Avril Webster's social story series, "Off We Go," published by Woodbine House focus on everyday situations that children will eventually need to experience: going for a haircut, to the grocery store or to the dentist.
Social stories may be used for children on the autism spectrum and/or other related disorders to walk a child through an unfamiliar situation. The purpose of a social story is to detail step by step a new experience.
Written in a clear and simple language, the illustrations are kid friendly and "uncluttered." Each series takes the child through a "predictable sequence." Children with autism and/or other related disorders need to know what's coming next. Webster's series provides the comfort of what's next without overwhelming the child with too much information.
Webster offers suggestions on how the series may be used and encourages parents/caregivers to "change the text as you read aloud to reflect the language that you use in your home" and to "bring the book to the actual event." The series, above all else, is a guide to help your child to cope with and successfully navigate a potentially stressful situation. I think it's a series that may be used by parents, caregivers, therapists, teachers and siblings.
As the mother of a special needs child as well as "typically developing" children, Webster understands the importance of preparing before an outing. Her books not only provide comfort, but they promote inclusion so that children may participate in day-to-day family activities.
While The Boy is familiar with the sights and sounds of the supermarket. He has yet to experience a haircut or the dentist. I am confident that these books will help us through.
Webster's series may be purchased on Woodbine House - and for the month of April for Autism Awareness month, all Autism titles are marked 25% off (online only). But if you are feeling lucky - you can win this amazing series here!
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