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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 Pi

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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.

'The book is unusually easy to read and follow with no jargon or complex ideas to grapple with... I felt this book was one of the easiest to use and was intelligently designed can be applied in any order. In so many of the other books in this field one has to work through in linear fashion, which is automatically a barrier. Many teens are unwilling to give a lot of time to yet another activity in their already busy lives. In this book a specific problem can be dealt with in isolation which is a real asset... I would recommend this book as a starting point for any parent wanting to help their teen develop their understanding of social situations. It will help then identify areas of their behaviour and reactions that might be unhelpful and what is helpful'

- AS Teens

'Lisa Timms 60 Social Situations is a great resource for therapists, guidance counselors and parents alike. It helps break down a variety of socially-related scenarios that are often complicated and confusing for teenagers on the autism spectrum. The questions that accompany each topic are thought provoking and applicable to everyday life and generalize easily into the real world. It also provides parents with a stepping stone to generate very important discussions with their teens with experiences they may have already had or are likely to have.'

- Deanne Chincola, Clinical Supervisor in Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services

'Finally, a useful and relevant guide about appropriate & safe social interactions has emerged that can really help teens and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Lisa Timms has written a top-notch book that includes skills development scenarios for school, recreation, community, social networking, and employment. Information for parents to coach & facilitate skills is positive, helpful, and thought provoking. 60 Social Situations & Discussion Starters is easy to read, fun to discuss, and a great book to improve the understanding of social situations.'

- Donna Podrazik, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

'This book is an important tool for educators and therapists to help children with ASD learn to think "Inside the box". Rehearsing social situations is key to anxiety reduction and peer acceptance in teenagers who simply don't know what to do or say in a variety of common situations.

This book is a "must have" for parents. Instead of the author simply teaching the child how to respond in a situation, this book uses discussion questions to help parents teach children their own preferred responses to situations. This helps the parents tailor the strategies to reflect each family's unique beliefs.'

- Joann Pesavento, Behavioral Specialist Consultant specializing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

'This is an invaluable tool to aid in the improvement of social skills. I have been waiting for something like this! It has the potential to diminish or limit the negative consequences i.e. anxiety, depression and loss of self esteem, that often accompany a poor social skill set. I highly recommend it to parents of ASD and typical teens. In our home we would pick a topic and discuss it at the dinner table. I know it will give parents a sense of piece of mind, that they might better prepare their teen for the unknown.'

- Mary Walsh, parent

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.

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