TeachTown Social Skills Research Base
Blue Ribbon Findings on Evidence-Based Practices
TeachTown Social Skills features six evidence-based practices identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Autism Center for individuals with ASD.
  • Video Modeling
  • Modeling
  • Social Narratives
  • Visual Supports
  • Naturalistic Interventions
  • Social Skills Training Groups

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Blue Ribbon Findings on Evidence-Based Practices
Created by Experts, Backed by Research
Created by Experts, Backed by Research
The TeachTown Social Skills curriculum was designed by professionals with backgrounds in general and special education, developmental and behavioral psychology and speech-language pathology. The curriculum is based on numerous studies that have shown that using video modeling for students diagnosed with ASD really gets results. Some research highlights:

  • Video modeling is one of the most popular and effective approaches for teaching social skills to children with special needs (Bellini & Akullian, 2007)
  • Empirical research supports the efficacy of video modeling in teaching social skills to children with autism (Corbett & Abdullah, 2005; Hitchcock, Dowrick, & Prater, 2003)
  • When students can form emotional bonds with characters, motivation improves,
    resulting in fewer behavioral issues and better skill acquisition, generalization and
    attention to task (Koegel, Tran, Mossman, & Koegel, 2006)
  • Instruction that includes game-like features also enhances student motivation,
    leading to greater attention to content and greater retention (Ricci, 1996)
Animation and Video Modeling
Animation and Video Modeling Animation is a familiar and relatable format for children. When animation and video modeling are combined, it makes for an innovative and compelling approach to teaching social skills, resulting in heightened student motivation. The group teaching approach of TeachTown Social Skills offers opportunities for students to learn from each other, interact socially and work on skills in a natural environment.
Blue Ribbon Findings on Evidence-Based Practices
Blue Ribbon Findings on Evidence-Based Practices
The National Autism Center’s National Standards Project and the National Professional Development Center (NPDC) on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) almost entirely agree on which educational interventions are effective for children with ASD (National Autism Center, 2009; Wong et al., 2013). They used a stringent review process that incorporated clear criteria for evaluating evidence from over two decades of research. Of the 27 evidence-based practices identified by the NPDC, 26 were identified by the National Standards Project as established or emerging practices. Educational practitioners can access 12 of the 27 evidence-based practices in TeachTown Basics and TeachTown Social Skills. The NPDC has provided step-by-step guides for implementing each practice. TeachTown has used these guidelines to rate the extent to which each practice is visible in our programs.
Conclusion
The NPDC and the National Standards Project have conducted the most recent and systematic
review of intervention research. They have identified the key components of interventions that are
essential to improving student outcomes. Many of these aspects are integral to TeachTown Basics
and TeachTown Social Skills. The NPDC has also made important progress toward defining these evidence-based practices by providing step-by-step directions for implementing the practices.TeachTown is committed to using these guidelines along with input from practitioners to refine our programs over time.