Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD - Vol. 1

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD - Vol. 1

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD - Vol. 1

Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD, and NLD - Vol. 1

Synopsis

"Friendship, even for the most able, requires hard work, and the odds are heavily stacked against those with autism spectrum conditions. Designed for younger children, typically between the ages of two and eight, this comprehensive set of enjoyable activities emphasizes foundation skills such as social referencing, regulating behavior, conversational reciprocity and synchronized actions. The authors include many objectives to plan and evaluate a child's progress, each one related to a specific exercise. Suitable for parental use, the manual is also designed for easy implementation in schools and in therapeutic settings. A comprehensive website, free to purchasers, acts as companion to the book." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy like art. It has no survival value;
rather, it is one of those things that give value to survival."

- C.S. Lewis

"Things would be so much better if I could just find him one friend." Heroic parents desperately search for a peer who will accept and play with their son and daughter with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Non-Verbal Learning Disability. They dream that an understanding friend will serve as a crucial relationship bridge.

The sad truth is that you cannot acquire friends as if they were objects or possessions. And you cannot just place a child with severe social deficits in the presence of a typical peer or in a normal social setting and assume he will gain the skills and motivation to be a friend. Many people do not realize the complex integration of skills required for friendship. Unfortunately there are no shortcuts or easy solutions. Friendship, even for the most capable of us, requires hard work in order for us to obtain even minimal payoffs. And for those born with Autism, Asperger Syndrome or PDD, the odds are stacked against them from birth.

This is a collection of exercises based on the Relationship Development Intervention model (RDI). Our previous book Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle, described the intervention model and theory of RDI. The goal of this volume is to provide a comprehensive program for developing relationship skills with children with Asperger Syndrome, PDD, Autism or Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. A second volume Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults contains exercises suitable for adolescents and adults with similar problems. This volume is designed for younger children, typically those from the age of two, up to age eight or nine. It emphasizes foundation skills such as social referencing, regulating behavior, conversational reciprocity and synchronized actions. The activities are specifically written for younger children and cover Levels I - III in our six-level system. If you complete the activities in this volume and are ready to move on, you can purchase the . . .

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