Example Outlines

What's the Story?

Jan. 17, 2012

  1. Hook (grabs the reader's attention)
  • Social skills associated with ASDs
  • Description of Social Stories™ and social stories
  • Key social story criteria
  • Evolution of social stories
  1. Case study
  • Description of teen with ASD
    • Academics
    • Talents
    • Deficits
    • Voice difficulties
  • Goals for social story
    • Help teen understand importance of using strong voice
    • Participation of frequent communication partners
  • Collaborative development of social story for teen
    • Incorporate teen's interests in story
    • Incorporate teen's desire for pictures
    • Print and electronic formats and uses of each
  1. Research Basis
  • Conflicting effectiveness research
  • Areas of agreement on effectiveness
    • Team approach
    • Functional behavioral analysis
    • Comprehension checks
    • Use of repetition
  • Areas of disagreement on effectiveness
    • Reduction of problem behaviors vs. acquisition of social skills
    • Need for child to have strong language skills
  • Strategies for developing social stories
    • Sentence structure
    • Accurate and individualized information

Protecting Children From Toxicants

Nov. 22, 2011

  1. Hook
  • Brain development in utero to adolescence
  • Chemical exposure (and other factors) can interrupt development
    • Effect depends on the toxicant and the amount, length, and timing of exposure
    • Example – rubella and hearing loss
  • Growth in prevalence of disabilities
  • Growth in evidence of connections between neurotoxicants and disabilities (sidebar chart)
  • Vulnerability of children
  1. Limiting exposure
  • Individual behavior change
  • Policy reform to limit production and use of toxicants in products (e.g., lead)
  • Educating families of children with developmental disabilities about the effects of various harmful substances
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Nicotine and tobacco smoke
    • Lead
    • Pesticides
    • Mercury
    • Solvents
  1. Mitigation
  • Exposure to enriched, nurturing social environments
  • Prevention of continued and additional exposure
  • Action steps for CSD professionals
    • Take client's exposure history
    • Provide educational materials to families
    • Advocate for protective action locally and nationally
  1. Sidebars
  • List of toxicants and their association with developmental delays
  • List of resources for additional information