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on 17 October 2015
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. When I first looked through my copy of "you are a social detective" I felt a bit puzzled and wondered whether my students would be confused by the ideas and presentation. I should not have worried. As soon as I started to slowly read the story and really work through each picture with the students their response was as if I had turned on the light. The book will not instantly give the student social insight but introduces the problem in a very simple, positive and straightforward way. Teaching students to "turn on" their "social smart " brain is the first step. We have spent far too long declaring that students with ASDs don't have the ability to interpret social information Michelle Garcia Winner turns this on its head challenging that assumption and suggesting instead that we simply teach students to start using their ears, eyes and memories together to read social situations.
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on 16 June 2013
Michelle Garcia Winner has developed terrific materials, and I have used this book as part of introducing the Superflex and the Unthinkables curriculum to children.

The expense of the books is really offputting to an individual unfortunately, as there are a number of items that are useful to use but they are all quite sparsely filled but with high prices. I'm not sure why this should be, but it's a shame, as it prevents the excellent curriculum from being accessible to more individuals and therefore more children.

If you are working with children with SCD, you REALLY do need to get into this excellent area of work, and make sure you also find out about Superflex and the Unthinkables. If you're working as an individual with just one child the expense may be beyond you - but just hope that the authors find a way to make this more available to those that need it!
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on 7 June 2013
This is a deceptively simple book - but my 11 year old really loved it and keeps going back to it, so the authors really know what they are doing. When kids on the spectrum are so quick to pick up other knowledge sometimes, it can always come as a surprise how much social situations need to be simplified and broken down to further understanding. Unlike other reviewers we didn't find the US language slant of fputting or a problem. Said 11 year old already avid Simpsons fan etc and was quite taken with the passing resemblence these cartoon detectives had to them.
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on 29 April 2017
Easy to follow
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on 10 May 2013
This book is a must-have to help children who have autistic spectrum disorder or other social communication difficulties.. Lots of key social concepts with great cartoon illustrations that appeal to children of all ages. I've found it good to read through again and again, to help children understand, retain and apply the ideas to their own lives.
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on 17 November 2013
I gave this 5 stars as it is a great resource that will have practical application to support pupils with ASD and others withSocial communication difficulties. It adds a fun element as well as teaching practical ways for pupil to unpick the nuances of communication
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on 30 May 2016
Very helpful book for a friend's child.
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on 16 April 2017
Loved it!
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on 25 March 2013
This may well be useful if the user has been carefully trained. It is very American, so much of the language would not work in UK.
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on 29 December 2014
work a lot with ASD.It's a useful tool. Provides non judgemental language to discuss their behaviour.
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