Social Fortune or Social Fate

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December, 2011
MIchelle Garcia Winner
Pamela Crooke
2011
Social Fortune or Social Fate

Social Fortune or Social Fate: A Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers is a creatively written resource that would appeal to teenagers on the autism spectrum. The authors make use of the graphic novel form to translate a complex social concept (perspective taking) into concrete strategies for socially competent behaviour through the use of social behaviour mapping.

The novel presents 10 social scenarios using anime style cartoon strips, 3 characters, maps, hidden letters and emotion meters to illustrate the consequences of good or unexpected choices for the characters in the novel. The novel provides an opportunity for students to actively engage in social thinking, discover the consequences of their choices - either Fortune (good choice) or Fate (unexpected choice) - and why they matter.

This book would be suitable for a student to read on his/her own or discuss with a group. It could also be a conversation starter for a discussion about some of the student’s own life choices.

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Social Thinking Worksheets for Tweens and Teens

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December, 2011
Michelle Garcia Winner
2011
Social Thinking  Worksheets for Tweens and Teens

This book is an excellent resource to be used in conjunction with some of Michelle’s previously published resources Thinking About You, Thinking About Me and Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School–age Students.

This resource provides a series of thought provoking activities for students who experience difficulty with social communication. Most students on the autism spectrum require additional support and coaching to figure out the rules of social behaviour. These series of work sheet activities covers a variety of complex topics pertinent to teenagers such as problem solving, dealing with emotions, friendship, and group participation. It provides concrete examples to assist the student in better understanding these concepts as well as strategies the student can use to become more socially competent.

The lessons in Social Thinking Worksheets for Tweens and Teens are suitable to be used by SLPs, teachers and parents in helping students make sense of the social sphere of teenage hood

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The Autism Checklist

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November, 2011
Paula Kluth
John Shouse
2009
The Autism Checklist

The Autism Checklist provides practical information for families or educators to assist in understanding and supporting children with Autism and Asperger’s syndrome in home and school settings.

The book is divided into several sections. The first chapter provides general information about Autism and Asperger’s syndrome including differences in development associated with Autism and strategies to address the identified differences as well as helpful resources such as other books and websites. The Parents' Checklists section provides information about considerations that may be required in the family setting such as safety issues. The Teachers' Checklists provide specific information and strategies for setting up a supportive classroom community and teaching strategies to support students on the Autism spectrum.

Each Checklist section has several pages of pertinent information on each topic presented in point form which makes this book an easy read for busy parents and teachers. The index provides an opportunity to quickly find the topics of interest for parents or educators.

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Just Give Him the Whale! 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism

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October, 2011
Paula Kluth
Patrick Schwarz
2008
20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Studen

Students with autism often have interests or obsessions in a variety of topics such as trains, bugs, movies, dinosaurs or whales. Frequently these interests are seen as interfering with learning and are discouraged. This book provides insight into positive ways that school staff and families can utilize these “fascinations” and students’ strengths as tools to enhance their skills in a variety of important developmental areas. Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz suggest that these fascinations can assist students in developing academic skills such as literacy or math skills, developing communication and social skills, and relaxation skills.

Each of the twenty chapters provides practical strategies as to how to incorporate the student’s strengths, interests and fascinations to enhance a specific area of development. First hand accounts from persons with autism, teachers and parents provide descriptions of a variety of “fascinations” and interests, their affects on the individual or strategies used to address them. The two appendices provide a question and answer section to clarify the points presented in the book as well as additional autism resources.

“Just Give Him the Whale” 20 Ways to use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism provides valuable insight and practical strategies for addressing an often misunderstood area of autism.

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Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

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September, 2011
Peg Dawson, EdD
Richard Guare, PhD
2008
Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

This is a practical and informative resource for any parent or teacher who wants to learn more about executive skills.

This book contains a wealth of information on what executive skills are, how they typically develop, and how the environment can contribute to their development. This resource will also help parents and teachers come up with strategies to address a specific problem task or executive skill. Each executive skill is individually described and brief rating scales are included to determine where a child is at in terms of skill development.

Overall, a very user friendly resource.

