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Mary and Max: An Aspergers Story

A story of friendship between two "odd" pen pals: Mary, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne, and Max, a 44-year-old man from New York...


Teaching Social Skills and Emotion Management


Anonymous said...

This film is really long! But it is amazingly done & has some good insight into Aspie life but also a lot of other issues people have in life. Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, blindness, street people portray real life as we know it. Aside from a few sexual references I would recommend this to any one 13 years or older.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story! It was amazing! It has so many of lifes daily issues and how 2 people view things so differently. LOVE IT!

What Are Social Stories?

Social stories” describe situations, skills, or concepts that model relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses. The goal of a social story is to teach specific skills in a manner that is easily understood by children with Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders. The child’s improved understanding of social events and expectations that result from reading/watching social stories often leads to more effective responses from the child.

Social stories for children with behavior problems due to Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders help teach more appropriate social skills. These children don't just “pick-up” social skills, so social stories can provide a great tool in teaching a skill in a direct way.

Social stories for these children help to give them a better understanding of other people's thoughts, feelings and views. They also help the child to better predict other people’s behavior based on their actions.

Social stories present various situations in a structured and direct way so that the child can understand a situation without having to "read between the lines". Social stories are written from the child's perspective and are simply illustrated using uncluttered drawings or photographs to depict each step of the story.

Social stories can be written about many different social and behavioral situations that children encounter in the school or any other environment. Some possible ideas for social stories include:

• circle time
• getting in line
• sharing toys
• sitting in the lunch room
• taking turns on the swings
• taking turns when playing games
• or any other situation that causes confusion for the child

=> How To Write Social Stories

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