The newest viral rage is the #mannequinchallenge. It is basically a live version of a freeze frame picture. All kinds of videos have been uploaded by sports teams, schools, SLPs at ASHA (check out this video on PandaSpeech’s instagram page HERE) and even this dog (he is amazing)! When my son showed them to me, I thought it was silly fun but then I started to think about how I could use these videos with my kids working on social skills. It combines a topic with social relevance (for the moment) that they can talk to their peers about AND the perfect tool to work on some social language concepts (most of my kids LOVE videos).
Each of the challenge videos are thematic, for example, sports, music, or school. Remember to preview first, just to make sure nothing “unexpected” pops up! Often they have funny poses or actions included and it is incredible that
almost no one moves. Each video lasts only a minute or two, and is the perfect length of time to use in a social skills lesson. You can use these videos to work on identifying the gestalt or “big picture” idea the video represents (what’s the setting or theme of the video?) and identify the clues that helped them make a smart guess. Then you can talk about what the people in the video might be thinking or feeling and identify the related non-verbal clues that they see (there isn’t anyone speaking in the videos). The lesson can extend to include predictions about what might happen next when the frozen actions come to life. Most of the videos end with all the people moving, laughing, or clapping to celebrate their successful completion of the challenge so pause it before that point, to make your predictions! If your kids are up to the challenge, you can make your own video and sneak in some working in groups skills too (shhhhhh)!
Here are a few of my favorites:
What are your favorite mannequin challenges that you have seen?