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Revealing the Hidden Social Code

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The Social Stories approach is widely acknowledged as a key technique for helping people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) understand and become familiar with social and life skills. This book, recommended by the originator of Social Stories, Carol Gray, is an authoritative guide to writing and using successful and targeted Social Stories to develop understanding of social interaction.

The authors explain the key elements of Social Stories, review the guidelines for ...

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Overview

The Social Stories approach is widely acknowledged as a key technique for helping people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) understand and become familiar with social and life skills. This book, recommended by the originator of Social Stories, Carol Gray, is an authoritative guide to writing and using successful and targeted Social Stories to develop understanding of social interaction.

The authors explain the key elements of Social Stories, review the guidelines for writing them, and help writers to structure and develop their stories. They provide detailed guidance and encouragement for the different stages of what is often a challenging process, offering advice on presentation and suggestions for using the approach to enhance other strategies.

Revealing the Hidden Social Code is essential reading for any professional, parent, carer or teacher wanting to employ Social Stories to address the kinds of social challenges commonly experienced by people with ASDs.

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Developed by U.S. educator Carol Gray, the Social Stories approach is useful for teaching appropriate social interaction to people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A Social Story, according to the Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding, "describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format" and can effect three important outcomes: recognition of achievements, preparation for an event or activity, and correction of bad behavior. Howley (senior lecturer, Ctr. for Special Needs Education & Research, Univ. Coll. Northampton, U.K.) and Arnold (consultant and lecturer, Northamptonshire Soc. for Autism, U.K.) have written an excellent supplement to Gray's The New Social Story Book and My Social Stories Book (with Abbie Leigh White and Sean McAndrew); parents, caregivers, and professionals will find clear and succinct instructions for writing their own Social Stories, including helpful examples that convey increasingly complicated messages and yet are still effective for children with ASD. Strongly recommended for all public and academic libraries with autism or education collections.-Corey Seeman, Univ. of Toledo Libs., OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843102229
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/29/2005
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Foreword 9
1 Introduction and Rationale for Social Stories 13
2 Preparing to Write: Gathering Information 29
3 Sentences and Structure: Descriptive, Perspective and Directive Sentences 45
4 Advanced Social Stories 59
5 Presenting, Implementing and Monitoring 79
6 Introductory Social Stories and Complementary Strategies 101
7 Problem Solving and What to Do When Social Stories Do Not Work 127
Final Thoughts 145
Appendix 1 Checklist for Drafting a Social Story 146
Appendix 2 Checklist for Monitoring Individual Progress 147
Appendix 3 Checklist for Problem Solving 148
Appendix 4 Social Story Checklist 149
References 151
Subject Index 156
Author Index 160
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