Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Navigating the Social World": A Curriculum for Individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, High Functioning Autism and Related Disorders

"Navigating the Social World'"s title alone sums up what those on the spectrum are attempting to do.  This is a confusing world that has social and communication guidelines that are usually picked up on by others and don't have to be taught.  Often in our society we have unspoken rules that are very difficult for those on the autism spectrum to figure out. 

This book is intended for those that are working with children, adolescents and adults with high functioning autism (HFA)/Asperger's. It is great for parents and teachers alike.  I think it makes it quite clear how to teach things that come natural to most other individuals.  The author is a parent of a child with high functioning autism and was able to use her real life experiences to help others.  In the introduction to the book the author talks about the different areas associated with autism that contribute to many challenges such as: difficulties understanding theory of mind (recognizing other people's perspectives), abstract concepts, identifying emotions, stress and organization. 

"Navigating the Social World" tackles many areas of communication and social need.  Breaking down emotions and how to read others, rules within conversations, figures of speech and understanding the meaning of what the person is saying, to name a few.  This book is full of strategies of how to work on these different areas and how to practice many of these skills before being put into that situation. In the back of the book it also includes helpful worksheets, scales and charts to be reprinted.  Overall, this is a wonderful book and a needed resource for those with HFA and/or Asperger's. 


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