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The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism Paperback – January 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1885477910 ISBN-10: 1885477910 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477910
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Having earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, Dr. Jed Baker is a behavioral consultant for several New Jersey school districts where, nearly two decades ago, he organized a group to help children with social communication problems. That group expanded and ultimately became the Social Skills Training Project under Dr. Baker’s directorship. Dr. Baker also presents lectures all over the world on social skills training, and is on the board of directors of the Asperger’s Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN). His work has been featured on ABC News and Nightline.


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Dr. Jed Baker earned his MA and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Albany, the State University of New York. Dr. Baker is the Director of the Social Skills Training Project, a family therapy and consultative services practice for families of students with social-communication difficulties, and serves as Director of Social Skills Training for the Millburn School District in New Jersey. He is a professional advisory board member for the AspergerÂ’s Syndrome Education Network, Inc. (ASPEN), the educational network for parents of children with AspergerÂ’s Syndrome. Originally from New York City, Dr. Baker lives with his wife, Beth, and children, Jake and Lindsay, in New Jersey.

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My son loves reading the book together and I can already see him implementing the lessons after just a few weeks.
L. Wilson
I thought it was great that he considered the book a helpful tool to refer to when he was unsure of how to handle a social situation.
J. Judkins
The pictures and captions throughout this book are a very helpful visual aid to teach social skills and positive interaction.
Karen Hofferber

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 28, 2004
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This book is a godsend to any parent and child dealing with Aspergers, add, adhd ... trust me - but to be perfectly honest, every parent should read it with their kids especially children that learn better visually ... but who doesn't learn better visually using real life photos of classroom and social behavior? This is a must have for EVERY child that is entering preschool and/or kindergarten. Every library needs this book ... tell yours!

I read alot of books and have never felt a need to post a review until now. Teaching our children how to fit in socially in the world, whether they have *disabilities* or not, is our job. This is the tool every parent needs to encourage socially acceptable behavior prior to bad behavior being the issue at hand! We can tell children until we are blue in the face, but this shows them in a way they can understand ... real life examples they face or will face as the enter school. Must have.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Guiswite on September 30, 2004
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My 5 year old with PDD-NOS took to this book immediately. He actually sat still and looked and listened for a long period and wanted to keep reading more. He even asked me, more than once, if there was a story on hitting. The photographs appear to be a much more effective approach than the graphic icons. I hope that the author will consider writing another book addressing even more social situations, like hitting. This book is definitely worth every penny.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2004
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This is a great book! I was immediately so impressed that I took it to my son's school to show the school psychologist, and she loved it so much she bought a copy, as well! My son loves to sit on the couch with us and read this book together.
We all know that kids with Autism are visual learners, and we also know that our kids need help in the area of social skills. It only makes sense to combine the two into one book! This covers a variety of topics, including how to greet appropriately, conversation skills, personal space issues, and MUCH more. The photos are realistic and show kids in classroom settings, as well as other community settings.
This book has been a great way to educate our son, and I know that the school psychologist is using it with her social skills programs, as well.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karen Hofferber on May 25, 2007
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The pictures and captions throughout this book are a very helpful visual aid to teach social skills and positive interaction. I'm the mom of a 7-year-old daughter with high-functioning autism, and this book has been quite helpful in helping my daughter understand concepts that can be difficult to teach. I don't recommend this book for younger kiddos, however. Even a year or so ago, our daughter would not have been ready for this. One other thing to consider, which the author does point out, is that for some children with autism, it can be counter-productive to point out how *not* to do something because it can unintentionally call attention to/reinforce behaviors that you *don't* want your child to emulate. Our daughter doesn't have a problem with this currently, but if your child does, then I would recommend that you review the book first, get some blank paper and tape over all of the "don't do this" examples, and then just share the positive examples with your child.
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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Norway Mom on September 26, 2006
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I expected two things from this book. One, I expected it to be a book I could look at together with my young autistic son to teach him social skills. It turned out to be a how-to book for making your own social skills material. Useful for teachers and ambitious parents, but not really directly useful for kids.

Two, I expected the aesthetic quality of the book to resemble the cover. It turned out that the book is based on a PowerPoint presentation, with relatively unprofessional photography and text layout. The beautiful photograph on the cover is *not* indicative of the quality of the other photos in the book. The other photos were taken in real classroom settings, and thus have clutter in the background and poor lighting conditions. I was also irritated by the hard-to-read text formatting (lines of text extend across the wide pages, instead of being broken into narrower, more readable columns of text). Luckily, the spiral-bound format was more user-friendly.

All in all, I learned a few things about breaking down social skills and other helpful basics, but the book wasn't what I expected.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roadie on April 9, 2006
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I am a speech-language pathologist in the public school setting and have used this book with kindergarten throught fourth grade students. All of the children enjoyed the photographs and were interested in the skills learned. It provides clear, simple explanations of what to do and say in various social situations. I have used it many times during therapy and it is the best resource that I have for social skills.

Sharlene Stger
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Judkins on November 11, 2005
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My 5 year old really enjoys this book. I call it his "big kid book" and tell him it will help him learn how to behave like a big kid. He likes that it shows the "right way" and the "wrong way" to respond in a variety of scenarios. My son recently came home from school asking if we could see if there was something in his "big kid book" to help him with a situation he encountered at school that day. I thought it was great that he considered the book a helpful tool to refer to when he was unsure of how to handle a social situation.
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