Getting the Most Out of QuickStart Skills
QuickStart Skills is a collection of videos targeting skills related to verbal communication, self-reliance, health and hygiene, behavior strategies, peer interaction, and social skills. The QuickStart Skills supplement the Language Pyramid curriculum. You can assign videos from the Skills library according to your assessment of your student’s needs.
You will find the QuickStart Video link at the top of the assignment page. Select “Skills” from the QuickStart Library. You will find Skills videos for 12 categories. You can preview, assign, or customize videos for your student.
Attending Skills support a child’s ability to concentrate, listen, observe, and respond. If your student does not pay attention during Gemiini viewing sessions, the Attending Skills videos can help. You can repeat the interactions modeled in these videos to practice attending skills with your student at home. As your student learns to attend, their level of engagement should increase during all kinds of activities.
Visual & Spatial
We use Visual & Spatial skills to interpret and interact with what we see. Matching, recognizing patterns, solving puzzles, and sorting items all involve visual and spatial skills. Gemiini’s Visual & Spatial videos can help learners who struggle with these activities. These videos provide teaching examples for matching objects and pictures, recognizing and repeating visual patterns, sorting items by function, feature, or category, and sequencing pictures of events.
Receptive Language describes our ability to understand what we hear. Receptive language typically develops before expressive language. This means most people understand words before they can speak them. Students learn to follow directions, identify objects, emotions, and actions by name, category, or description. Receptive skills will improve as they progress through the Language Pyramid.
Motor Imitation Skills
Motor Imitation describes our ability to copy actions. Imitation improves cognition and motor planning, boosts attending skills, and promotes speech development. Imitation is presented in Level 1 of the Language Pyramid.
Vocal Imitation Skills
Imitating speech is a key skill for all of the early levels of the Language Pyramid. These videos target a wide range of vocal imitation skills, from imitating single syllables to imitating words and sentences. You will also find videos that model mimicking the speed, volume, tone, and pitch of vocalizations.
Requesting Skills support self-advocacy, including requesting items, asking for help, and requesting actions. Learning to request supports verbal interactions with others. We also offer videos that teach requesting with gestures, single words, and full sentences.
We use Labeling Skills to name objects or actions and their features, functions, and categories. These videos teach the names for everyday objects, actions, and body parts, plus labeling with adjectives, other parts of speech, and more. Videos in this category help students develop a strong vocabulary.
Pretend Play is a healthy part of every child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. These videos foster play skills and stimulate the imagination. They also teach appropriate play alone, with peers, and with adults.
Intraverbal & Critical Thinking
Intraverbal behavior refers to an individual’s ability to respond appropriately to all kinds of verbal communication. These videos use fill-in-the-blank questions to describe objects not present, make inferences, and to answer questions about people, places, events, and actions. These videos are appropriate for Level 3 or higher of the Language Pyramid.
Behavior Strategies help control disruptive behaviors, including stimming, echolalia, elopement, and inappropriate physical behavior. These skills teach appropriate behaviors and modeling responses to directive phrases.
Life Skills support independence, self-reliance, and general well-being. They model skills like potty training, telling that you’re hurt, crossing the street, making healthy snacks, helping with chores, and using common fasteners.
Social Skills model appropriate interaction and communication with others, both verbally and non-verbally. They build confidence and self-esteem by helping students communicate and relate with their peers, ask for help, share and take turns, understand gestures, and use socially polite phrases.
Feel free to preview any of the clips in our QuickStart Skills library before assigning them to your student. If you need help choosing, please schedule a call with one of our Product Specialists.