice skills to reinforce the video learning. Students also work on projects to create their own social skills videos. Locally Produced, Globally Sold The 9th Planet videos and learning plans are produced by a family-owned company in Minnesota. Videos are shot at business locations throughout the Twin cities metropolitan area, including local libraries, independently-owned coffee shops, grocery stores, photography studios, candy stores, classic car shops and candy stores. Animation and animation voicing for the spaceship computer are created by one of the company producers. The videos and learning plans are used in a growing number of secondary and post-secondary classrooms throughout the United States. They are also being sold in Australia, the U.K., Germany and Canada. This fall (2013), the company’s co-producer will teach program-based classes about the social skills involved in finding and keeping a job for the Autism Society of Minnesota. Next Steps – Jobs and Tough Stuff Skills 9th Planet is now focusing on teaching the socially complicated skills which generally preoccupy transition-aged and young adult ASD learners. A skill set package about looking for jobs – Job Searching on the Spectrum – was released in Spring 2013. A follow-up skill set package about social skills used on the job is in the early phases of script writing and production. A single e-pub video and learning plan called Recognizing False Friends will soon be released in August 2013. Recognizing False Friends teaches some of the skills involved in discerning when a friend isn’t trustworthy and saying “no” to an untrustworthy friend when personal boundaries are crossed. The production team is also starting work on a series, requested by a local school, about dating and romantic relationships. Bottom line — there’s a seemingly endless list of social language skills to be dissected and taught to teen and young adult ASD learners who struggle with communication and relationships. 9th Planet videos and learning plans use researched effective practices to teach those skills. Most importantly, the 9th Planet program is designed to make social learning a challenge but also fun – because if ASD students think social skill learning is only a matter of hard work, it won’t happen, if you need help you can find more information in https://askhealthnews.com/ 

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Aspies on TV – Do They Get a Fair Shake?

John Elder Robison recently published an insightful article about the surge in the number of TV shows which feature characters with Asperger’s Syndrome (Heads up – this post ignores the redlining of Asperger’s in the DSM-V).  The Robison article is here: http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/aspergers-tv-the-bridge-diane-kruger-sheldon-cooper.html

Robison offers a rough timeline of the Aspie character trend in TV. He pegs the start of the trend to late 2005 with the arrival of Jerry Espenson, a socially challenged attorney in Boston Legal. The next major trend mark came in 2007 with Dr. Sheldon Cooper, a know-it-all theoretical physicist in The Big Bang Theory. And with the recent release of The Bridge, whose central character is brilliant, rules-obsessed Detective Sonya Cross, the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

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An article on Huffpost TV similarly describes the trend, ticking off the names of roughly 10 shows with characters featuring Aspie-like traits. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maggie-furlong/aspergers-on-tv_b_3574336.html

No question, an increasing number of fictional TV shows feature characters with Asperger’s. This trend raises several questions. Such as — What is the genesis of all this interest in Asperger’s on the part of TV producers? How do producers and writers decide whether or not to openly name Asperger’s as a diagnosis for characters in the shows?

Then there’s the knottier question which is offered in the Huffington Post article: are individuals with Asperger’s thoughtfully portrayed on TV?

Regarding the attention to Asperger’s, it may simply be that, script writers – like everyone else – are increasingly aware of Asperger’s and Aspie traits are fun to write into a drama/sit com character. Aspies are both uniquely gifted and puzzling to “neurotypicals.” It’s a perfect formula for creating a character with dramatic or comic interest.

Also, maybe there’s a personal relationship with Asperger’s for some TV writers – a variant on the old adage about writing about what you know. It’s possible that many writers are themselves on the Spectrum and whether or not they’ve come out of the Aspie closet, they’re using elements of their own personalities in their characters. The Huffington Post article notes that the creator of the Community’s Abed Nadir, discovered that he himself is on the Spectrum in the course of his research about the character.

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On the question of whether or not to make on-screen Aspie disclosure, writers and producers understand that the extent to which Asperger’s is injected into the story mix can change the story’s tone. In Parenthood, which is a comedy-drama, Asperger’s is out in the open and dealt with in a straightforward manner. First-time viewers quickly learn that 8-year-old Max Braverman has Asperger’s. Autism is a central part of nearly every episode. In contrast, Big Bang Theory – a straight-up comedy – Sheldon Cooper obviously manifests many Aspie traits, but he is not diagnosed as such on the show. In fact, producers and writers adamantly insist (because they continually get questions on the subject) that Sheldon is Not On The Spectrum.   End of story.

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Then there’s The Bridge, which is a drama. Detective Sonya Cross has Asperger’s but her diagnosis is not named aloud on the show. Some reviewers have been critical of this decision, saying that disclosure of the diagnosis might help clarify some of the Detective’s confusing behaviors. Diane Kruger, the actress who plays Detective Cross explains the decision to not openly disclose the diagnosis, saying that show writers didn’t want Asperger’s to be the character’s defining trait. (Interestingly, Kruger says she also has Asperger’s and the Asperger element is what first drew her to the project).
Beyond these basic questions is the larger and more complicated issue of whether individuals with Asperger’s are thoughtfully portrayed on TV. Based on a limited viewing of some of these shows, it seems that TV “Aspergians” are portrayed in a way that makes their social clumsiness a point of interest and often amusement (think Sheldon Cooper), but not ridicule. Viewers tend to like them, social warts and all. Also, the Aspie characters are fairly treated by their friends, peers and relatives.

However – again, based on fairly limited viewing – many of these characters are written as people with brilliant minds who make significant contributions to their professional fields. These types of characters are interesting to watch. But their situations don’t reflect the experiences of many on the Spectrum who are “Lake Wobegone” average – those who are simply trying to make their way in a world which despite massive new awareness of the diagnosis, still doesn’t understand the varied nature of their daily challenges.

Inevitably, TV characters develop personalities with fairly broad strokes. TV Aspies will show some predominant Aspie traits – but not all of them, because that is impossible. As one Aspie has famously noted, “When you’ve seen one person with Asperger’s, you’ve seen one person with Asperger’s.”

And this may be a central concern with TV portrayals of Asperger’s – that they hook into our tendency to try to understand the unfamiliar through the use of generalizations and labels. They do an end run around the real road to understanding individuals with Asperger’s which involves learning through simple attention to others, through individual conversations and through active listening and acceptance — and not through a series of laugh lines or cliffhanger conflicts.

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There’s Something about Bob, Part 2 – Designing Bob

What does a robot look like?

We had his name – Bob. His role in the videos is to provide the “teaching voice.” He’s a friend, a confidant, an advisor; a little bit of an external conscience – like Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio. But what should he look like?

We could have taken the easy route and made Bob a blinking light on a control panel, like the ship’s computer in Star Trek, or HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. But that wouldn’t fit well with the social interaction that we wanted to demonstrate.

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At the same time we wanted to avoid the silly mechanical man look, common among children’s toys and cartoons. And we didn’t want him to be an annoying busybody like C-3PO from Star Wars.

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Bob needed to be friendly, approachable. So we first looked for inspiration to the iconic robots from classic science fiction: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, and the Robot from Lost in Space. (In spite of the lurid movie poster showing Robby holding aloft a helpless victim, he is in fact a gentle helpful soul.) Then Tristan pointed out the difficulty of demonstrating facial expressions on a robot without a recognizable face.

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We took bits and pieces from our favorite robots, and reassembled them into Bob. His light bulb head came from Gyro Gearloose’s nameless little helper, and his corrugated hose arms from the Lost in Space robot. His eyes are HAL’s red glowing orbs enclosed in stainless steel lids. His eyebrows are light bulb filaments. His mouth is the squiggly line from an audio waveform, done in electric blue.

waveformFor his voice we tried several different mechanical-sounding treatments, but most were either difficult to understand or hard to listen to. Finally we settled on just a bit of reverb to indicate his location on the spaceship.

Once we had him ensconced in his seat at the control panel, Bob was ready for his close-up.

