Age Range: 4 to 8
Learning About Friendship: Stories to Support Social Skills Training in Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism$27.99, Paperback
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Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those with autism spectrum disorders (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 depersonalise issues, allowing children to see situations from the perspective of others and enabling them to recognise 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.
Author, Kay Al-Ghani, is a special educational needs teacher who has worked for more than 30 years in the field of education. She is also the author of the much-loved bestseller, The Red Beast.