Using a magazine format in full color and standard columns within each chapter, The Social Times Curriculum is written directly to students in an engaging "voice," aimed at teaching social cognition and emotional regulation in an enjoyable way that increases students' motivation and encourages peer interaction.
The Social Times Curriculum set
consists of three copies of The Social Times Student Book, one copy of The Social Times Teacher Book, The Social Times Curriculum Guide, and a USB drive with downloadable materials. The Social Times Student Book is also available separately to supplement larger classes.
In each chapter, the main topic focuses on an area of social cognition that individuals across the autism spectrum, or with related social needs, might find confusing. All of the topics offer critical information for how to use social learning with peers and in the community, while making each lesson entertaining and applicable to today's students. The accompanying USB materials include word searches, crossword puzzles, quizzes, hand-outs, scales, and additional activities.
Within The Social Times Teacher Book, educators will find expansion topics, ideas for take-home work, benchmarks for the various topics, and tips for sensory activities and additional practice. The Social Times Curriculum Guide explains the research and emerging neuroscience used in creating the curriculum, as well as how to use each section of the curriculum. The accompanying USB materials include word searches, crossword puzzles, quizzes, hand-outs, scales, and additional activities.
The Social Times Curriculum Guide explains the research and emerging neuroscience used in creating the curriculum, as well as how to use each section of the curriculum. By providing information about evidence-based practices and 21st century skills, it assists teachers in achieving the social and emotional goals of students with autism spectrum disorders.
"Kari Dunn Buron brings her considerable knowledge and expertise to her most ambitious project to date, and the result is nothing short of dazzling! The Social Times Curriculum is comprehensive in scope, wide-ranging in its application across grade levels, and intelligently formatted to make maximal use of the predictability and repetition so essential to students who struggle with social understanding and expression. This must-have resource features an ingenious and multifaceted application of Ms. Buron's fabulous 5-Point Scale, as well as superb teaching tips designed to engage students and maximize social learning. Teachers and SLPs will love this gem, and if truth be told, so will parents!"--Diane Twachtman-Cullen, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of How to be a Para Pro and The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives.
"The original Social Times magazine was my favorite resource for teachers and parents to share with their middle and high school teenagers. Kari Dunn Buron has now compiled the best 25 issues into a single curriculum that addresses these critical concepts for students who struggle with social and emotional understanding. The Social Times Curriculum, which is fun and easy to use, contains short stories, cartoons, crossword puzzles and tips that helps students learn about relationships, emotions and themselves. All materials are included! No specialized training required! It is wonderful." -Kathleen Ann Quill, Ed.D., BCBA-D Autism Institute, Essex, MA; author of DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism.
Kari Dunn Buron, MS, taught in K-12 with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years. She developed an autism spectrum disorders certificate program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and has done volunteer work specific to autism in Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana.
Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big! and A "5" is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner). Kari is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA Literary Award Winner) and is the creator of an original social skills magazine designed for students with Asperger syndrome called The Social Times (2010 Gold Winner, National Parenting Publications Award and Gold Medal Winner, Moonbeam Children's Book Awards).
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