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Is Your Teen Tad Shy?

By Sandra Pearson
for ProviderSearch.com

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Melva Radtke who, along with her husband and son, created 9th Planet. This unique video modeling program helps Tweens, Teens and Young Adults with Aspergers and high functioning Autism navigate the social world around them.

Following a science fiction storyline that will appeal to this age group, the videos feature Tad Shy an alien from the 9th Planet. Tad wants to interact with the “typicals” on this planet and Bob, a robot on his spaceship, acts as his coach, guiding him through social situations. The videos come with a workbook and are entertaining and humorous to encourage the repeat viewing that reinforces the social skills they teach.

9th Planet currently offers two skill sets. The first one deals with basic situations such as physical space, asking questions and eye contact. The second one tackles more complicated situations such as empathetic listening, recognizing sarcasm and phone skills. A new series offering job search skills is currently in production. This series will focus on the executive function skills needed for a job search and in the workplace.

And the best part, is that several members of the cast and crew have Autism Spectrum diagnoses.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

As with many innovative special needs programs and services, this one was created by a mom. Melva is an attorney and educator with a son on the Autism Spectrum. Tristan, AKA Tad Shy is now in his 20s but he wasn’t diagnosed until he was in Junior High. When he was younger, they knew something was “off” but no one could quite figure out what. He was diagnosed as ADHD and put on Ritalin but it was clearly not the answer.

Then an article appeared in Time Magazine about Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. The Radtkes felt like they were reading about their own son.

So while they had a name, Aspergers, and even an IEP, Tristan was aging out of programs designed for younger kids. Nothing in Tristan’s school programs fit him. They had nobody to help. So, out of frustration with their own situation, 9th Planet was born.

Success for Their Own Son

Melva and her husband had seen other videos and thought, hey, we can do that! So they did. Now Tristan has a diploma in film editing from a technical college and does the video editing for the Tad Shy series.

Melva says that being able to create something useful for their son and others is very rewarding. She says it’s been an amazing experience to watch the social impact the videos have had on a worldwide scale. And not only are other parents sharing success stories but the videos are also being used in school classrooms.

Tad and Bob give teachers, therapists and parents a point of reference when they talk about a skill that is less personal and less defensive. And ultimately more helpful.

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Sibling Back Story ……. By Devon Radtke

I remember going to daycare every morning with my brothers. I remember that daycare well. I remember the pride I felt because I was in kindergarten and would leave my little brothers behind to go across the street to school when the bus came.

I also remember Tristan asking every. single. morning where we were going, even though we were always going to daycare. I asked my parents why he did that and they said Tristan just liked to know.

I remember Tristan liked to smell everything.

I remember Tristan liked to bounce. He has always walked on spring-loaded toes. My grandmothers each admonished him for it and bemoaned the poor future of his feet if he didn’t start walking flat.

I remember Tristan hanging on the fringe of Damien’s and my games. As the oldest, I was ringleader and Damien was my second. Tristan was just there. He went along with everything, but his interaction was minimal. He was a skinny blonde shadow.

Tristan was my weird little brother, but I don’t ever remember thinking anything was wrong with him.

When Tristan got to school, his world changed. Instead of a twin brother and older sister that he knew well, he had strangers for peers. He had teachers who saw something unidentifiable in him and labeled it as a problem. He had to go to the nurse’s office every day to take his Ritalin.

When we began taking the bus home after school instead of going to latchkey, I remember Tristan had to watch Arthur at 4:00pm every afternoon. When I was in sixth grade, a friend introduced to me Pokémon, which was also on at 4:00. I very clearly remember Tristan’s behavior when Damien and I tried switching the channel on him to watch this new show. That was the first time I realized how important routine was to my brother.

My parents took Tristan off Ritalin while he was still in elementary school. I had moved on to the larger pastures of junior high. Even in separate schools, though, I heard stories about the weird little kid who danced around the playground and “ate woodchips.” He wasn’t eating them, he was tossing them and catching them, and it was no surprise that juggling was second nature to him. That was the first time I became defensive of my little brother.

