Students with autism relate to Matt and Molly who approach sensitive, challenging, and confrontation topics with respect and dignity.
Students learn to discern inappropriate from appropriate behaviors as a first step to modifying their own actions in each well-written manual.
- identify inappropriate/appropriate social behaviors
- learn how to recognize what triggers inappropriate behaviors
- control/replace inappropriate behavior with socially acceptable behavior
- decrease impulsivity and increase self-control
This five-program set features 40 stories based on utilizing self-control in specific situations. Follow-up questions improve comprehension of the concepts taught in each simply illustrated story. A role-play activity rounds out each lesson.
The individual books include:
- 8 illustrated stories
- four full-color, 8½" x 11" pictures per story (32 total pictures)
- 10 yes/no and 10 wh- and how comprehension questions per story
- a role-playing activity and list of easy to find props
Each lesson follows a predictable format making it easy for students with autism to transition from story to story. The lessons can be used with one student, a small group, or an entire class.
This program may be purchased as a 5-program set or individually. The 5-program set consists of:
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- Stories about specific social situations help students with autism syndrome disorders (ASD) understand and respond to similar social situations appropriately (Kuoch & Mirenda, 2003).
- Repeated reading of stories about specific social situations improves social understanding for students with ASD (Gray, 2000).
- Students with ASD should receive instruction in functional, spontaneous communication; new skill acquisitions; generalization and maintenance in natural contexts; and functional academic skills when appropriate (NRC, 2001).
- Adolescents with autism decreased inappropriate behaviors after implementation of social stories with visual supports (Graetz, Mastropieri, & Scruggs, 2009).
The Autism & PDD Picture Stories & Language Activities Social Behaviors 5-program Set incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Graetz, J., Mastropieri, M.A., & Scruggs, T.E. (2009). Decreasing inappropriate behaviors for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders using modified social stories. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44(1), 91-104.
Gray, C. (2000). The new social story book. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons, Inc.
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.
National Research Council (NRC), Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism. (2001). In C. Lord & J. McGee (Eds.), Educating children with autism. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.