Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Social Skills & Autism/Aspergers

Once again, Jed Baker has created resources that are invaluable.  Children on the spectrum struggle with social situation and are visual learners.  Using this information, Jed Baker has created two wonderful books 'The Social Skills Picture Book' and 'The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond'Both of these books have vivid pictures of real children, adolescents and adults in social situations. 

*TIP:  Parents, you can probably get by with just the book if you are using it with just your own child.  Therapists/Teachers, buy the CD in addition!  Both books have a CD that can be purchased with the books.  This CD allows you to print full color pages from your computer that are exactly like the pages of the book. 

'The Social Skills Picture Book'
This book is a great resource for children to learn a range of social skills.  Parents and professionals can read through the various sections of the book to discuss specific areas of need.  Introductions, appropriate greetings, empathy, play skills and emotional awareness are a few of the many topics.  This book features large pictures and short descriptions on each page to not overwhelm the individual with words.  Additionally, there are many examples highlighted of the 'right' and 'wrong' way to approach situations.  A variety of children are depicted in the pictures in many situations.  This book is a wonderful resource for any child with social difficulties whether on the spectrum or not!

'The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond'
This book is similar in the format of the previous book.  Being that the first social picture book features younger children, this is a great book for those adolescents that social situations may differ.  The High School book, shows older adolescents/teens that other individuals this age may identify with easier.  Although it is described for High School students, many of the situations and pictures would be appropriate for Middle Schoolers as well.  This book features similar topics around friendships, conversations and other social skills but also targets areas more specific to teens.  Some of these focus areas are with appropriate topics of conversation, dating, interviewing for jobs, giving class presentations, working in groups and much more.

Learn more about Jed Baker and order books here.  These books are a must have for those working on social skills.  The pictures are of great quality and much easier to understand than line drawings or written/verbal descriptions.  Amazon lets you see some of the pages inside the book by using their 'click to look inside'.  Take a peek on Amazon:  The Social Skills Picture Book  and The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond


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