A visual guide to help children on the autism spectrum recognize their strengths and overcome challenges
Introduction. 1. All People are Different. 2. What Are your Strengths? 3. An Important Strength Called Insight. 4. What Things are Hard for You? 5. Getting Better at Thinking about Challenges. 6. Getting Better at Working on Challenges. 7. Learning Activities.
Joel Shaul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in ASDs. Through his organization, Autism Teaching Strategies, he provides workshops on social skills teaching and mental health treatment methods. He is co-creator of Ryuu social skills products, and author of The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum, The Green Zone Conversation Book: Finding Common Ground in Conversations for Children on the Autism Spectrum and Our Brains Are Like Computers: Exploring Social Skills and Social Cause and Effect with Children on the Autism Spectrum. He provides clinical and consultation services at The Watson Institute of Sewickley, PA. Joel's website can be found at www.autismteachingstrategies.com.
So often, even the smartest of children, are left floundering when it comes to self-reflection. The ability to recognize strengths and face up to challenges is essential if children are to navigate the journey from meltdown to emotional maturity. With inspired use of visuals and a linear layout, attractive to the Autism brain, Joel has provided us with just the ticket to embark on this journey. -- K.I. Al-Ghani, Specialist Advisory Teacher and author of The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger Syndrome Joel has the ability to convey abstract concepts that would be difficult or impossible to teach our children with social and emotional challenges in any other way. His groundbreaking work, The ASD and Me Picture Book, will provide children with an opportunity to increase their self-awareness and reinforce their every effort. It's impossible to shield our children from all difficulties, but this book will empower them and teach them to stand up to challenges. This leaves them feeling esteemed instead of worthless and gives them the tools to value themselves for their inner strengths. -- Mordechai Meisels, MS, BCBA, LBA, Encore Support Services, Director