Big Picture Thinking
Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills
Does your student have difficulties in understanding the "big picture" and supporting details? This can help. Many people who have difficulties with social cognition, including those on the autism spectrum, do not see the big picture of a situation. That is, they tend to focus, or even hyper-focus, on details and have difficulty recognizing the main idea, topic or general point in conversations, stories or pictures. This is often referred to as challenges in central coherence. Good central coherence skills are essential to success in (a) reading comprehension across all school subjects including math word problems, (b) establishing school or work priorities, and interacting with others. Big Picture Thinking: Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills was written to help students with autism and related disabilities use individual pieces of social information fit into a larger context, so that they may begin to become big picture thinkers and, therefore, be more successful.
MEET THE AUTHOR
MA, CCC, is a licensed speech-language pathologist with a private practice in Little Falls, NJ. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of persons with social-communication deficits. Aileen has over 20 years of experience in the field, which includes developing and leading a successful social-communication skills group intervention program in Fairfield, NJ. She has conducted training workshops for parents of children with special needs and educational professionals in many areas including social skills intervention planning, autism and pragmatic language development and disorders. She holds a master's segree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from New York University and state licenses in Speech and Language Pathology in New Jersey and New York. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.