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Socially Curious and Curiously Social Paperback – 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Think Social (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097929228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979292286
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 14-year-old daughter and I are about half-way through this book.
D. B. Cowhill
Socially Curious and Curiously Social is written in a fun, easy to read way, for an intelligent and motivated audience.
Barbara Smith
I think that this would make a great book for a school to use as a book study for a social skills class.
Marie B. Rosenbaum

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Smith on December 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Regardless of the reader's age, this gem of a book written primarily for teens and young adults with social challenges- will unlock the mysteries of social thinking and making friends. Each successive chapter builds on a pyramid of skills beginning with social thinking- understanding how body language and words impact how people feel, social skills- using social thinking to act in ways that make others comfortable, learning the social rules that change as we age, recognizing levels of friendships, making sense of social media such as Facebook and navigating the social world of dating.

The authors are speech therapists with vast experience helping teens and young adults decipher what is expected in their social worlds- a skill many young children pick up effortlessly but others must consciously learn. Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke are optimistic that young adults can turn their lonely lives around to form connections that may not only prevent depression and anxiety but enable successful careers and marriage. Social thinking is a survival skill.

Socially Curious and Curiously Social is written in a fun, easy to read way, for an intelligent and motivated audience. The authors focus on the reasons behind problematic behaviors rather than on the negative traits associated with specific disabilities. Important and complex concepts such as what is "networking", how to tell the difference between sarcasm and a true insult or why it is important to sometimes be a `social fake" are clearly explained and supported with numerous anecdotes and even cartoons.

Reading this book is like spending time with a social mentor one can return to as needed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By evensong on March 21, 2010
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I bought this book for my 16 year old daughter who has Asperger's Syndrome. She read it from cover to cover and claims that it gave her insight into paying attention to and responding to social cues, which is something she struggles with on a daily basis. Since rading it she does seem to being trying to put what she learned into practice and she said that she plans keep it and review it when necessary-- particularly before a social event.

I would definitely recommend this book for the tweens and teens with social disorders, and their parents as well.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cali Mom on June 1, 2010
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I bought this book to read with my 14 year old daughter this summer before she entered high school. I'm glad I didn't just hand it to her. The book is not easy to read. Its chatty but, finding the important stuff is burried in lots of text. The book also contains information on sexual relationships for people with NVLD. So I'd say that the scope of the authors is very wide. We are looking for help on how to join kids to talk with between classes or eat lunch with, not "hooking up with"...yet. I would have appreciated the content related to sexuality be printed and sold separately as an appendix. That said, Ms. Garcia-Winner has an excellent reputation in this field and I hope I can get my daughter into one of her social skills groups in the near future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Cowhill on August 20, 2010
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My 14-year-old daughter and I are about half-way through this book. We are going through it slowly so she has plenty of time to observe the behaviors that it describes. It's the first Asperger's book we've used that actually tries to teach social thinking. While I don't agree 100% with every statement in the book and I don't necessarily want my daughter to try to internalize the attitudes of many teen girls, I think it is important for Aspies to do their best to understand the social arena so they can be a part of it on their own terms.
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