Model Me Kids, the developer of social skills training DVD enables children to role play with peers via its Model Me Interactive™: Practicing Conversation software. Developed for children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Developmental Delays who are aged 7-13, the software combines video modeling teaching tools with the interactive capability of software.
How it works: Children first are requested to watch a video that models a typical conversation between two peers. Then, the child practices the conversation using a webcam. The interactive conversation can be prompted with text from the original video, or this feature may be turned off once the user becomes familiar with the lines. The text prompts may be changed by the user for an endless number of possible responses to the conversation prompts.
The practice conversation is recorded and a feedback area allows teachers to comment on and grade a student's recordings. According to Sue Klein, founder of Model Me Kids, “The software is ideal for teachers, therapists, speech/language pathologists, and parents.” She added. “We also wanted to make the software as easy as possible for the kids by adding features such as clear text buttons that facilitate navigation by young users.”
Categories covered in the interactive instruction address many of the topics individuals with autism spectrum disorders and developmental delays find most difficult in everyday conversation, including: