Autism Society records most keynote and concurrent sessions at their annual conferences. You can see and hear those recordings by purchasing full online access, or individual recordings.
The learning objectives from this session include
Home, school, and community participation involves social interactions and requires the use of social skills and self-regulatory behaviors. Because of the social nature of participation in these environments, individuals with autism may have challenges. Problems with expressive, receptive, verbal, and nonverbal language, as well as the inability to recognize the subtleties of interpersonal communication, make social settings a challenge for individuals on the autism spectrum. In many cases, social skills must be taught directly and explicitly for individuals with autism to succeed socially. A major challenge of many individuals on the spectrum is understanding and dealing with people and social situations. This understanding is referred to as social cognition. One strategy that can be utilized to teach social understanding is children’s literature.
Using children's literature to teach social skills has many benefits.
There are many books about autism written for individuals of all ages. This presentation references books that provide a positive portrayal of individuals with autism. This session presents a bibliography of children’s literature that can be used to introduce students to a range of topics including emotional management, manners, sharing, cooperation, sportsmanship, teasing, bullying, anger, anxiety, fear, perfectionism, perspective taking, stress management, and friendship skills. Using children's literature can be an effective tool to increase motivation and generalization of social skills. Children's literature provides an opportunity to increase language skills through activities that might include writing, additional reading, and practicing social skills taught directly in class.
Additionally, this session will discuss how to use children’s literature to increase autism awareness with peers. Ideas will be shared for each grade level for elementary grades K – 5 on how to incorporate children’s literature to teach lessons about autism spectrum disorders.
This will be an interactive session presented via a professional powerpoint. This powerpoint will include many examples of children’s literature. The handout available online for this presentation will include a children’s literature reference list. In addition, the presenter will have examples of lots of children’s books for participants to look at. The presenter is not an author of any of these books and is not affiliated with any of the authors or publishers. This session will be interactive in that participants will be asked if they have additional suggestions of children’s books as each section is presented.
This session will contribute to an educator’s tool kit and should be considered for continuing education credit.
Content Area: Social Skills
L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D.
University of St. Thomas