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Introduction. 1. Part 1: What People's Brains Think About. 2. Part 2: What Computers and Brains Remember. 3. Part 3: The Network of Minds and People's Thoughts About You. 4. Part 4: Exploring Other People's Likes and Dislikes. 5. Part 5: Games and Learning Activities.

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Explains to children with ASD how, just like a computer saves and shares files, people remember and share their impressions of each other

About the Author

Joel Shaul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in ASDs. Through his organization, Autism Teaching Strategies, he provides professional workshops on social skills teaching and effective counseling methods. He is co-creator of Ryuu social skills products and author of The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum and The Green Zone Conversation Book: Finding Common Ground in Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum. He provides clinical and consultation services at The Watson Institute of Sewickley, PA. Joel's website is autismteachingstrategies.com.


As a parent of a child with social delays, I found Shaul's visual "computer metaphor" to be an excellent tool in breaking down the complexity of social exchanges. As a professional, I found the games, worksheets, and concrete strategies provided to be extremely helpful in teaching perspective taking and theory of mind. In our computer savvy world, this book is a must read for helping children of all ages gain social insight. -- Tarin Varughese, M.A., CCC-SLP, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Author of Social Communication Cues for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Conditions
Joel is a master in teaching social skills. His latest book helps children with Autism to develop an understanding that everyone has their own take on reality. By likening the brain to a computer and incorporating the clever use of visuals, this book is sure to resonate with those on the spectrum. Deciding on whether to buy it should be a no-brainer! -- Kay Al-Ghani, Specialist Advisory Teacher and author of The Red Beast: Controlling Anger in Children with Asperger's Syndrome
This book is a creative and highly useful way of explaining social thinking to children on the autism spectrum. Once again, Joel has created a very clear, concise, and visual way of reaching the minds of these incredible children! -- Lisa McDonough, LCSW

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