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Storying Beyond Social Difficulties with Neuro-Diverse Adolescents


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Chapter 1. Adolescence and Social Interaction Chapter 2. How to Use this Manual Chapter 3. Session 1: Setting the Scene Chapter 4. Session 2 Participants' Life Story and the Life Story of the Character Chapter 5. Session 3: Narrative and Identity: How Does Your Character Act and Feel? Chapter 6. Session 4: Context, Plot Structure, Props and Scenes Chapter 7. Session 5: Beginning to Identify Problems to Solve in the Story Chapter 8. Session 6: How Will the Characters Solve the Identified Problems and What Are the Props for The Movie? Chapter 9. Session 7: Bringing it All Together Chapter 10. Session 8: The Grand Finale Chapter 11. Epilogue Appendices

About the Author

Sophie Goldingay is a senior lecturer and Associate Head of School, Teaching and Learning, in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. Karen Stagnitti is Emeritus Professor in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia. Belinda Dean is a lecturer in Nursing at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia, and holds a Master's degree in Child Play Therapy. Narelle Robertson is a researcher at the Centre for Project Evaluation at Melbourne University, Australia. Donna Davidson is an occupational therapist and play therapist. Eleanor Francis is a speech pathologist who has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings.


'Imagine, Create, Belong' is an exceptionally innovative 8-session program that fills a gap for neuro-diverse youth aged 11-15 who struggle with responding to and understanding social situations. It is both culturally and developmentally sensitive and identifies the importance of missing links in early foundational play development. A first of its' kind, the program focusses on neuro-responsive social scaffolding using play-based movie-making activities. Engaging and fun, it is inclusive of neuro-diverse students in both main-stream and special-education settings. 'Imagine, Create, Belong' presents break-through concepts in how to assist youth who struggle with social engagement. This is an essential program for all child and youth therapists!

Lorri Yasenik, PhD, RSW, RPT-S, CPT-S, Co-Director of Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute

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