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Parents Launch DVD Series For Autistic Children

9 Feb, 2008 By: Kyra Kudick

Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse Vol. 1: Expressing Yourself

Timed to coincide with National Autism Month, NoteAbilities Inc. April 1 (prebook March 4) will launch a new series of DVDs designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The series, “Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse,” helps teach children with ASD social and self-care skills through music, games and stories.

Parents Scott and Ann Leslie were inspired to develop the series by their efforts to interact with their autistic son, Gage. They noticed the children's media market lacked educational programming that captured his attention in a fun way.

“Our motto is ‘engage Gage,' and bring him into our world,” Scott said.

So the Leslies decided to use Scott's skills as a video producer to create a new DVD series for children with ASD. Scott said they wanted to make sure the product had credibility, so they partnered with professional music therapists and a speech pathologist to create the programming.

“We wanted something fun that is also teaching,” Ann said. “As parents, you want a tool to use yourself at home. It seems like it takes forever to get into [formal] programs, and it is very frustrating because you want to be empowered to help your child.”

And that is the goal of the series, not only to teach the children, but also to empower parents with tools for teaching and communication.

To that end, the first video of the series, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse Vol. 1: Expressing Yourself (DVD $24.95), focuses on speech, the importance of eye contact and physical connection, emotions and other communication skills. The lessons are taught through repetition, positive reinforcement and interactive exercises, including original music and sing-along songs.

“It is a mode of learning that speaks to [ASD] needs,” Scott said of the lessons.

But, Ann added, “It is a style of learning that everyone can respond to.”

She cited their own family as an example — Gage's twin sister, Avery, is not autistic, but she also enjoys and benefits from the video lessons.

Scott described the bonus features of the DVD as being “just as important as the video” because they provide tools for the parents. They include a discussion about the therapeutic benefits of speech and music therapy, a how-to guide of teaching tools, and an inspirational message from Scott and Ann to parents, from parents.

Future titles planned for release cover such topics as self-care, being a helper, manners, outings, friends and more.

For more information or to order “Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse” DVDs, call 866/552-9032 or visit www.noteabilities.com.

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