Social Stories (TM): Are they effective in teaching social skills?
Social Stories ™ were originally designed by Carol Gray and are short, personalised descriptions, scenarios or narratives that are developed to teach social skills. They were originally designed for students with autism but are widely used for children with a range of disabilities. They have been so successful that they
Social Skill Programs for Students with Disabilities
Children/ students with disabilities, particularly those with cognitive delays or autism, often experience difficulty learning important social skills. This can result in social isolation that in turn limits the development of language and cognition. A vicious cycle ensues as difficulties with expressive language and poor problem solving compounds the social
Autism – Living Life on the Spectrum
One of the most difficult aspects of joining the world of disability is the array of people who enter your life in a helping capacity such as special educators and social workers, yet many of these people have never experienced disability on a personal level. It is refreshing to meet
Is it wrong to get the language right?
A number of years ago I became aware of the power of language when I attempted to recruit mothers of children with disabilities for my doctoral research project. It quickly became evident that the word ‘disability’ was contentious. A number of mothers contacted me to join my project and when
Partnership with Parents
Parents are one of our most valuable resources as research has consistently shown that when we partner with parents the outcomes for students are greatly improved. Partnering with parents is vital when a child has a disability and this is acknowledged through legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act 1992,