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When teaching or counseling kids with Asperger’s and other autism spectrum disorders, it is important to maintain a strong visual component. Your spoken words alone might not get through, since many with ASD are “visual learners.”
When using cognitive behavioral methods with children on the autism spectrum, the visual emphasis is essential. I have posted a number of CBT games and activities; see links below. I am backing up a bit here, and providing you with some basic, solid visuals that will help you to introduce CBT fundamentals to your students / clients.
In case you are unfamiliar with CBT, here is a brief explanation. Cognitive behavioral techniques aim to help people to understand and modify certain automatic, negative thoughts that adversely affect their emotions and behavior. CBT is practical, and it can be applied in a variety of setting in the office, classroom and home.
Here are some useful pictures and text I have developed. I hope you will find them useful. They are a very small part of a complete, visual kit I sell called The CBT Mind Traveler . Click on the images below. Allow them to open in another window. Print them out. Alternatively, you can copy the images onto blank powerpoint slides if you want to show them on your computer or Smartboard.
Joel Shaul, LCSW
This blog post is part of series on cognitive behavioral therapy methods for children with ASD. The series, all with free downloads, includes: