The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism (Paperback) By Jed Baker Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with ASD to teach appropriate social behaviours. Colour photographs illustrate the 'right way' and 'wrong way' to approach each situation - and the positive/negative consequences of each. A facilitator - for example, a parent or teacher - is initially needed to explain each situation, and ask questions such as 'What is happening here?' Children then role-play skills until confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions. The Social Skills Picture Book is based on the premise that â€œseeing is learning.â€ It provides a teaching tool that â€œengages the attention and motivation of students who need help learning appropriate social skills,â€. It demonstrates through pictures nearly 30 social skills, such as conversation, play, emotion management and empathy. â€œChildren of all ages learn more effectively when pictures are used to supplement verbal descriptions and instructions,â€ the author Jed Baker contends. â€œItâ€™s particularly effective, or most helpful, when people build their own picture books, because they can see themselves in the book.â€ The book is not only valuable for autistic children. â€œWeâ€™ve discovered that what is helpful for kids with autism is also helpful for most kids,â€ explains Baker. â€œThatâ€™s because breaking down skills into basic components is a good way for all to learn social skills.â€ For example, thereâ€™s a picture in the book of two children at a lunchroom table, where one of them is eating. The book tells the child that, to be sociable, he first could ask a question about what the other student is doing. â€œWhat are you eating?â€ asks one. â€œA bagel,â€ answers the other. Then, the book tells the child it is beneficial (socially) to ask followup questions about the activity, like â€œHow does it taste?â€ â€œAlmost anyone can benefit from these basics,â€ explains Baker. â€œIf a child is not initiating play, talking to or looking at his peers, he may need parental and/or professional intervention, the earlier the better.â€ Most children need and usually want social skills to make friends, and, often, their level of happiness and productivity is dependant on these fundamentals. The Social Skills Picture Book attempts to teach these critical social skills by visually showing children what to do. Published: 15 January 2001 Format: Paperback 197 pages
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