Mike's Crush

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Quick Overview

A curriculum about social relationships for teens with autism or other special needs.

This 8-lesson curriculum/video program teaches teens with autism and special needs how establish healthy and safe relationships with their peers, including friendship and romantic relationships.

Students learn how to identify positive and negative body language, recognize when peers do or don’t want to be friends and understand social and legal lines that must not be crossed.

Created by an expert in the field, the program uses proven techniques for teaching special needs youth, including a 2-part video story that models desired behavior. The lessons can be taught by regular school staff and can be easily adapted as needed. Program details here.

Mike's Crush

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The Mike’s Crush curriculum and videos include:

 Evidenced based treatments as defined by the National Autism Center’s National Standards Project   

  • A “bad day” and a “good day” video that demonstrate the right and wrong way to approach a girl (or boy) that you have a crush on
  • Multiple activities that practice healthy relationship skills
  • Lessons designed to be fun and engaging
  • Eight teacher tested lessons within a detailed 112 page curriculum
  • Detailed instructions for teachers to support in teaching this material

Target Audience: All middle and high school special education classes and related services including; special education, learning support, and emotional support teachers, guidance counselors, health teachers, social workers, speech pathologists, psychologists, and behavior consultants.

Other professionals using the Mike’s Crush curriculum are; therapists, community based behavior consultants, professionals working with problematic/ offending sexual behavior, community based socialization groups, sexuality educators, organizations and agencies that provide services to adolescents and young adults who are on the autism spectrum, have learning or intellectual disabilities.

Mike’s Crush DVD and Curriculum


  • 2 videos:   Mike’s Very Bad Day  ( 9:38 minutes )
                        Mike’s Good Day at School (7:09 minutes)
  •  5 separate video chapters that compare Bad Day and Good Day segments;
  • 112 page teacher’s manual with detailed teacher instructions, eight lessons;
  • student assessment, worksheets, quizzes, blank script, and the video scripts.
  • All handout materials are included on the DVD. Videos are closed captioned
  • Recommended for ages 11-24
  • Classroom tested for middle and high school students who have learning and intellectual disabilities as well as students on the autism spectrum.

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