Tristan was thirteen years old when he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. His unidentifiable “problem” that had been misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD, and that we, his siblings, had seen as quirkiness, was featured on the cover of Time Magazine. My parents read the article. It was as if someone had invisibly been following Tristan without anyone’s knowledge and had then written exclusively about him. A psychologist confirmed my parents’ hunch. Suddenly Tristan was on the autism spectrum.

With a diagnosis comes help, right?

Not for Tristan. At the time of his diagnosis, Asperger’s Syndrome was relatively unknown. Autism was not yet in the center of the public eye. The resources available for autism spectrum individuals were limited and focused on young children. When Tristan was a young child, he was considered quirky, then hyperactive. No one was trained then to recognize Asperger’s presentation. When his behavior was eventually recognized for what it was, it was essentially too late. He was too old.

Tristan has seen counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, but as a young adult. He has never been in a formal program for ASD. He was thrown into and has remained in the “mainstream.” He had an IEP for his misdiagnosed ADD, and he went to speech therapy for a lisp. No one taught him how to cope with the instability and volatility of the world. No one taught him how to read facial expressions or interpret the inflections of voice and body language. No one taught him how to navigate a conversation, or even how to control his own voice. Tristan cannot see the things we take for granted to help us navigate an unruly reality.

Tristan is not alone.

Young adults like Tristan float in a kind of limbo. They are “typical” enough to not be eligible for the help they need. There is no physical identifier for ASD like there are for other more widely recognized developmental disorders. Because they look “typical,” they’re expected to be “typical.”

And that’s where 9th Planet comes in. Using movie-expert Tristan’s video editing skills, 9th Planet™ videos demonstrate how social skills work in typical situations – in the classroom, at work, or in social settings. They explain the social “rules” that Typicals follow, in a way that teenagers and young adults enjoy and appreciate. And Tristan can help others like him deal with the oft-confusing Typical world.

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Tad and Bob Go “Guerilla”

“Guerilla filmmaking” is a term describing a style of filming quickly in real locations, without warning, usually without permission of the location owners.

A famous example of guerilla filming appears in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, North by Northwest. The story called for the star, played by Cary Grant, to be involved in a murder inside the United Nations building in New York City. While the interior scenes were shot on a studio sound stage, Hitchcock felt he needed an establishing shot of Grant entering the real – and recognizable – UN building. However, the UN would not allow filming on their premises.

Hitchcock resorted to guerilla tactics to get the shot he wanted. With the camera hidden in a vehicle on the street, Cary Grant exited a cab and strode across the plaza into the iconic building.

(Director Sydney Pollack finally overcame the UN ban on filming in 2004, with The Interpreter.)
At 9th Planet, we’ve had permission to film at almost all of our locations, but we did resort to guerilla filming for two short cutaway shots.
The Personal Space video takes place in a public library. Library staff gave us permission to shoot, and we arranged to come in early, before the library opened, for the bulk of the filming. But one short scene, demonstrating public restroom etiquette, required shooting in the restroom – which was open to others in the building besides the library.

Since we were there early, we decided to shoot the restroom scene first, while there weren’t very many people around. Tristan and David, our two actors, went into the restroom first to make sure it was empty. We didn’t want to barge in with a camera if it was occupied. We waited for one gentleman to leave, then after making sure we had the room to ourselves, we brought in the camera for a couple quick takes.

We were nearly finished shooting when someone else came in. He stopped short, obviously taken aback to find people with a video camera filming in a restroom. We told him we’d be done in just a minute, and he went back out. After a few more short takes, we packed up the camera and left. On the way out we apologized to the guy for making him wait, then went back into the library for the rest of the shoot. We were polite, and he was understanding.

The second cutaway shot took place on a light rail commuter train. We bought tickets and boarded the train at the beginning of its run, before it filled up with too many people. We found three adjacent seats and Tristan and Melva took two of them, with the camera situated across the aisle.

