‘Social story’ strategy to be discussed at autism summit

BOWLING GREEN –The 13th annual autism summit, hosted by Bowling Green State University, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union ballroom on the BGSU campus.
The summit will focus on the “social story,” a strategy for helping people with autism deal with social concepts as well as challenging life issues. Carol Gray, developer of the technique, will give the keynote address, “The Social Story Trunk in the Attic: Discovering Practical Strategies for Difficult Issues.”
Gray is an author and speaker with 30 years experience as a teacher and consultant working on behalf of children and adults with autism. In 1991, she developed Social Stories, which is now used worldwide to help people with autism make sense of their environment and develop effective responses. Gray has published on a range of topics related to the education and welfare of people with autism and is the recipient of several awards for her international contributions.
Through the lectures, demonstrations and activities, participants in the summit will learn how Social Stories may be used to support the development of self-esteem, emotion regulation and friendships, as well as how they may be used to explain difficult topics like natural disasters, unwelcome changes, peer-generated violence, divorce and terminal illness.
The cost of the conference varies by participant. To register, call the Office of University Outreach at 419-372-8181.



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