In conversation, children on the autism spectrum often struggle to select topics of interest to others. Many have strong, narrow interests and feel compelled to introduce these subjects when they talk.
This book provides a simple visual model to help children experience more success in finding common ground in conversation. The "Green Zone" is a visual representation of finding common ground between one person (blue) and another person (yellow) to create a "green zone" that represents the pair's shared interests. The book, illustrated with hundreds of photographs representing the range of other people's interests, clearly explains what the "Green Zone" is and how to find it, and contains many photocopiable conversation practice activities and reinforcement worksheets based on this simple visual.
Ideal for use in classroom settings or at home, this attractive, full colour book is suitable for children on the autism spectrum aged 7 and up.
Joel Shaul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in ASDs. Through his organization, Autism Teaching Strategies, he provides workshops on social skills teaching and mental health treatment methods. He is co-creator of Ryuu social skills products, and author of The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum. He provides clinical and consultation services at The Watson Institute of Sewickley, PA. Joel's website can be found at www.autismteachingstrategies.com.
Introduction. Part 1: What is the Green Zone? Part 2: The Green Zone Changes with Each New Person. Part 3: The Three Zones of Talking. Part 4: Typical and Unusual Interests. Part 5: Questions, Comments and Compliments. Part 6: Getting Better at Talking in the Right Zones. Part 7: For Adults: Helping Children to Use the Green Zone Conversation Book. Part 8: The Green Zone Worksheets. The All About Them Sheet. The Green Zone Coloring Sheet. The Green Zone Two-Person Worksheet. Your Favorite Things. Other People's Thoughts When You Are Talking About Your Favorite Things. The No Zone Finder Sheets. The Green Zone Finder Sheets. The Bright Green Zone Finder Sheets. Find the Interests Most People Would Like. Good Questions Put You in the Green Zone and the Bright Green Zone. Practicing Good Questions. Compliments Put You in the Green Zone and the Bright Green Zone. Practicing Compliments. Complimenting People You Know. Compliments About What You Know About the Person. Friendly Comments Put You in the Green Zone and the Bright Green Zone. Practicing Friendly Comments. Make Up a Story About a Girl Your Age. Make Up a Story About a Boy Your Age.