media social learning


    So, why media?

Many students with social learning challenges struggle to process and understand social movement as it unfolds - with media, we can pause, rewind and discuss. We can’t do that with real life situations. 

When used responsibly YouTube videos, movies and even video gaming, can be used in positive, effective ways to dissect and understand social relationships. And, it’s super engaging! 

    Great, but how does it work?

Ultimately our goal is to help students develop and maintain fulfilling relationships by improving their “in the moment” interactions.

By discussing the social relationships and emotional experiences of characters on screen students can build understanding and comfort level with abstract social concepts.

After discussions (and laughter) about characters, students feel more comfortable and willing to take those tentative first steps of regarding their own, similar feelings and experiences.

   Media Social Learning helps students:

-Understand feelings – their own as well as those of others

-Become better perspective takers

-Improve how they interpret important contextual and nonverbal information

-Engage more with those around them

   Want some ideas?

Student illustrations on the Building Bridges page provide examples of moving from character to self-observations.