Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social Stories for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social Stories for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social Stories for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social Stories for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Synopsis

The Social Stories(TM) approach is widely acknowledged as a key technique for teaching social and life skills to children with autistic spectrum disorders. This text, endorsed by the originator of Social Stories(TM), Carol Gray, offers clear and comprehensive guidance for professionals, parents and carers on how to write successful and targeted Social Stories(TM) that will help develop the autistic spectrum child's understanding of social interaction.

The book outlines the kinds of social challenges that people with ASD may experience and highlights the importance of learning social skills in meaningful contexts. An extended review of the guidelines for writing Social Stories(TM) will help writers to structure and develop their stories. The authors explain the key elements and highlight the potential difficulties that a writer may encounter, while providing encouragement and guidance through the various stages of what is often a challenging process. They include examples from their own professional experience, and suggest ways in which the Social Stories(TM) approach may enhance other strategies. Helpful advice on presentation and implementation is provided.

Revealing the Hidden Social Code is essential reading for any professional, parent, carer or teacher wanting to employ Social Stories(TM) to develop social understanding in people with ASDs.

Excerpt

Social Stories™ are collectively a wonderful educational tool that enables those working on behalf of a child, adolescent, or adult with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to share information meaningfully and accurately about a variety of concepts, interactions, and situations. To accomplish this, each Social Story™ is written in a carefully personalized format and style, resulting in a friendly, unassuming document that possesses ten defining characteristics. First developed in 1991, Social Stories™ have aptly demonstrated their own sort of ‘social talent’ as evidenced by their ever increasing popularity and positive regard. Collectively, they have made it possible for moms, dads, aunts, uncles, teachers, social workers, therapists and many others to share a wide variety of important social information with those in their care. In the years since their introduction, experience and newly emerging research have taught us much about the writing, implementation, and effectiveness of Social Stories™. In turn, Social Stories™ have held informal, important and unexpected discoveries for those who write them – new insights into the often unique perspectives and untapped social abilities of individuals with ASDs. Revealing the Hidden Social Code is an interesting, enlightening, and reader-friendly summary of all this and more, as shared by two well-qualified professionals, Marie Howley and Eileen Arnold.

Every page of this book is evidence that Marie and Eileen genuinely understand and appreciate the significance of Social Stories™, and subsequently the information they share with you as a current or potentially future author of Social Stories™. Quite simply, they take writing and the . . .

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