New DVD Series, "Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse," Helps Teach Interaction Skills to Children with Autism - Debuts for April's National Autism Month

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The release of 'Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse" launches a new series of DVDs, which are aimed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Created and produced by parents of a child with autism, the initial title in the release "Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse: Volume 1: Expressing Yourself " will be released April 1 for April's National Autism Month

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- Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), often experience difficulty with common social skills like communication and interaction, but that's not to say they can't overcome the frustration, conquer the fear, adapt to new situations and take part in everyday activities that mark the joys of childhood. Enter the invaluable developmental tool, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse, the new DVD series available April 1, 2008 for National Autism Month.

Produced by NoteAbilities Inc., Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse is a series of DVDs that helps teach children with ASD social techniques and self-care through music, games and stories. Featuring Kibbles, a loveable dog puppet, his friends Handy Sam and Angela, and a cast of engaging, adorable children, the series teaches basic life skills through true-to-life examples and situations, interactive exercises and original songs even the youngest viewers can sing along to. Fostering a child's independence and catering to their strengths, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse is an excellent tool to help them develop into confident individuals.

Join the clubhouse gang in "Volume 1: Expressing Yourself" as they learn how to say hello and goodbye, reinforcing the importance of making eye contact and a physical connection (a wave, a handshake, a high-five); follow a set schedule and adapt to the various activities; make masks representing different emotions and learn how to recognize what others are feeling by reading body language and vocal tone; learn how to use your words to let people know how you feel or what you want; and learn how to accept that things that don't always go your way so you never chance missing out on anything fun!

Along with instructional repetition and interactive exercises (Kibbles takes viewers into his secret world with games that help the lessons stick) and backed with positive reinforcement, encouraging support and fun music and songs, Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse is waiting to share its knowledge and good times with children of varying abilities.

Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse came about when parents Scott and Ann Leslie noticed their son, who is autistic, responded to such programs as Blue's Clues, but they couldn't find any other products in the children's media market that specifically captured his interests in a fun and motivating way. So they met with experts in speech therapy and music therapy, who were also active in the autism community, to create a company to produce products for children on the autism spectrum.

Together, with project consultants Angela Neve, MT-BC, NMT (who stars as Angela in the program), and Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, co-founders of The Music Therapy Center of California in San Diego; and Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP, a Speech-Language Pathologist, they formed NoteAbilities, Inc. to create and produce Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse.

Future titles planned for release by the company are "Volume 2: Self-Care," "Volume 3: Being a Helper," "Volume 4: Manners," "Volume 5: Outings," "Volume 6: Move Your Body" and "Volume 7: Friends."

Each Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $24.95 and includes a free CD of the original music and sing-along songs, which can be sung Karaoke style. Recommended for ages 2-7, the programs are approximately 42 minutes each. Special features include a bonus Kibbles World segment; Kibbles Karaoke; a discussion about the "Therapeutic Benefits" of speech and music therapy; "Parent Teaching Tools," a how-to guide; and "Parents' Inspiration," a message from creators Scott and Ann Leslie.

For more information or to order Kibbles Rockin' Clubhouse DVDs, call toll free 1-866-552-9032.

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