Inside Out

Inside Out : What Makes the Person with Social-Cognitive Deficits Tick?

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Children and young people with diagnoses such as high functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS or nonverbal learning disabilities often have difficulty with `social-cognition': communicating effectively and solving personal problems. For such students, these are skills that cannot just be absorbed from experience but need to be taught. In her accessible book Michelle Garcia Winner offers teaching techniques to help students identify and overcome their weaknesses, leading to the acquisition of skills such as initiating conversations or activities; listening and attending; understanding abstract language; taking others' perspectives; seeing the big picture and using humour.

She demonstrates how to break down these skills into manageable concepts and suggests methods of teaching them so that the student can truly understand not just what to do but also why. Clearly written and easily readable, the book contains many photocopiable worksheets for teachers' use, and will be indispensable to educators and therapists working with young people with social-cognitive deficits.
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1843100959
  • 9781843100959
  • 2,676,504

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Teaching Large Abstract Concepts Through Smaller Concrete Pieces: The `I LAUGH' Approach. 2. Why Care? An Attempt to Answer a Common Question. 3. Initiation: Let's Get Started! 4. Listening and Attention: Through Our Eyes and Ears. 5. Abstract and Inferential Thinking...I Mean What I Say but I Don't Say What I Mean! 6. Understanding Perspective Taking: Thinking about Others and how They Think about You! 7. Getting the Big Picture: Gestalt Processing. 8. Humor - This is all too Serious to be Taken too Seriously. 9. Thoughts on Reading Comprehension. 10. Thoughts on Observing a Student's Social Skills and Social Relatedness. 11. Teaching so our Teaching Sticks! Summary of Ten Considerations for Applying Concepts Related to Social-Cognition into our Therapeutic Group Work. Bibliography and Recommended Therapy Materials.
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The book's chapters take the reader through the I LAUGH approach with excellent worksheets and exercises. The worksheets and exercises are designed so that they can be easily used and are user friendly. I was extremely impressed by the way the book communicates its message to the reader, Collaboration and problem solving are the themes throughout. -- Mental Health Practice
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Author information

Michelle Garcia Winner is a speech and language pathologist who runs a private practice in San Jose, California, devoted to the needs of students with social cognitive deficits. She has previously worked in medically based neuro-rehabilitation, in public schools and for the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
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