For social skills work: Easy instructions to download YouTube videos to your computer and play them back at good volume

[Follow THIS LINK HERE to another blog post which explains in detail about using YouTube videos in counseling with young people on the autism spectrum]

How to save YouTube videos to your own computer:

There are various free online services for this.  The one I use is  I have used it about a hundred times and it has performed flawlessly. Follow the steps below in the order I present them.

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Once you have taken these steps, the video is in your computer.  I often edit the videos at this point if I am going to use them a lot, to get to the “good parts” you want to use for your counseling and teaching.

How to make the videos loud enough to hear

Computers, especially laptops, have weak speakers.  A problem that often comes up with playing back videos on a computer, especially if you have a large group or a class, is inadequate volume.  I am happy to report that there is a small, cheap product out there that really does the job.  You plug it into your computer, and it recharges its batteries.  It has a volume control.  It can make your laptop loud enough for a small classroom.  The laptop picture at the top of this blog post has the Kinovo speaker attached.

Kinovo portable speaker, available for 20 or 25 dollars, fits in the palm of your hand.

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