Books by Carol Gray (Author of The New Social Story Book)
Social stories and comic strip conversations
Carol Gray, Consultant to Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Autism, provides support via workshops and presentations, information, referral, resources, and direct services to individuals with autism, their families, and professionals who work on their behalf. She is an internationally sought-after keynote and seminar speaker, and has completed over one thousand presentations. Carol is best known for the development of Social Stories, a respected evidence-based practice used worldwide with people with autism of all ages. Carol was the first teacher for students with autism at Jenison Public Schools in Jenison, Michigan In , Carol began writing stories for her students to share information with them that they seemed to be missing, information that so many of us take for granted. Carol lives in west Michigan with her husband, Brian, and two basset hounds, Emma and Hank.
They are rapidly becoming a significant component of the school curriculum for such children, but do the theoretical models used to explain Autistic Spectrum Disorders, also explain why they are successful? As with many innovative and practical ideas, they originated from working directly and collaboratively with children rather than from intellectual consideration and subsequent application of an academic theory. However, when one examines the current theories explaining why children with autism are different, one can recognise how the strategies are consistent with these models. Research on the cognitive abilities of people with autism has produced three distinct theoretical models. Each model will be briefly explained with quotations from autobiographies to illustrate specific points and an explanation of how aspects of Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations are consistent with each model.
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The Links Between Social Stories, Comic Strip Conversations & Cognitive Models
Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism? It is impossible to observe a social interaction, or a social impairment, in a person who is alone. Regardless, the phrase social impairment in autism is frequently used to refer to the social challenges associated with disorders identified by Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger The words in autism in this case may leave a misleading impression that the social impairment lies solely within the individual with autism. This is inconsistent with the definition of the word social , which requires the involvement of more than one person.
Social stories TM and comic strip conversations can help autistic people develop greater social understanding and stay safe. Find out about social stories , how to use them , and how to write your own. Find out about comic strip conversations , how to use them , and how to make your own. Social stories TM were created by Carol Gray in They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.