By Debbie Bleeck-Imming and Sharla Pitzen
Video teaching promotes learning
through the use of audio and visual techniques that will supplement a child's
education both at school and home. Videos capture their interest by utilizing
a desired activity that can enhance the achievement of goals and objectives. Desired
skills can be learned or reinforced by repeated viewings of the video, which increases
the likeliness of skill retention.
Video teaching is an independent
learning experience without drills or one-to-one instruction. Your child will
be able to watch the video as often as they like, increasing the likelihood
of skill mastery. Children progress at their own pace without external pressure
or demands. Watching realistic, motivating, and entertaining videos promotes
increased attention and generalization.
Choosing the appropriate
teaching video is very important. Be sure the videos target specific goals and
objectives that are appropriate for your child or student's development. In
addition, verify that the content is presented in a highly stimulating and entertaining
fashion using a variety of settings. Look for the utilization of high interest
themes, mascots, music, and teaching strategies that will engage your child
in the video. What could be more perfect than to give your little one "additional
learning" and fun at the same time? When chosen wisely, video teaching
can truly be a "Golden Educational Opportunity!"
MEET YOUR PAL
Sharla Pitzen, President and Founder, launched Autism
Social Videos & More in January 2001. Her vision for the venture was to
provide parents and teachers of children ages 2-8 an enjoyable alternative to
teaching social skills to their children and students. Through her many years
of teaching, Mrs. Pitzen recognized a need and the appropriate media for developing
social skills of children with the use of songs and instruction on videos that
are both educational and entertaining. Mrs. Pitzen has dedicated the past 20
years to helping children with special needs. Autism Social Videos & More is
another example of her dream to provide supportive instruction to enhance the
lives of children from all walks of life.
At Autism Social Videos & More, Mrs. Pitzen is responsible for overseeing the
introduction, development and production of all educational materials. Mrs.
Pitzen’s enthusiasm, energy and knowledge for teaching all types of children
are brought to life in the videos.
Currently Mrs. Pitzen is a Program Specialist overseeing the Autism programs
for the Capistrano Unified School District of California. She has been instrumental
in utilizing her teaching skills and knowledge of Autism in developing programs
and supporting classrooms specifically to meet the needs of all children within
the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mrs. Pitzen is trained and well versed in, such
modern techniques of teaching autistic children as, TEACCH, PECS, PRT, Floortime,
Skillstreaming, Social Stories, and Intensive Behavioral Instruction (i.e. DTT,
Prior to joining Capistrano Unified School District, Mrs. Pitzen spent six years
teaching grades K-5 of children with severe mental and physical disabilities
in the La Mesa Spring Valley School District. She developed a teaching program
and curriculum that was adopted and mirrored in many classrooms throughout Southern
California. It was this type of innovation and enthusiasm for the job that earned
her Teacher of the Year honors for the East County SELPA.
Mrs. Pitzen received her Masters of Science in Special Education from National
University, San Diego. Her thesis was titled Discrete Trial Training: A Behavioral
Intervention for Autistic Children. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in
Interdisciplinary Studies from National University, San Diego. Currently she
holds credentials for teaching multiple subjects for regular education and special
Debbie Bleeck-Imming, Vice President, joined Autism
Social Videos & More as a result of her long friendship with the Founder
Sharla Pitzen. Her 25 years experience in the field of special education was
a perfect compliment to Mrs. Pitzen’s vision. Her emphasis throughout her teaching
career has been "inclusion" and teaching through exciting and engaging music
activities. Creating educational and entertaining music and videos has been
a lifetime dream.
Mrs. Bleeck-Imming currently teaches a “fully-included” kindergarten and preschool
classroom in La Mesa Spring Valley School District. The program serves children
with a wide variety of disabilities along with typically developing peers. In
1997 and 1998, she received the honor of representing her school district in
an intensive two year training program in Autism. The "Institute for Children"
was sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education, University of San
Diego, and San Diego State University. The program was presented by the most
significant leaders in the field of autism in the country, and covered the most
current and up-to-date strategies and methodologies. It was during this time
that she developed her interest and expertise in working with Autistic children.
Mrs. Bleeck-Imming has written and received several grants from the California
State Department of Education, developed curriculum for the LMSV Special Education
Department, and has been the recipient of the East San Diego County Teacher
Recognition Award of Excellence, Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Bleeck-Imming has
also been a foster parent to a child with Down Syndrome.
Mrs. Bleeck-Imming holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on
Visual Motor Development from National University and a Bachelor of Arts in
Special Education and Social Science from San Diego State University. She did
graduate work abroad in Sweden, Denmark and Holland in Special Education through
the University of Wisconsin and taught in Hawaii on a teacher exchange program.