These one-page, rebus-supported stories help children understand the social world and know what to say and what to do at school.
- Know what to do or say in social situations
- Reduce specific behavioral/social problems
- Successfully integrate into regular classrooms
The book has 40 ready-to-use lessons (stories). The concise format makes it easy to keep a copy of the lesson where the social situation occurs. Each sentence in a story is supported by one or more pictures. Customize the lessons by adding student-specific information, editing the text, and using a photograph in place of the generic picture in the book. There are instructional and behavioral lessons. The instructional lessons can be used as part of a social skills curriculum with small groups of children or individuals. They teach young children what they need to say or do in social situations that are often overwhelming to children with autism (e.g., Recess). The behavioral lessons target specific social problems that need to be stopped (e.g., Covering My Cough and Sneeze). They are best used with an individual child.
The lessons include these topics:
- Routine Activities—First Day of School, I Finish My Work, Using a Schedule, Recess, Using Markers, Using the Computer, and more
- Extra-Curricular Activities—Transitions, Gym Class, Going to Speech, and Library
- Social Skills—Quiet Voice, Raising My Hand, Waiting for Help, and Walking in Line
- Special Days—Going to an Event, Field Trip, Holidays Away from School, My Teacher Is Sick, Fire Drill, and Tornado Drill
- Self-Care—Dirty Hands, Using the Rest Room, Covering My Cough and Sneeze, Wearing a Helmet, Going to the School Nurse, and more
Extra helps include:
- behavior tracking forms and examples
- behavior analysis forms and examples
- progress recording forms and examples
- tracking forms for lessons
- teaching suggestions
You may purchase School individually or as a 5-book set.
The 5-book set consists of:
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These social skills lessons help students behave appropriately by using pictures. My students use these lessons to stay on task and to use appropriate behavior. This is a large portion of most of their IEP Goals (Behavior). Great product. Thank you.
Ann Marie Burgess, Teacher
Ft Lauderdale, FL
I made a social story book for my student with high functioning autism with materials from the Autism & PDD Primary Social Skills Lessons. She's now transitioning much better between activities and she handles events like fire drills and assemblies with fewer meltdowns.
Molly Schock, SLP
Until I was introduced to LinguiSystems, I spent hundreds of hours making my own picture stories with accompanying questions, sequence boards and games! I am hooked on the LinguiSystems' programs that I have used with my students with autism. They have clear, age-appropriate rebuses with wonderful lessons that target social skills, basic routines, concept development and a great approach for teaching comprehension. I want to buy it all. I've become "evangelical" about the products and have spread the word to my students' parents, behavior therapists, speech and occupational therapists, and my fellow teachers.
I have been in the field of special education for over 25 years in positions from teacher to principal and this is the most excited I've been about an entire line of materials. Each of my LinguiSystems purchases have provided easy-to-read, helpful ideas and materials ready to be used without confusion or the need to weed out inapplicable parts. I could go on and on . . . all the products are simply incredible.
Laura Gross, Teacher
Woodland Hills, CA
- Children with autism need approaches that focus on social functioning. These approaches should be introduced as ongoing intervention strategies from early years to adulthood (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) learn more readily through the visual modality (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Visual supports enhance language comprehension for individuals on the autism spectrum, bridging communication between the individuals and the social expectations of the world around them (Hodgdon, 1995).
- Stories about specific social situations help students with ASD understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
Autism & PDD Primary Social Skills Lessons School incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Hodgdon, L. (1995). Visual strategies for improving communication. Troy, MI: QuirkRoberts Publishing.
Kuoch, H., & Mirenda, P. (2003). Social story interventions for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 18, 219-227.
Taylor-Goh, (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.