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
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Donated to the Library by The Freemasons Charity
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
Copyright Permission: Yes
"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.