An Early-Years Group Program for Developing Social Understanding and Social Competence for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Challenges
Using a pirate theme popular among young children, this social understanding program is designed for children, ages preschool to third grade, who have social cognitive challenges, including autism spectrum disorders. Through fun and engaging activities, the program helps children learn constructive social interaction skills related to friendship making, social problem solving and emotional expression. This eight-adventure pirate voyage includes the following focus areas: social understanding, friendship making, emotional literacy and emotional expression, relaxing, social problem solving and responding to bullying incidents.
MEET THE AUTHORS
, is an educational consultant in care and education settings across Australia. She is recognized as an exemplary educator, creating teaching and learning environments that are inclusive of all children. Margaret is the designer of high-quality, up-to-date professional development resource materials based on current research and legislation and tailored to children's social behavior and emotional well-being. The author of books, curriculum texts, and parenting resources, she regularly presents at conferences and publishes in scholarly journals.
lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she is a full-time writer. Her son, Damian, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of five; he is now a PhD
candidate and researcher in the field of autism. Josie is published in over 25 resources on ASD (one in Italian), including Friendly Facts, Asperger Download,
and Space Travelers
. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on ASD, and in 2009 was awarded the Parent/Carer Award Autism Queensland Australia in recognition of her outstanding achievements. In 2013 she received a certificate of recognition as a community mentor from the Naturally Autistic People Awards, BC, Canada. Josie offers consultations with parents, educators, and caregivers. She also volunteers as a peer supporter to fellow members of her state emergency services.