The conversation train : a visual approach to conversation for children on the autism spectrum

By: Shaul, Joel.
Publisher: London Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014Description: 53 p. : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.ISBN: 9781849055314.Subject(s): AUTISM | ASPERGER SYNDROME | VISUAL LEARNING | CONVERSATION SKILLS | SOCIAL SKILLS | GENERALISATION
Contents:
Introduction SECTION ONE: THE CONVERSATION TRAIN Part One: Starting a Conversation Part Two: Taking Turns in Conversation Part Three: Staying On Track Part Four: Changing Topics Part Five: Ending the Conversation Part Six: Putting it All Together SECTION TWO: THE CONVERSATION TRAIN WORKSHEETS What Do the Different Parts of the Train Mean? Hello Words, How Are You Words, Switch Track Words and Goodbye Words Fix the Mixed-Up Conversation Things You Love Can Make You Go Off Track People You Know and What They Like Talking About People You Know and What You Both Like Talking About The Two-Person, On-Track Worksheet Choosing the Right Words with Different People Keeping Track of Staying on Track Conversation Train Colouring Pages Includes photocopiable worksheets
Summary: "This inventive colour picture book uses the metaphor of a train to teach basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Engines are like greetings; they get the train going. Freight wagons are like different speakers' turns; it is good to have at least a few when you are in conversation. A set of points guiding a train from one track to another is like a tactful change in the topic of conversation. When a conversation veers off-topic it is like a derailed train. As well as attractive colour photographs of trains, the book contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and colouring pages to help promote skill generalisation. This highly visual approach to conversation is ideally suited to children with ASDs aged approximately 5-13." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITEReview: The writer’s use of trains is based on the supposition that many children with ASD like trains. Be that as it may, the use of trains- engines and carriages works well to illustrate the structure and flow of a conversation and the use of this book need not be restricted to those with ASD. The illustrations and explanations are clear and concise with good examples of how a conversation works. There is enough repetition to allow the child to practice and build on the steps as they go but not so much that it becomes boring or tedious. The examples of conversations are relevant to the child’s everyday life. A good book to use with a child who is motivated to learn this important social skill.
List(s) this item appears in: Speech development. May 2017 | Social skills for children. May 2017 | Primary Communication (Cat) June 19
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Introduction
SECTION ONE: THE CONVERSATION TRAIN
Part One: Starting a Conversation
Part Two: Taking Turns in Conversation
Part Three: Staying On Track
Part Four: Changing Topics
Part Five: Ending the Conversation
Part Six: Putting it All Together
SECTION TWO: THE CONVERSATION TRAIN WORKSHEETS
What Do the Different Parts of the Train Mean?
Hello Words, How Are You Words, Switch Track Words and Goodbye Words
Fix the Mixed-Up Conversation
Things You Love Can Make You Go Off Track
People You Know and What They Like Talking About
People You Know and What You Both Like Talking About
The Two-Person, On-Track Worksheet
Choosing the Right Words with Different People
Keeping Track of Staying on Track
Conversation Train Colouring Pages
Includes photocopiable worksheets

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"This inventive colour picture book uses the metaphor of a train to teach basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Engines are like greetings; they get the train going. Freight wagons are like different speakers' turns; it is good to have at least a few when you are in conversation. A set of points guiding a train from one track to another is like a tactful change in the topic of conversation. When a conversation veers off-topic it is like a derailed train. As well as attractive colour photographs of trains, the book contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and colouring pages to help promote skill generalisation. This highly visual approach to conversation is ideally suited to children with ASDs aged approximately 5-13." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE

The writer’s use of trains is based on the supposition that many children with ASD like trains. Be that as it may, the use of trains- engines and carriages works well to illustrate the structure and flow of a conversation and the use of this book need not be restricted to those with ASD.

The illustrations and explanations are clear and concise with good examples of how a conversation works.

There is enough repetition to allow the child to practice and build on the steps as they go but not so much that it becomes boring or tedious. The examples of conversations are relevant to the child’s everyday life.

A good book to use with a child who is motivated to learn this important social skill.

Patron comment on 19/10/2015

Too young for our needs. Did make him aware of how to carry out a conversation.

Patron comment on 14/01/2015

An effective way of learning about conversations. Great resource for this group as there are a number of worksheets with the book.

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