What about Social Skills? How do we teach social societal acceptability to children with an autism spectrum disorder? Developing and repeating teaching scenarios daily allowing children with social communication challenges to learn what societal expectations are is difficult.
Now, Dr. Jed Baker not only has a book for designed for young children with social communication challenges, but also developed “The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond.” Inside are photographs of people in social situations. Each situation sets the stage for the interaction, shows the correct response or action and the incorrect response. Each is reinforced with a bright color indicator. For example, the correct response photographs are indicated within a frame of soft blue-violet; the incorrect framed in bright red indicting “stop” (if you will).
Before even diving into the social skills picture book, Dr. Baker gives thoughtful sections of ‘Before You Begin’, ‘The Autism Spectrum and the Importance of Visual Aids’, ‘About Social Skills Picture Books’ and ‘Generalization of Skills’. The Social Skills Picture Book is divided into sections of ‘Nonverbal Cues / Body Language’, ‘Conversation’, ‘Building and Maintaining Friendships’ and ‘Dealing with School and Work’.
Just as young adults, found themselves intrigued by the pictures in the first Social Skills Picture Book for younger children, I’ve found my younger children are intrigued by the photos and social situations presented in this book. We have gone through this a number of times, their attention grabbed for extended periods of time while we look at the situations depicted in this book and I describe what’s happening. Because of this, I look forward to reading and reviewing The Social Skills Picture Book designed for young children.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Dr. Jed Baker. After hearing him speak at the Autism and Asperger’s SuperConference hosted by Future Horizons and reading his book, “No More Meltdowns”, I believe Dr. Baker puts a great deal of care, insight and experience into each of his books and other learning materials. As such, I can again highly recommend “The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond” by Dr. Jed Baker for older children and young adults with social communication challenges.
About The Author:
Having earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, Dr. Jed Baker is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school districts where, nearly two decades ago, he organized a group to help children with social communication problems. That group expanded and ultimately became the Social Skills Training Project under Dr. Baker’s directorship. Dr. Baker also lectures all over the world on social skills training. His work has been featured on ABC News and Nightline.
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