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The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations

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This book offers practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published July 15th 2004 by Autism Asperger Publishing Co,US (first published July 1st 2004)
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Vanessa Hatcher
Jun 21, 2010 Vanessa Hatcher rated it liked it
This was a book the school lent me to help with Ian. It was very interesting to look at simple social rules that most of us take for granted and to see all the ways kids w/ autism never pick up on. (Fx. during silent reading, read in your mind, not out loud--it may sounds silly, but Ian has a problem with this. The first time I really talked to him about reading in his head, he had no idea that you could and should do something like that.) It wasn't a very in depth book, but a good overview of ...more
Fishface
Feb 06, 2016 Fishface rated it did not like it
Shelves: mental-health, how-to
This book was the perfect corker to a frustrating day. It does not in any way address what the title says it addresses. It only covers elementary-level stuff like not talking about your nasal mucus in public. These are not "unstated social rules" -- they are rules every kid has to be taught. I agree that a kid with an autism-spectrum disorder might require more repetitions of this stuff than other kids, but that's not what the book is supposed to be about. Bleagh.
Christine
Jan 08, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autism, read-in-2015
A child psychologist recommended this book, and I'm glad I finally picked up a copy. The extensive lists of hidden rules are so helpful, with many that I would never have thought of on my own. For example, in the Recess section: "When playing tag, touch the other person softly as if you were petting a dog." Yes! Most of the other listed rules are equally specific and concrete. An incredible resource.
Cjpeffer
Jun 14, 2012 Cjpeffer rated it really liked it
Bought my own copy. Filled with strategies to help try to field the tangled world of unspoken social norms and rules that come to typical people at bit easier. Watch your child tomorrow and smile at every time you see them pick up on a social rule of any kind, adjust to it and find a way to flourish. It is a wonderful thing to watch....and a killer to see someone struggle with.
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