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Teaching Theory of Mind: A Curriculum for Children with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Related Social Challenges Spiral-bound – Mar 15 2012


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Provides teachers with an easy curriculum for teaching children with high functioning autism and Asperger's and focuses on interacting with others succesfully usign Theory of Mind. -- Midwest Book Review When I speak with classroom teachers around the world, many say to me, "I don't want to read a book about vague theories and ideals. I want practical HELP in knowing what to do in my classroom." This book fills the bill. Not everyone has the time to spend countless hours combing through the research and recommendations about instructional methods...this book lays out the plans and techniques clearly and methodically. Dr Ordetx's instructions are clear and full of examples and hints. Read on to enter her brilliant mind and incredible skills. You will find success and encouragement on every page! -- from the Foreword by Susan J. Moreno, President, Oasis MAAP Foundation As a parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I believe the development of my son's Theory of Mind skills will be the most important factor in his achieving a functional level of social and communicative competence. Dr. Ordetx has developed a parent-friendly curriculum that documents ToM objectives and interventions in a clear and concise manner. Throughout the twelve week program we were able to use the recommended activities to practice skills taught during the therapy sessions. The progress in my son's social understanding was very encouraging. He started understanding why it was important to stay "checked-in" with his partners during interactions and for me that is huge! -- Mother of Ben, age 8 My daughter has struggled with social skills for years. Once she started the Social Experience training, we noticed a higher level of awareness of the communications occurring with and around her. By the end of the program, our daughter was independently using the strategies taught on a daily basis to "check in" to social exchanges and actively participate in conversations. It is my opinion that this Theory of Mind curriculum trains the brain to become more naturally aware of social interactions outside of one's "self". Finally, our daughter is interested in participating in conversations that are not always about her own interests. She now has a genuine desire to improve her socialization skills. -- Mother of Greta, age 13 The Social Experience was an exciting journey for our entire family! The weekly letters not only educated us as parents, but gave our other children ways to help our son with his social skills at home. We had spent so much time and money on social classes before this one and had seen little progress. Just when we were losing hope, Dr. Ordetx offered this 12 week program. The positive social changes in our son have been noticed and celebrated by everyone around him! -- Mother of Caleb, age 11 This is a manual... targeted at professionals but could, I feel equally be used by parent led groups to help children from 7-16 develop social understanding. The book is very clear and includes a number of quality picture cards to help children identify emotions with facial expressions and to observe a scenario and make conclusions... For any professional or parent group this book offers a pretty comprehensive and easy to follow curriculum by developing theory of mind skills which I feel could benefit many children and adults, not just those on the spectrum. I highly recommend this book and feel it is well priced for a manual with quality task cards to cut out or copy. -- Asteens

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Dr Kirstina Ordetx is a Developmental Psychologist and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) specialist with over twenty years' experience of providing developmental and therapeutic interventions to children with autism, Asperger syndrome and related social challenges. She is the founder of the Pinnacle Academy, a specialist school for children with autism and related behavioural difficulties in Sarasota, Florida. She directs the school program, provides individual and group therapies, presents at state and national conferences, and teaches on graduate programs in psychology and behavioral sciences. She lives in Bradenton, Florida.


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Helpful Classroom Tool! Jan. 22 2014
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
Teaching social skills to children with exceptionalities is tricky and finding resources that are catered to their needs is always a challenge. This book is very helpful and offers a 12 week break down of the program to ensure you are covering the material in a series of steps that proved beneficial to my students. I have been a classroom teacher for 12 years and this is the first resource, that I have found, that has outlined Theory of Mind in such a user friendly approach. My students use phrases that they have learned while doing the curriculum, such as "follow the path" and "checking in" to help them increase their awareness of social experiences.
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Incredible Results Jan. 21 2014
By Marissa Guagliardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I purchased this curriculum last year and have used it regularly with my clients. It is easy to follow the activities from start to finish (12 weeks) or simply pull from as needed for clients/students with challenges in social learning. The success I have seen using this book for small group instruction over the past year is amazing. It comes with many tools including flashcards, skills poster, checklist, and activity guides. I recommend "Teaching Theory of Mind" to many professionals as an effective curriculum for teaching children how to interact with others successfully.
Great additon to my classroom Jan. 17 2014
By Kacie Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
As a teacher who works with children on the Autism Spectrum, this book has been a helpful addition to my class. The 12 week curriculum guide had everything I needed for teaching Theory of Mind. My personal favorite item was the “Caregiver Letter” which I would copy and send home to reinforce the skills taught. I feel a child is most successful when skills taught at school can be carried on into the home setting. I was also a fan of the picture flash cards, they showed realistic facial expressions as oppose to the over dramatic faces you often find in similar materials.
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Wonderful resource! Jan. 21 2014
By Jolene LaPlaca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
I've used this curriculum with individual clients and in social skills groups. Each lesson is planned out in detail and includes materials and instructional relevance for each skill. My clients enjoy the visual nature of many of the activities and love acting out social situations. We use the social seven rules in our group and families reinforce these rules in other settings. I was able to take data at baseline and completion of the program to identify skills that required further instruction.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disappointment of the facial features used for recognition Jan. 11 2014
By D. Alan Kot - Published on Amazon.com
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While one-half of this manual presents quality instruction, the latter half leaves much to be desired. Anticipation of emotional cues, spotted by reasonable taxonomies of facial musculature, helps build empathy. However, no sound basis is shown (although hinted, by inclusion of Ekman's work on the Facial Action Coding System, or FACS) as a guideline for which facial features denote classic expressions. By comparison, someone in one part of the country may refer to Coca-Cola as "soda," while the same beverage is called "pop" in another region. The constant is Coca-Cola. In "Teaching Theory of Mind," there is no constant variable or statistically sound reason for a "knowing" glance, for example. What IS a "knowing" look? Is this facial expression defined in any way than in the pictures or a possible guess? No, and this fault results in my poor evaluation of 50% of the book's utility. HOWEVER, I can incorporate the FACS with teaching theory of mind, using a well-researched clinical model. This is my suggestion for future buyers.


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