At the first stop, Tristan got off the train, then turned around and immediately got back on. He walked down the aisle and took his seat, leaving a vacant seat between himself and the “other passenger.” At each of the next few stops he repeated his actions for a few more takes.

Since we weren’t recording any live audio for this scene (in the video, the scene plays under Bob’s voiceover) we were able to talk to each other about what we were doing, even while we were actually shooting. Other people in the car were watching us and talking among themselves. People like movies, and I think most of them enjoyed seeing what we were doing. I imagine they told their friends later about seeing a movie being made on the train.

After checking to make sure we had usable footage, we all got off and waited on the platform for a train going the opposite direction to take us back to our car.

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There’s Something About Bob – Part 1

Bob’s name was actually a joke.

When Melva’s initial concept for 9th Planet was taking shape – Tad Shy from another planet, stranded on Earth, learning social skills and some mac repairs from his personal robot – she asked Tristan to suggest a name for an omniscient ship’s computer. A personal robot who is eager to learn the latest technologies in this world. In the middle of something more important – either YouTube or a video game, he doesn’t remember now – Tristan tossed out the blandest, most boring name he could think of.

Bob.

That did it. The robot’s name was Bob. During all the in-depth development meetings that followed, Tristan kept complaining,“ It was a joke! I didn’t think she’d take me seriously!” But it was too late. The robot’s name was Bob. Nothing we could do about it.

It’s important that Bob be accessible. Friendly. Who’s going to take advice from somebody named X-931-70? Nobody, that’s who.

But listening to a guy named Bob? Piece of cake.

Bob is the teaching voice in the 9th Planet videos. Does he exist? Who knows? Is he worth listening to? You bet.

Bob doesn’t lecture Tad about what to do. (Well, maybe a little, but he tries not to.) Bob gives Tad advice. He’s the little voice in Tad’s head – in all of our heads, maybe – that reminds us of what we sometimes know but don’t always think of in time. He’s Jiminy Cricket to our Pinocchio.

Bob can explain what Typicals are thinking to someone who doesn’t understand Typicals.

And, frankly, a lot of Typicals probably wish they had someone like Bob to tell them what’s going on every now and then.

Drama – A Social Skills Teaching Tool

“I am confused by life, and I feel safe within the confines of the theatre”

            Helen Hayes

A theatre stage may seem an unlikely place to teach social skills to highly anxious aspies.  Then again, maybe not.

Hans Asperger seemed to think there was merit in the idea of using drama to teach social interaction.  His program director, Sister Viktorine, used theatre techniques in the classes she taught to boys on the Spectrum.  Unfortunately, she left behind no records of her classes before she was killed in an Allied bombing attack on the hospital ward where she worked.

The connection between drama and social skills teaching for aspies makes a lot of intuitive sense.  Take plays.  Plays have routine and structure.  Plays offer a venue where Aspies can safely and impersonally practice interactions with other people.

Then there’s improvisation. Improvisation uses a predictable and supportive system in which Aspies can practice the art – and skill — of observing others and working with others as part of a team.  Improvisation uses a step-by-step, rule-following process designed to help reduce anxiety.  The founder of improvisation, Viola Spolin used a “what if” approach in her acting classes. What if you were talking to your grandmother? What if you were talking to a child?  The goal of her improvisation classes were to get the actor away from thinking about himself or herself and put them in touch with the situation.  BINGO!

Not to mention, performing scenes, working backstage and doing improvisation skits is fun. These activities might catch the attention of even reluctant participant/players.

Drama therapy is a 33-year-old clinical profession which successfully uses principles of theatre in a variety of therapy contexts.  It is more recently being used in social skills programming with people on the Spectrum.   For example, the Spotlight Program, developed by the Northeast Arc in Massachusetts uses drama to teach social pragmatics to youth ages 6 to 22. Shenanigans is an improvisation-based program for youth with Autism founded by the grandmother of a young man on the Spectrum in Georgia.

