Frequently Asked Questions Puppet Academy Tool

FAQs

for Health Professionals

for Educators

for Families

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FAQs for Health Professionals:

Puppet Academy is a live puppet show created by the children. It enables them to learn teaming, plan their performance creatively, dialogue, record their show and re-play it! Choosing from various puppets, and a narrator puppet if desired, children then improve critical thinking, teamwork and social skills. The child is motivated to learn the “game” by playing with the puppets to express themselves and create their story.
Absolutely. It can be used across various caseloads including communication, family dynamics, social needs be it rehabilitation, prevention or health promotion. It can be used exclusively with the health professional, as a demonstration for parents and sharing practice at home, school and clinic. At-home practice is shared directly with you for continuous improvement and monitoring. This enables you to practice specific strategies or curriculums at the client’s pace. The multiplayer version allows for virtual teams.
Puppet Academy uses novel practice at home as a transitional step to real life practice.  Home based performances can be sent to the dashboard for feedback to further shape real life practice.  Of course, the tool can be used at any stage of practice with the clinician, with a group or at home but is especially useful as a tool to facilitate generalization.
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Puppet Academy is an adjunctive tool to support your goals and strategies. True enough, it uses popular game controllers to manipulate the puppets but that’s where the gaming component ends, and the child-led active performance begins. Uniquely, children create their own performances at home, in the clinic or at school. Each performance is novel, initiated and completed by the child’s team. Puppet Academy is a conduit that drives collaboration between teachers, health professionals, and parents with the child.
Yes. Our hosting provider maintains ongoing cloud-based compliance in accordance with US and Canadian regulations. See terms of reference and download our recommended template, or use your own, for further compliance and privacy regulations necessary for health professionals to assume with families for exchange of information as required by your region and professional certification guidelines.
Puppet Academy is easy to use. Watch the demo video and suggestions for use. Children enjoy controlling the puppet action while talking to create their own show!
Yes! Puppet Academy has a dashboard that allows for performance storage, re-play and sharing. All the performances are saved and can be accessed at any time.
Yes, you can provide demonstration lessons or evaluate clinical training or QA by providing feedback through the dashboard.
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FAQs for Teachers:

Puppet Academy provides a motivating child-led performance that combines the 4C’s standard of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity across curriculum objectives. Teachers and specialists alike can collaborate together through a dashboard to share information with students, families and others virtually. Cloud-based sharing is protected through the host’s compliance and privacy regulations. Please read the recommended terms of agreement and sample template for sharing information within your school, district and region.
Yes. We have video and suggestion documents. We invite your feedback to always update and focus on the needs of your community. You can access these through the dashboard (click here)
Puppet Academy provides a closer relationship between the classroom and the family. Whether it is homework practice, a project, novel study, creative storytelling, role playing characters, cultural routines or debating, families can support their children’s home-based work.
We understand that curriculum demands a lot of its educators. The Puppet Academy dashboard helps you provide the direction, monitor progress and assess outcome using their own rubric across their academic lessons be it within the classroom or virtually. Suggestions are available for developing teamwork, creative planning, and performance. You can also record sessions to share with families and other educators.
Yes! Puppet Academy can be used with 1-4 children at any given time. We recommend teaming since it is a child-led tool. Children can play together in a classroom on one or more computers or virtually through a multi-player platform. Children can play with other students across various classroom lessons. You can create specific lessons, and record these for future use or home use, for one or many students. If parents have access to Puppet Academy at home, you can work together to ensure the child practices these while home. Puppet Academy has multi-plater functionality to encourage collaboration at home. It also has a sharing feature that encourages children to play with their friends.
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FAQs for Families:

Families, educators and health professionals report that children are losing social communication skills, vocabulary, working with others and creative experiences that are child-led. Our goal is to stimulate their creativity and communications skills through Puppet Academy. Puppet Academy engages play that may be used with the family and friends, together at home or virtually. Children ask to play over and over. It’s their performance! They love to share it.
While Puppet Academy stimulates gaming as it leverages the popular game controller to engage the puppets, it is a “game” with a purpose. Puppet Academy’s controller is what motivates the child to focus on lessons at home, and practice on their own. It specifically stimulates skills development in communication, creativity, collaboration and creative thinking. Puppet Academy is a conduit that drives collaboration between you and professionals invested in your child’s development.
Absolutely. Children like to play virtually with family and friends. They may want to share a special experience, act out a novel story or simply dialogue together in a fun, entertaining way. You can play along with your child by both being different characters in the play. You simply need to ensure you have 2 controllers.
It is our recommendation that you oversee performances for content, use, and own and actively participate in your child’s experience.
Absolutely. Two to four children can play along with your child being different characters in the play, as long as they have a controller. Whether the children are in the same room, or different homes, Puppet Academy can be played in real time across multiple platforms.
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Whether you are looking for a fun and engaging family digital product for playing at home, a health professional looking to extend clinical strategies with family partners, or an educator seeking communication tools to advance curricular guidelines.