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Successful Social Stories (TM) for Young Children with Autism


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Introduction. 1. Understanding My Child's Perspective. 2. What Does Growing Up Mean?. 3. What is Feeling Calm?. 4. What Does Calm Down Mean?. 5. How to Ask for Chill Out Time. 6. I am Learning to Listen. 7. I am Learning to Wait Patiently. 8. What are Kind Words?. 9. What is Taking Turns?. 10. I am Learning to Share Toys. 11. What is a Conversation?. 12. How to Interrupt a Conversation. 13. What are Good Manners?. 14. What are Table Manners?. 15. What Does Excuse Me Mean?. 16. Why Do I Write Thank You Letters?. 17. I am Learning to Use a Hand Dryer. 18. How to Find Another Favourite Food. 19. Our Plan to Discover Another Favourite Food. 20. What is My Pants Job?, 21. Where is the Best Place to Put a Wrapper?. 22. What is Poo?. 23. I am Learning to Poo in a Toilet. 24. What Job Does My Nose Do?. 25. How to Stay Safe and Comfy on a Supermarket Trip. 26. Learning to Queue at the Checkout. 27. Why Do Babies Cry?. 28. What to Do When Another Child is Crying. 29. How to Stay Safe Around Wasps. 30. How Do I Move Safely Near a Wasp?. 31. Sharing the Diagnosis with a Social Story - What Are Worries?. 32. A Story for Parents at L.A.S.T.. 33. A Story for Siblings. References. Bibliography.

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How to write and illustrate effective Social Stories (TM) for young children, identifying key issues to address

About the Author

Siobhan Timmins left her work as a paediatrician to help her family navigate the challenges of autism after her middle son was diagnosed aged 2 and she successfully used Social Stories with her son throughout all stages of his development and schooling. Siobhan is now an approved Satellite Trainer in Social Stories (TM) and offers training in the approach to parents, professionals, and NHS staff. She is also an Associated Specialist at a special school in Essex.


This book is an invaluable contribution to the body of published information and guidance on Carol Gray's Social Stories(TM). Siobhan shares her insightful thinking and information gathering which results in impeccable stories for her son Mark. Her stories and the strategies she uses to ensure true social understanding will be inspirational to all parents and professionals. -- Eileen Arnold, former specialist speech and language therapist and co-author of Revealing the Hidden Social Code: Social StoriesTM for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Life can be confusing and overwhelming for a child who has autism. Social StoriesTM provide information, reassurance and guidance not only for the child, but also for parents and teachers. The background to the creation of each Social Story explores a range of aspects of autism, and the rationale and rules for Social StoriesTM. The subsequent text and delightful illustrations are both informative and effective. I am sure, also, that readers will quietly smile, and sometimes laugh, when they read these delightful Stories. -- Tony Attwood PhD, clinical psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome
Carol Gray's Social Stories are known to virtually everyone associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In this new book, Siobhan Timmins, parent of a child with ASD who studied under Carol Gray, helps to further explain Gray's Social Stories as a way of assisting children with ASD to control behaviors and function at a higher level. The book gives a clear, detailed, and thoughtful explanation of the central ideas behind Social Stories and demonstrates how to implement the strategies with wonderful examples and terrific pictures. Anyone interested in the ideas and strategies behind Social Stories will love this clear and in depth elaboration of the theories and practices and the delightful examples of how to implement them. -- Gary B. Mesibov, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Emeritus Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Siobhan notes her distaste of Social Stories being used to tell the child what they are doing wrong; those stories that she shares with us in the book are all written in fond, positive, tolerant terms as they always should be. Importantly, she tells readers that "Social Stories will not cure your child of autism, nor are they the only useful strategy to implement, but they are effective, enduring and empowering to both parent and child, a powerful partner on your walk with autism and I speak from experience!" ... This book is sensitive, informative and extremely helpful for parents, carers and professionals alike. -- Jude Ragan * Autistica *

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