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Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

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August, 2011
Simone Ruby
2010
Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome

Rudy Simone is an Asperger Syndrome Consultant and what she terms an “Aspergirl”. Rudy’s book addresses the critical need for improved diagnosis of this syndrome in girls as the majority of information and understanding of AS relates primarily to boys. Rudy covers a wide variety of topics that impact the lives of young women with AS, who, without a proper diagnosis, remain confused and overwhelmed by the world with which they have to contend. Rudy includes personal anecdotes from thirty-five other women with AS in her frank discussions about such topics as the need for personal awareness, good hygiene, healthy living, a good education, personal safety, medications, and relationships. Rudy offers Aspergirls and women practical considerations on how to navigate the world with the challenges they encounter. She also has words of advice for parents to help their daughters foster healthy and productive lives.

This book offers refreshing insights into an area of AS that has been overlooked for far too long.

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Who's Who of the Brain: A Guide to Its Inhabitants, Where they Live and What they Do

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September, 2014
Kenneth Nunn
Tanya Hanstock
Bryan Lask
May, 2008
Who's Who of the Brain: A Guide to Its Inhabitants, Where they Live and What they Do

Welcome to the community of Cephalton-upon-RIdge. Cephalton-upon-RIdge is broken into 3 districts: Uptown, Midtown and Downtown. It also happens to be a metaphor for the brain in the book, "Who's Who of the Brain", a funny and comprehensive look into the human brain, its parts, the function of those parts and the ways those parts are connected.

For anyone interested in learning more about the brain, this is an easy read as you learn about the "residents" of Cephalton-upon-RIdge. Residents such as Fredrick Foresight (the Frontal Lobes), Annie Almond (the Amygdala) and Frank FInesse (the cerebellum) bring to life the different areas of the brain.

Readers learn about where each 'character' resides, how they work in relation to their 'neighbours', their 'appearance' and 'personality'. Illustrations of each character and diagrams of the brain itself will enhance your learning. A "when things go wrong" section describes what dysfunction would look like for each part of the brain. You will look at the brain in a whole new light after this memorable read.

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How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out

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June, 2011
Alex J. Packer
2007
How Rude!: The Teenagers' Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossi

In this book, Alex Packer not only provides a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts for teenagers, but also clearly explains the history of and need for manners to insure healthy societies. As students are so greatly influenced by technology, TV, peers, and advertising, this book is very appropriate because it speaks clearly and humorously to teenagers at their level. Students as young as ten and eleven who have been introduced to this guide learn to appreciate what is expected of them and why their behaviour can significantly influence their successes or failures. It is important to realize that students come from a wide range of backgrounds and do not come with a manual as to what is expected of them in group situations. Thus, it is incumbent upon adults to insure that all students, including those with ASD, understand the rules for getting along. Packer’s information is both relevant and personal for the youth of today as Parker gained much of it from teenagers themselves. Teenagers reported on topics that included the ten rudest behaviours that occur in class, at sleepovers, or on dates. Parker also elicited their opinions on the ten best behaviors in these and other situations. This is a book that can help eliminate the ‘nagging’ factor by parents and teachers.

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Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

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May, 2011
Cohen, M.J.
Sloan, D.I.
2007
Visual Supports for People with Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Ensuring that visual supports are available and accessible has long been recognized as an effective means for scheduling, defining tasks, increasing accountability, and promoting independence in individuals with ASD. This resource provides over 140 examples and illustrations of visual supports and demonstrates how they can be used to accommodate learning across the spectrum of students with ASD. The authors also include effective teaching strategies that can help increase academic, daily living, and self-help skills. This book offers a myriad of applications of visual supports that greatly enhance learning opportunities for students.

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Self - Help Skills for People with Autism: A Systematic Teaching Approach

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April, 2011
Anderson, S.R, Jablonski, A.L., Thomeer, M.L., Knapp, V.M.
2007
Self- Help Skills for People with Autism; A Systematic Teaching Approach

Today’s information on ASD primarily focuses on communication, social, and academic skills. Although these skills are critical for success, we cannot neglect the importance of addressing basic life skills that increase independence and enhance social mobility. The authors of this book provide parents and professionals with a systematic method for planning and teaching basic skills in a very readable format. In addition, these techniques are based on scientifically proven methods of applied behaviour analysis. The book provides a rationale for teaching basic skills such as toileting, eating habits, and personal hygiene to individuals who are anywhere from the 24 month to teenage skill level. The authors address the importance of motivation, provide proven techniques for increasing skills, and clearly define ways to chart progress. Case studies help address real challenges that parents and caregivers face. This is a practical and invaluable resource.

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