Developing Resistance in Young People with Autism using Social Stories™

Young people with autism can be particularly susceptible to setbacks, often leading to depression and a sense of hopelessness. Using Social Stories™, this book introduces a different way of looking at common life setbacks, and offer tools to overcome these obstacles, build resilience and develop coping strategies for the future.

Based on Carol Gray’s highly effective Social Stories™ model, this new guide shows how to help individuals with autism deal with challenges specific to them, and how to bounce back from the negative experiences that they encounter. This book is an invaluable guide for learning to create personalised Social Stories™ that can be used to develop resilience in people with autism and help them to cope better with adversity.

As a parent of 2 daughters with Autism I’m always on the lookout for information that will help them use the gifts their autism has provided to become the amazing women I know they will be someday; after all they are already beautiful little girls who bring incalculable joy to my life.

Another thing I look for is information that will help them embrace their autism while finding ways to function in a largely neurotypical society. I enjoyed reading this book because right away Dr. Timmins shows that she understands and accepts that the brain for a person with autism works differently than a neurotypical so often those on the spectrum get labelled as being difficult because they are judged according to the same standards used for those not on the spectrum.

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine when people act like someone with autism has a disease that needs to be cured rather than understanding they just see the world differently. I’m a huge fan of social stories and have used them with success with my own daughters. When they’ve had to be in the hospital even the staff used social stories at our request to explain what was going to happen, how they might feel and how to communicate with the staff which greatly helped.

For those not familiar with Social Stories, Dr. Timmins does a fabulous job explaining what they are, how they can help and even provides recommendations on how to write your own. I also loved how she focuses so much on the positive and building up the self-esteem of someone on the spectrum rather than constantly focus on what they’re doing wrong – the negative which in my experience will only hinder progress if they aren’t given the chance to see their triumphs.

Dr. Timmins actually has 2 other books which focus on younger children and college age students. If you have a child on the spectrum or know someone who does I cannot stress highly enough that you MUST look into her series. Her methods work, are safe and if used correctly can help create a positive environment to allow someone with autism to learn how to function in a neurotypical world while embracing their unique gifts.

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