Understanding social rules and concepts can be difficult tasks for children with Autism even those who are high functioning and have intact verbal language skills. Often this can cause trouble at school and make it difficult for these children to make friends. It is therefore important to educate these children on how to deal with social situations and most importantly explain the reason why we must follow social rules in certain situations. Julia Cook has written a series of books that cover a range of social situations and stories in a straightforward, colourful and engaging manner.
Recommended Julia Cook Books:
Decibella & her 6-inch Voice
This is an excellent book for children that have difficulty moderating their vocal volume and are at risk of developing vocal nodes due to the use of an excessively loud speaking volume. The book goes through 5 key speaking volumes and the different social situations in which they should be used.
Personal Space Camp
This book is great for children that struggle with the concept of personal space and are often sitting, standing or speaking to closely to other children around them. The book provides interactive discussion questions and exercises to assist in teaching children how to recognize and respect other people’s personal space zone and understand the importance of respecting other people’s feels and providing them with their own personal space.
Teamwork Isn’t my Thing
This is a great book for kids that enjoy playing alone as any children with Autism Spectrum Disorder often do. The book offers practical activities to help teach children the dynamics of successful teamwork and team building. It provides children with simple and practical strategies such as: figuring out what needs to be done, dividing tasks between group members and completing the project. The book also teaches social skills relating to teamwork such as being fair, kind, and patient as well as the importance of turn taking returning shared items.
For more information on this topic or any speech related fields, contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. Contact us today!