Friday, August 10, 2012

The Steps4Kids to Draw DVD Helped my Boys With #Aspergers to Draw Better


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Steps4Kids began marketing their educational DVDs in 2005.  Over the next seven years, the company has grown, and been awarded many honors.  Working with experts the company's goal is to ensure that the presentations and techniques shown will help children to improve their handwriting, and more recently, learn their multiplication facts and drawing skills.

The newest DVD is Steps4Kids to Draw.  Released in July, it has already been named "DVD of the Year" (Art) by Creative Child Magazine.

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Steps4Kids to Draw Makes Drawing Easy!

  • Covers Four Basic Areas: People, Animals, Shapes, and Things
  • More than Forty Mini Lessons Included
  • Easy to Understand and Follow
  • For Ages 4 - Adult!
  • 90 Minutes Total - English Language
  • Retail Price - $24.99
  • 30% Discount Code blogn30  (Through the month of August with a Min. $10 Order)
  • Available for Purchase Through the Website
My children love to draw.  We have notebooks filled with cartoon comic stories that they have made.  Although both experience difficulties with fine motor skill delays and they struggle with proportion, expression and details, it does not dampen their spirit.  They just keep trying.

After I viewed the Steps4Kids to Draw DVD, I knew it would help my sons tremendously, and make them much more confident, too.

Before we began, I asked each child to sit down and draw a picture of a boy, and another of a cat.  Here is what they produced:

Boy One's work:

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Boy Two's work:

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Now it was time to try the Steps4Kid to Draw DVD.  Each boy took a seat on the couch, and I gave them lap desks, pencils, and paper.

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The format is very user friendly, and they figured it out right away.  Scan the menu choices and simply choose People, Animals, Shapes or Things.

After a category selection is made, there will be a new screen with more choices.  Animals is broken down one step further.  Choose house pets, farm animals, zoo animals or water creatures, like  this shark.

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The directions are clearly narrated and each drawing is shown and created one step at a time.  In just a few minutes your child will have a simple sketch that they will be quite proud of!

There is an option to pick and choose items one at a time, or to choose "all play" which will play every lesson in consecutive order straight through.

Because we did a boy and a cat before we began, I wanted to show you another boy and another cat drawing by the same children - except that this time they were using the Steps4Kids method.

Here is an "angry man" and a cat drawn by Boy One:

After
Here are the same selections drawn by Boy Two:

After
It is quite striking to compare the before and the after sketches!

The wide variety of choices also helped to provide a full toolbox of options for free drawing by showing different noses, eyes, eyebrow positions, etc.

As a mother of children on the autism spectrum, I would be remiss if I didn't point out the opportunity to show different facial features paired with emotions.  What a great way to add in some extra social skills training!

Also, in this same vein, I will say that visually, it is a great choice for autism kids.  There are no distractions during the work portion.  Simply a white screen, a hand holding a marker, and the sketch as it takes place.  The narration is pleasant, smooth, and even.  The menu screens are primary colors and easy to navigate.  There are no sensory assaults at any point.

I think this is a wonderful program, and it worked very well for us.  I would also encourage you to visit the site and take advantage of all of the wonderful resources and information available, including printable worksheets and a page filled with great ideas for helping special needs students succeed.

Steps4Kids also has a Facebook page.  Click over and "like" the page and you will get news and discount codes when they are available.  Oh!  Don't forget!  Readers can use the 30% Discount Code blogn30  (Through the month of August with a Min. $10 Order)



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