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60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More Seeing the Big Picture

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Book - 60 Social Situations and Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More Seeing the Big Picture

by: Lisa A. Timms

About the author:

Lisa Timms has an MS in Special Education from the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. She has worked alongside autistic individuals for many years in a variety of roles, and is now Learning Disabilities Coordinator at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. In the past, Lisa has held social skills classes and parent training sessions, and currently teaches special education courses for the education department at King's College. She resides in Pittston, PA.

ISBN: 978-1-84905-862-9

Year: 2011

Publication Info: 160pp


Teenagers and older children on the autism spectrum are, like everyone else, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction, but have much more difficulty in interpreting them. Reading cues such as sarcasm, idioms and body language often presents an impossible challenge, but this book of realistic and thought-provoking stories provides much needed help.

Written with both parent and teen in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the autism spectrum are likely to encounter. Each story is followed by questions such as ‘what else might he have done?’, ‘how do you think she felt?’ and ‘why do you think they were upset?’ along with practical tips for parents on how to initiate constructive discussions. As teens consider these questions with adults, they will begin to be able to put themselves into someone else’s shoes and think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them. This process will equip them to transfer this invaluable understanding and confidence to other everyday life situations.

Packed with 60 stories exploring real-life situations, this book will be an essential tool for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone else wishing to enable young people on the autism spectrum to acquire great social skills.



Introduction. 1. Self Esteem. 2. Problem Solving. 3. Friendships. 4. Dealing with Feelings. 5. Self-Control. 6. Conflict. 7. Family. 8. Community. 9. Relationships. 10. Cyber Safety. 11. Classroom Skills. 12. Job Skills. Appendix. Ways to Reduce Stress. Test Taking Skills.



The book is designed with teens on the autism spectrum and their parents in mind but has application for all teenagers as well as education and professional staff working with any young person on their social development and social understanding. The aim of the book is to provide positive, helpful and thought-provoking social situations and discussion starters and it does this successfully. It is easy to read and provides good discussion starters and topics that will help improve understanding of social situations for a variety of teens. It has application for parents, schools and professional staff working with young people on their social understanding and specifically teens on the autism spectrum, although its potential application to a broader population is possible… short, concise, practical yet comprehensive teaching tool that is easy to red.’


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