Books by Dr. Jed Baker!


No More Meltdowns - Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior
By Dr. Jed Baker

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It could happen at the grocery store. At a restaurant. At school. At home. Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult, but Dr. Baker can help! Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results!

Dr. Baker offers an easy-to-follow, 4-step model that will improve your everyday relationships with the children in your life:

1) Managing your own emotions by adjusting your expectations,
2) Learning strategies to calm a meltdown in the moment,
3) Understanding why a meltdown occurs, and
4) Creating plans to prevent future meltdowns.

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No More Meltdowns is now an App!
A Companion website and mobile app to the book No More Meltdowns, by Jed Baker, PhD

Positive strategies for managing and preventing out-of-control behavior: It could happen at the grocery store. At a restaurant. At school. At home. Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult. This website and mobile app can help!

Record behavior while it happens: Use a PC to enter behaviors and triggers online, or use an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or touch-based smartphone.


Social Skills Picture Book by Dr. Jed Baker

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Order the book alone or along with the Accompanying CD!
(CD is meant to be used along with the book as a teaching tool. It contains all the photos from the book but no text. The CD can also be purchased alone if you already own this book, you can find it in the DVD and CD category.)

Just 15 years ago, Dr. Jed Baker discovered a child with Asperger’s syndrome among the New Jersey public school students who was participating in the University of Medicine and Dentistry School-based Programs.

Asperger’s syndrome is a complex disorder, often defined as a high-functioning form of autism. It is characterized by a lack of social common sense, things like how to play or make friends or pick up social cues. As a result, an Asperger’s child usually has difficulty in interacting with others. “Many children just don’t pick up intuitively on how to make friends,” he explained. “Some want to, but we need to teach those kids how.”

Baker concluded the Asperger’s student he had found needed a group with whom to learn interaction and social skills, “but, when we looked for something, we discovered there was nothing at that time.”

Not to be deterred by the total lack of such a group’s existence, Baker began a single group. The group evolved and subsequently expanded into multiple groups. He organized those into the Social Skills Training Project, a family therapy and consultative services practice for families of students with social-communication difficulties.

“It never occurred to me there was such a huge need,” he muses. Although no one knows the reasons why, autism has grown by gargantuan proportions in the last decade. In the United States alone, autism grew by 172 % compared to a 16% growth rate in all disabilities in the same period (and a 13% growth rate in the U.S. population). In some school districts, such as California’s, the autistic growth has been 273% (data gathered by the Autism Society of America).

During the same period, Baker began work in an autism program at Northern Valley Regional High School District and developed The Social Skills Picture Book. It is based on the premise that “seeing is learning.”

The Social Skills Picture Book immediately zoomed to the top of the chart in books on autism and Asperger’s because it provides a teaching tool that “engages the attention and motivation of students who need help learning appropriate social skills,”.

It demonstrates through pictures nearly 30 social skills, such as conversation, play, emotion management and empathy. “Children of all ages learn more effectively when pictures are used to supplement verbal descriptions and instructions,” Baker contends. “It’s particularly effective, or most helpful, when people build their own picture books, because they can see themselves in the book.”

The book is not only valuable for autistic children. “We’ve discovered that what is helpful for kids with autism is also helpful for most kids,” explains Baker. “That’s because breaking down skills into basic components is a good way for all to learn social skills.” For example, there’s a picture in the book of two children at a lunchroom table, where one of them is eating. The book tells the child that, to be sociable, he first could ask a question about what the other student is doing. “What are you eating?” asks one. “A bagel,” answers the other.

Then, the book tells the child it is beneficial (socially) to ask follow-up questions about the activity, like “How does it taste?” “Almost anyone can benefit from these basics,” explains Baker. “If a child is not initiating play, talking to or looking at his peers, he may need parental and/or professional intervention, the earlier the better.”

Most children need and usually want social skills to make friends, and, often, their level of happiness and productivity is dependant on these fundamentals. The Social Skills Picture Book attempts to teach these critical social skills by visually showing children what to do.

 



No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators, and Scams
By Dr. Jed Baker (2013)

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The digital world of cell phones and other Internet devices offers a wonderful way to communicate, yet it is also rife with dangers of being victimized emotionally, physically, and financially. No More Victims addresses three areas of concern: cyber bullying, online sexual predators, and Internet scams. Individuals on the autism spectrum may be particularly susceptible to such victimization because of challenges with perspective taking, isolation and increased time online, and difficulty with assertive communication skills. No More Victims describes ways to prevent all three forms of cyber abuse.


Preparing for Life - The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome by Dr. Jed Baker

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The author of the best-selling, Social Skills Picture Book now speaks to the growing challenge of social skills in young, and-not-so-young, adults with autism/Asperger's Syndrome. Often the barrier to success, the lack of social skills can be frustrating and a very real challenge. This easy-to-follow resource provides a complete toolbox of skills that can open doors to opportunities. Includes sections on perspective taking, non-verbal communication, conversational skills, goal setting, and stress management. Explains options and types of assistance available educationally and legally.


Social Skills Picture Book for
High School and Beyond

by Dr. Jed Baker

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In 2001, based on the success of the Social Skills Training Project, Dr. Baker wrote The Social Skills Picture Book, designed for young children with social challenges. The
positive response from parents and teachers was overwhelming.

Now, in response to the deluge of requests from parents with children in their teens, here is Dr. Baker’s long-awaited book, specifically geared toward older students.

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School
and Beyond
offers:

· A visual learning format

Photos of actual students engaging in a wide variety of social situations show, rather than tell, the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. Most significantly, they visually illustrate the positive and negative consequences of both ways of interacting.

· A way for students & families to create their own
Social Skills booklets

Students are encouraged to use photographs of themselves to create a booklet for each skill they learn. (The booklets can later be combined into a “book,” if desired.) This is a creative, exciting way to personalize each skill as they learn it, and has the further advantage of making performance of the skills more concrete. These booklets can also serve as a reference, should skills need to be refreshed in the future.

· Real-life situations that are important to teens, such as:

Making new friends

Asking questions in class

Saying hello and goodbye

Making supportive statements

Interrupting a conversation

Respecting each other’s space

Giving class presentations

Doing difficult schoolwork

Forbidden topics

Working as part of a group

Asking someone out on a date

Interviewing for a job

Asking for help when needed

Making mistakes

And much, much more!

 

 

Social Skills Training by Dr. Jed Baker

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A "how to" manual, Jed Baker puts his experience with social skills training groups into a curriculum that "really works." The book covers everything from assessment and strategies for social skills training to behavior managment and peer acceptance through sensitivity training. The strength of the book is in its over seventy lesson plans and activities, which makes it ready-to-use for parents and teachers.

 

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