Zeebu, Neek, Banya, and Jumby underneath rainbow

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Endorsements

Social Thinking

"Zeebu is a lovely program for parents, to help teach children who are emerging in language and social thinking, how to better understand core concepts of social learning. The slow introduction of concepts and exaggerated use of basic language, combined with social learning concepts, makes this a strong home learning tool. Parents will also enjoy learning the basics to help play with their children using the Zeebu puppet. I very much like how Zeebu is about what parents can encourage in the home environment."

Michelle Garcia Winner
Master of Arts
Certificate of Clinical Competency-Speech-Language Pathology

Parent and Child Enrichment Place

“I have spent over twenty-five years working with children with ASD and their families. A driving force behind my career has been the keen desire and determination to empower parents to feel confident and competent and regain their role as the vehicle of change in their child’s life. The Zeebu products provide parents with brilliant tools for social engagement and fun. For all children, social-emotional development is driven by the parents. The Zeebu products harness the powerful force within the child’s most trusted relationship: THE PARENTS. These products are clearly created by folks “in the trenches.” The products are designed with parents in mind and based on a breadth of knowledge about learning differences. And don’t forget: Playtime With Zeebu is fun!”

Kathi Calouri, Ph.D.
Developmental Psychologist
Clinical Director
Project PACE, Inc. and PACE Place

Heather Schwartz

"Playtime with Zeebu is a great facilitator of social interaction for parents and therapists alike. As someone who was very involved in the creation of this video, it was important for me to incorporate many of the strategies I employ with children daily. The products found here employ many of the strategies I recommend for families and teachers to enhance learning in their homes and classrooms – choice boards, calming strategies, problem solving, use of motivators, and schedules. I highly recommend teachers and parents to use "Playtime with Zeebu" by itself or in conjunction with any social curriculum/program that is currently being used."

Heather Schwartz
BS Psychology, MA in Early Childhood Special Education


Resource Links

Talk About Curing Autism Logo

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national organization dedicated to providing information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be. TACA has chapters in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington.
www.tacanow.com

National Autism Association

The National Autism Association is a parent-founded organization providing direct assistance to families through its unique programs including Family First, Helping Hand, FOUND and it's Progress Research Funds.
For more information visit www.nationalautismassociation.org.

Autism Inspiration

An on-line resource for parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum behaviors dedicated to providing a variety of resources including lesson plans, games, group activities, sensory integration ideas, forums, and other valuable tools and information to help teach children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Sensory Integration Disorder, and other related behaviors.
www.autisminspiration.com

Parent and Child Enrichment Place

Project P.A.C.E., Inc. (PACE) was founded in 1992 by Katherine A. Calouri, Ph.D. and Eric Hamblen, a husband and wife team, who have each spent over 20 years working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. Dr. Calouri earned her Ph.D. from UCLA where she supervised the Clinic for the Behavior Treatment of Children under the supervision of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. Eric Hamblen also worked with Dr. Lovaas. The inclusion of RDI™ (Relationship Development Intervention) into the PACE model was a natural addition. Eric Hamblen was supervised in his certification in RDI™ by Dr. Steve Gutstein. Steve Ryan was supervised in his certification in RDI™ by Dr. Rachelle Sheely. Kathi Calouri received her training in RDI™ from Dr. Rachelle Sheely.
For more information visit www.paceplace.org.

Heather Schwartz

"I have been an advocate, educator, and consultant supporting individuals (and their families) who have developmental disabilities for the past thirteen years. My experience includes, but is not limited to, supporting people with developmental disabilities in: residential treatment centers, educational settings, work settings, and in family homes. I specialize in the understanding and support of people with autism and other disabilities. Since each individual I work with is unique I pull from various sources of therapies to find which learning style works best for the individual. Each program I create is designed to help the individual to understand their environment, increase self esteem, and create independence."

Heather Schwartz
BS Psychology, MA in Early Childhood Special Education
For more information visit www.behavioriscommunication.com

Heather Schwartz

To learn more about social learning strategies, visit www.socialthinking.com. The content here will better equip your child to better understand points of view, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, prior knowledge and intentions of others; aka perspective taking or considering the perspective of others. These are the building blocks for social development and successful interaction with others.
For more information visit www.socialthinking.com


Testimonials

I am a speech language pathologist and former principal in the Danbury Public Schools (CT) with thirty years in education. I just wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you for your fabulous approach to supporting children with developmental needs such as ASD in communication. I am working with elementary aged children with ASD and have used Zeebu and his video as an anchor to teach the power of (his) eyes and how to calm oneself. I am so impressed with how you integrate puppetry and song, and how the context presentation is perfectly suited for processing. Students that have seen the video a year before will refer
Thank you again for such an extraordinary product,

Linda Siciliano, MA, CCC-SLP

Just wanted to let you know how amazing I think the Zeebu materials are! I've been doing social thinking with some young Aspergers students and Zeebu is a real hit with them. They love the non-threatening presentation of the skills and watch the DVD over and over, willing to pause and answer questions and fill out the T chart. They love the puppet and help act out scenarios with other puppets. I have to smile at the way you have used their perseverations to gain their attention, they all know Zeebu loves Solar System, Jumby loves trains, etc. When their attention wanders there is always something to bring them back--the numbers the songs, the words in the thought bubbles. It it absolutely brilliant! And Tia is adorable. The workbooks are excellent too. Please hurry and make some more DVDS and puppets of the other characters.

Lauren Shaeffer Foley, Florida

 

My daughter loves this DVD. She sings the songs during the day and asks to watch it. We play with the puppet and have a great time. The DVD is engaging and educational. We just love it!

Jenene Brickner, Washington


My daughter loves your DVD Playtime with Zeebu. The characters are lively, colorful, adorable, and she loves all the songs!... She has already connected with the puppets and would loves to see more DVD's...

Shelley Raptis, Texas


"He loved it! (Our son, age 7 ASD)... and his sister (typical child age 5) still use their "5" deep breaths to calm their bodies. That in itself was worth the price! It's been a big help, thank you!"

Kerri Moreau, New Hampshire


"...I...love using it (EYE POWER) to teach my clients about thoughts... It is really helpful. I love this program."

Christine Thompson, CCC-SLP


"I recently purchased your "Playtime with Zeebu" DVD and puppet at a Michelle Garcia Winner/Carole Gray conference. The DVD is WONDERFUL! Very well done! My kids were mesmerized and smiling (six year-old with Aspergers Syndrome and neuro-typical three year-old)."

Laura Miller, Portland OR


"Josh (my son diagnosed with PDD-NOS) will hand me train tracks while watching Zeebu and ask me to play with him. It's really opened his eyes to sharing and taking turns. Just wanted to say thank you for making this DVD...I would recommend this DVD to any parent!"

Beth Marshall



Reviews

Matthew's Puzzle

"Next I decided to introduce Matthew to Zeebu the puppet. He immediately took to it. He wanted to carry Zeebu around the house and he was very excited when I put Zeebu on my hand and Zeebu started to ask him questions. He really responded to Zeebu, so much so that I was actually taken by surprise. I had not expected such a response from him. I tried a few of the ideas from the User's Guide such as having Zeebu ask Matthew how he was feeling and engaged him in pretend play."

Read the full review at: Matthew's Puzzle