Many participants in these ASD-centered drama programs report positive results. Actors in The Spotlight Program say, “I’ve gained friendships and learned new games, how to be more mature and how to interact with others” (North Shore ARC, 2008, p. 1). Another says, “I’ve learned to recognize myself in others” (North Shore ARC, 2008, p. 2).

A news report about Shenanigans describes the experience of a mother whose son participated in their program: “Acceptance eluded 14-year-old Sammy, until Shenanigans. Sammy’s mom Christina Seidel said ‘He’s had a real rough many years of not fitting in. It’s given him self esteem, more confidence and he’s just happier.’” http://www.11alive.com/news/article/239881/40/Improv-helps-autistic-Atlantans-take-center-stage

The research on using Drama Therapy programs to teach social skills is fairly new but highly promising.  As with all teaching and therapy methods, it will take a lot of trial and error (and improvisation) to develop a solid body of scientific evidence about the positive effects of Drama Therapy.  But, plain and simple — drama-based teaching offers all the basic elements needed to effectively teach social and pragmatic skills to ASD learners.  Here’s to support for continued growth these promising programs!

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Autism, Inertia and Scriptwriting

In physics, the term “inertia” means that an object at rest tends to stay at rest until it is changed (moved) by a force. It’s a term that might also be used to describe the behavior of some people on the Autism Spectrum who don’t start a task, adjust to changes or do a job without prodding from an outside source (often a parent).
Many neurotypicals sometimes dismiss this behavior as a sign of laziness. But it’s far more complex than that. And it’s certainly not deliberate.
It’s possible that ASD individuals need prodding because their neurological wiring equips them with the ability to receive large quantities of information, but not the ability to process or use it all. This complicates the task of navigating an unruly reality. It’s far less  using to remain at rest than to jump into an unpredictable fray.
Our son (Tristan, a/k/a Tad Shy) talks about this in terms of sticking with a routine:
“Routine is comforting. I like sticking with a routine of stuff I need to do right now. Changing a routine is really hard, even if I know that changing the routine might move me toward an important life goal – like getting a job.”
In producing 9th Planet videos, we’ve all learned about the importance of routine and structured assignments to help us overcome inertia and get things done. Take script writing. Tristan says, “When we were first writing scripts, I had trouble contributing to the work, because we didn’t have a structure. We’d talk about a skill to teach, but didn’t lay out a specific process to get the script written. Then we started having script meetings where we’d talk about different possibilities for situations and what Tad and Bob might say in those situations to teach the lessons.”

“The script meetings make it easier for me to write because they’re now part of my routine. I’m pushed to write a section by a specific time. And when we talk about sections of dialogue, we break the conversations down into smaller parts for teaching, which is also helpful.”

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The process of figuring out how to regularly write good teaching scripts has been instructive for us all. For Tristan, the process has offered an important example of how he works best (i.e. “go write a script” doesn’t work, but working through small structured steps with a regular schedule does work).
This learning may translate into longer-term lessons. Tristan says he’s working on learning how to do things without being pushed. According to an annotated bibliography maker that has been helping us out, the structured process we use in script writing might be helpful. He says, “I’m thinking about how to describe my life goals in a manageable list that I can break down into small steps which seem doable and not so overwhelming.”
Who knows? Maybe his list of life goals will look a little like a script.

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Video Shoot – Information Interviews

Scenes from a shoot.

The 9th Planet crew is producing a video about finding a job for our third Skill Set. The video focuses on the idea of doing information interviews to build business networks and create job leads, and they are using production video companies online, that also produce video from santa for christmas.

The crew shot a cutaway scene at the Jamie Schultz Photography Studio in Hudson, Wisconsin. In the scene, Tad’s friend, Daphne, learns about what it’s like to work in an independently-owned photography business, since there are different types of businesses and many of them can actually work from home, and that’s why learning how to monitor work from home employees could be essential for this type of businesses to progress.

A huge thanks to studio owners Jamie and Karl Schultz for opening the doors to their spacious, arty studio in downtown Hudson. Also thanks to Bernadette Lantz, and Sarah Krentz for playing the roles of Daphne and the photography studio owner.