Asperger's syndrome is a complex disorder, often defined as a high-functioning form of autism. It is characterised by a lack of social common sense, things like how to play or make friends or pick up social cues. As a result, an Asperger's child usually has difficulty in interacting with others.
The Social Skills Picture Book provides a teaching tool that engages the attention and motivation of students who need help learning appropriate social skills.
It demonstrates through pictures nearly 30 social skills, such as conversation, play, emotion management and empathy. Children of all ages learn more effectively when pictures are used to supplement verbal descriptions and instructions.
The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children on the spectrum to teach appropriate social behaviours. Colour photographs illustrate the ""right way"" and ""wrong way"" to approach each situation and the positive/negative consequences of each. A facilitator (parent, teacher, etc.) is initially needed to explain each situation, and ask questions such as ""What is happening in this picture?"" Children then role-play skills until confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions.
Most children need and usually want social skills to make friends, and, often, their level of happiness and productivity is dependent on these fundamentals. The Social Skills Picture Book attempts to teach these critical social skills by visually showing children what to do.