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Learning About Friendship Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

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Book - Learning About Friendship Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

by: K.I. Al-Ghani

About the author:

K. I. Al-Ghani is a special educational needs teacher who has worked for more than 35 years in the field of education. She is currently a specialist teacher for inclusion support and is involved with training professionals, students and parents in aspects of ASD. As an author and a mother of a son with ASD - the illustrator Haitham Al-Ghani - she has spent the last 25 years researching the enigma that is autism.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-145-3

Year: 2010

Publication Info: 144pp


Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) can struggle more than most. This collection of ten fully-illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children with ASD aged four to eight and looks at how they can be overcome successfully.

Key problem areas are addressed, including sharing, taking turns, being a tattletale, obsessions, winning and losing, jealousy, personal space, tact and diplomacy, and defining friendship. The lively and entertaining stories depersonalize issues, allowing children to see situations from the perspective of others and enabling them to recognize themselves in the characters. This opens the door to discussion, which in turn leads to useful insight and strategies they can practise and implement in the future. Each story has a separate introduction for adults which explains the main strategies within it.

This book will be a valuable resource for all parents and teachers of children with ASD, along with their friends and families, and anybody else looking to help children on the spectrum to understand, make and maintain friendships.



Introduction. 1. The Dinosaurs: A Story About Starting School and Learning to Share. Overview. Story. 2. Spit and Chase: A Story About Joining in Playground Games. Overview. Story. 3. Golden Hour: A Story About Winning/Losing, Taking Turns and Managing Anger. Overview. Story. 4. Timothy Tattletale: A Story About When to Tell. Overview. Story. 5. Too Much Thomas the Tank Engine: A Story About Obsessions. Overview. Story. 6. Ablutions: A Story About Personal Hygiene. Overview. Story. 7. Space Invaders: A Story About Personal Space. Overview. Story. 8. Billy Blunt: A Story About Using Tact and Diplomacy. Overview. Story. 9. The Barbie Club: A Story About Being Taken Advantage Of. Overview. Story. 10. The Beach Ball: A Story About Jealousy and What Makes a Friend. Overview. Story. Appendix: Useful Books and Resources.



Each chapter starts with an explanation to the adult, parent or carer and raises awareness of some of the common pitfalls. This is then followed by a social story to illustrate how they can be overcome. I enjoyed both aspects f these scenarios for several reasons… it is apparent from the text that her intuitive approach works – she gets the quirks and triggers – in that although you are working on one particular skill, there acan be lotw of other issues that interfere with the main plan… she reveals parental errors in a kindly manner. We know our mistakees, or some of them at least, and she understands why we made them… she used our childrens’ most common obsessions in the social stories – which is a great short cut for us parents as we don’t need to re-write them to fit our children- thank you!… I would recommend this book, althought as I already said, it’s designed for high functioning and asperger children, many of the social stoires are easily adaptable for other children… As a final note it would be remiss of me not to mention the illustrations that accompany the stories which are clear cut, black and white line drawing – perfect for my guys who always (used to) had a hard time withn photographs of real people and color pictures. The’re a wonderful and useful addition that complement the stories rather than detract form them. It wasn’t so long ago that there were whole shelves of books which were off limits because the pictures triggered all kinds of unpleasantness.


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