Developing Resilience in Young People with Autism using Successful Social Stories

Resilience is the ability to make the best of any situation. Some people are born with more resilience than others. Everyone’s resilience may be improved with practice. Resilience is an important skill to try to improve because having resilience usually helps people feel more comfortable in any kind of situation. Resilience may be improved by working on the following five skills:

  1. Learning to think in a Positive way 
  2. Preparing a Plan B 
  3. Thinking about Past successes and proven strategies
  4. Using a Personal best strategy
  5. Using Positive self-talk

These five skills may be referred to as ‘the five positive ‘Ps’. Young people on the autism spectrum may struggle with these skills whilst experiencing a great deal of setbacks during their lives. 

This book helps parents and professionals guide their young people to develop the five positive ‘P’ skills they need to become more resilient.

This book helps parents and professionals guide their young people to develop the five positive ‘P’ skills they need to become more resilient. Many additional and compatible successful strategies are also included alongside the Social Stories and Articles.

Some reviews

‘Those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder need considerable resilience to cope with many aspects of daily life. Without resilience, there will be a fragmented sense of self and the risk of developing signs of depression. Siobhan Timmins illustrates how versatile Social StoriesTM  can be, and how they contribute to a positive sense of self and the ability to cope with many aspects of autism.’ 

– Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome and Exploring Depression, and Beating the Blues 

‘Practical strategies for supporting children’s resilience and mental health that can be immediately put into practice by both parents and teachers. It also includes lovely, easily understood explanations of why children on the spectrum struggle with change and how Social Stories can help alleviate some of that stress.’ 

– Davida Hartman, Senior Educational Psychologist, Director at The Children’s Clinic, Dublin, and author of Beating Anxiety 

‘I really love this book. Everyone knows how important it is build up resilience in young people with autism but Siobhan Timmins goes that one step further and explains clearly and simply exactly how this can be done.’ 

– Kathy Hoopmann, author of All Cats Have Asperger’s Syndrome and All Birds Have Anxiety 

‘Dr Timmins’ ideas, approaches and strategies combined with actions have inspired change for her son and others. Mental health services, social care, educational settings and families will find this book a stimulating and informative read which could further improve their skills and practice…it did mine!’ 

Lisa Parker, NHS Neuro-Developmental Mental Health Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Services and ASD & ID IAPT Therapist 

Original photo by Madina found on the wonderful: Unsplash

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