First Impressions Complete

First Impressions Complete

Your students won’t get a second chance to make a good first impression. Clear, step-by-step demonstrations of people skills by making a good first impression with cleanliness/hygiene, grooming, dress, and attitude.

Without awareness and training, many students with developmental, learning, and emotional challenges are especially vulnerable to the “First Impression Effect”. We all do it. We quickly size people up. Within a few minutes of meeting someone (more likely seconds), we start to make judgments about their personality, their character and their values. If our first impressions are positive, we’re more likely to accept and like the person. If our first impressions are negative, we’ll avoid the newcomer socially or, if we’re an employer, eliminate them from job consideration.

There are four basic things that make an immediate impression on someone else: cleanliness/hygiene, grooming, dress, and attitude. The wrong impression in any of these areas may cause your students to be undervalued and dismissed. With the right impression, they will be given a chance to prove themselves. First Impressions was developed from hundreds of sources of information, including interviews with experts in the fields of hygiene, fashion, dermatology, and psychology. With the help of our “VideoModels” and our on-screen medical experts, your students will see clear, step-by-step demonstrations of essential everyday hygiene practices and will be brought “up to speed” in the four key areas that make up a first impression.

First Impressions strips away misconceptions and myths, takes on media hype, and brings you the latest research. The series features the wildly popular Stanfield Comedy Players, which let students learn by watching the laughable behaviors of others. Using comedy to teach wince-worthy lessons reduces their bite and helps students feel less self-conscious when they discover they’ve done many of the same things. Learning simple “First Impression” skills could be enough to tilt the odds in your students’ favor and convince others to give them a chance to prove themselves.

The series features our dental consultant, Dr. Steven Subject, DDS who motivates students to care for their teeth by emphasizing the relationship between good dental care and “kissable” breath. Also featured is our medical consultant, Dermatologist Gary Novatt, MD, who helps students separate fact from fiction and TV hype from really good hygiene. Finally, our fashion consultant, Jennifer Chapman teaches students how to create a mistake-proof wardrobe and discusses special dressing issues for students with physical disabilities.

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First Impressions Complete

13 Videos

  • FI - Mod 1 Female Hygiene - Ep 1

    Students learn the meaning and myth of hygiene. They will identify the benefits of practicing good hygiene. Students will also learn the techniques involved in taking a good shower.

  • FI - Mod 1 Female Hygiene - Ep 2

    Students will learn when and where to apply deodorant, why women shave and receive instructions for shaving legs and underarms with an electric shaver, and the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of disease including when and how to wash. Students will also learn good hygiene associa...

  • FI - Mod 1 Male Hygiene - Ep 1

    Students learn the meaning and myth of hygiene. They will identify the benefits of practicing good hygiene. Students will also learn the techniques involved in taking a good shower.

  • FI - Mod 1 Male Hygiene - Ep 2

    Students will learn when and where to apply deodorant, why women shave and receive instructions for shaving legs and underarms with an electric shaver, and the importance of hand washing to prevent the spread of disease including when and how to wash. Students will also learn good hygiene associa...

  • FI - Mod 2 Female Grooming - Ep 1

    Students will learn the meaning of grooming and the basics of hair care including, recognizing when to get a haircut, selecting and communicating with the hair stylist, choosing a "wash and wear" hair style, caring for straight or curly hair, styling and caring for African-American hair, selectin...

  • FI - Mod 2 Male Grooming - Ep 2

    Students will learn the fundamentals of shaving with an electric shaver, skin care, nail care, and dental care basics.

  • FI - Mod 2 Male Grooming - Ep 1

    Students will learn the meaning of grooming and the basics of hair care including, recognizing when to get a haircut, selecting and communicating with the hair stylist, choosing a "wash and wear" hair style, caring for straight or curly hair, styling and caring for African-American hair, selectin...

  • FI - Mod 2 Female Grooming - Ep 2

    Students will learn the simple "mistake proof" makeup tips, skin care, nail care, nail polish "tips," and dental care basics.

  • FI - Mod 3 Dress - Ep 1

    Students will learn the importance of "packaging" in selling anything and how dress affects others see us. Student will learn to identify the FIVE key elements to consider when choosing clothes: fit, condition, coordination, appropriateness, and accessories.

  • FI - Mod 3 Dress - Ep 2

    Students will learn to identify "neutral"vs. "other colors," the benefits of a "classic style," the social and practical advantages of buying high status "brand name" apparel, basic style of footwear (different for males and females), basic pieces of a "mistake-proof" wardrobe (different for male...

  • FI - Mod 4 Attitude - Ep 1: Meeting the Front Office

    Students will define what "attitude" means, give examples of "bad" or undesirable attitudes and "good" or desirable attitudes, recognize behaviors associated with bad and good attitudes, model behaviors associated with a good attitude, understand that the job interview starts the minute you walk ...

  • FI - Mod 4 Attitude - Ep 2: Meeting the Boss

    Students will see examples of "bad" or undesirable attitudes and "good" or desirable attitudes at a job interview, recognize behaviors associated with bad and good attitudes at a job interview, model behaviors associated with a good attitude at a job interview, understand that the job interview s...

  • FI - Mod 4 Attitude - Ep 3: Meeting People

    Students will recognize behaviors associated with an attitude of respect, enthusiasm, and being positive. Students will also learn to model behaviors associated with a good attitude while conversing with someone: good body language, pleasing tone of voice, normal rate of speech, and appropriate m...