Big Picture Thinking : Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills: A Book for Students
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- Publication Date:
- August 31, 2011
- Print Length:
- 196 pages
Does your student have difficulties in understanding the big picture and supporting details? This can help.
Many people who have difficulties with social cognition, including those on the autism spectrum, do not see the big picture of a situation. That is, they tend to focus, or even hyper-focus, on details and have difficulty recognizing the main idea, topic or general point in conversations, stories or pictures. This is often referred to as challenges in central coherence. Good central coherence skills are essential to success in (a) reading comprehension across all school subjects including math word problems, (b) establishing school or work priorities, and interacting with others.
BIG PICTURE THINKING: USING CENTRAL COHERENCE THEORY TO SUPPORT SOCIAL SKILLS was written to help students with autism and related disabilities use individual pieces of social information fit into a larger context, so that they may begin to become big picture thinkers and, therefore, be more successful.
This book is extremely user-friendly, and I can see myself using it on a regular basis in my career as a speech-language pathologist. The layout is simple and predictable, perfect for use with students with social-cognitive challenges. The graphics add to the overall feel of the book and provide that extra visual support that these students so desperately need. Collucci should be commended on her work. She is a beacon of light in the often dark tunnel of autism spectrum disorders and related disorders. She is able to illuminate what others may fail to see ... the person within the diagnosis. This book is a testament to her unique understanding of how students' minds work and what they must be taught in order to be able to see the 'big picture.' --Faith Bell, MS, CCC-SLP, Paterson Public Schools
I highly recommend this book to anyone who regularly comes into contact with children as they acquire the interaction skills we need to use daily. Collucci details the social-cognitive areas of language that are often overlooked, although they are the crux of difficulty for many children. What is particularly special about this book is that Collucci breaks down aspects of social behavior, describing them in specific detail so that people experiencing such difficulty no longer have to be out of control or overwhelmed. In addition, she discusses, in a point-by-point manner, aspects of social interaction not usually covered to ensure they can be addressed and developed. --Margaret Meth, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRSCL, clinic director, William Paterson University