Good Friend Video
“We ALL Fit”, released in 2014, has a run-time of approximately 15 minutes, plus a 4-minute reinforcing music video (see link below). Following a year's worth of input via a Community Conversation and the recommendations of independent researchers, plus the experience of having served tens of thousands of students and educators, Good Friend co-founder Chelsea Budde wrote the script for the short narrative. Designed to create awareness and answer basic questions about ASD for elementary-aged students, the film also leaves viewers with social-emotional "tools for their toolbox". Director and Good Friend co-founder Denise Schamens works with a cast and crew of 38 to bring the story of five students with ASD to life, co-narrated by an upper elementary student (Anna Schamens) and the school's principal (Sue Vock).
The video is most effective when shown as part of a Peer Sensitivity Workshop. We encourage schools, parents, PTAs/PTOs, teachers, camp directors, churches, support groups, medical and dental offices, and service organizations that cater to children (i.e., restaurants, hotels, theme parks, etc.) to invest in this important product. Inclusion expert Paula Kluth, Ph.D., says, "This short video not only offers ideas for building community in the classroom, but provides opportunities for all learners to build communication, collaboration, teaching, and advocacy skills. With each viewing, every member of the classroom can learn something new about getting and giving support, about friendship, and about true inclusion.
For middle schools serving grades 6 through 8, Good Friend produced an award-winning film specifically by and for them. "Choosing To Be a GFF [Good Friend Forever]" is a 15-minute, tech-savvy production loaded with positive social emotional themes for autism awareness and peer acceptance. Symptoms of autism are explained by seven 12- to 15-year-old students with ASD in their real-life accounts, narrated by 13-year-old Ellise Trewyn. Friends and siblings of students with ASD also lend their voices, making the video a powerful and effective bullying prevention tool.
Good Friend Individualized Classroom Presentations are the best platform form for showing "Choosing To Be a GFF", but teachers and counselors are welcome to use the DVD as part of their existing curriculum, whether in Science (genetics, human development, neurology), Language Arts (character analysis), or Health (social emotional well-being, relationships, disability awareness) classes.
Choosing To Be a GFF (Good Friend Forever)
"We ALL Fit" by The Figureheads
Good Friend 2-disc set: Elementary & Middle School DVDs
Good Friend DVD - Middle School
Good Friend DVD - Elementary
$52 ($39 with membership)