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Meet Dr. Karina Poirier

Dr. Karina Poirier, Director of the Center for Social Cognition, is a board-certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D). Considering that many critical skills are learned in the context of social interaction, the acquisition of appropriate social behaviors is essential to successful behavior development. Dr. Poirier provides individual and group therapy for children with autism, down syndrome, and attention disorders.

Dr. Karina Poirier

“The most amazing thing about this book is that it can easily appeal to the layperson, the scholar, and even the clinician. That’s because the author carefully explains sophisticated theories like Theory of Mind (ToM) and Executive Function (EF), while carefully illustrating ways in which these concepts directly relate to those affected by ASD. The end result is a well-researched, ASD roadmap. Suddenly, in just one book this complex disorder is demystified for the reader.”

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Center for Social Cognition

Executive Function

One reason why most students with learning problems don’t use learning strategies to improve cognitive functioning on their own is because they don’t understand metacognition, an important part of executive processing. It has two main parts: (a) understanding how you think; and (b) controlling your thinking.

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Social and Emotional Skills

Engaging in socially competent behavior requires cognitive, behavioral, and emotional processes to operate in concert. In a social setting, a child must have the ability to (a) gather and organize information about the social environment, including people and events involved, (b) interpret this information and make meaning of it, (c) self-regulate behavior by inhibiting impulsive responses to it, and (d) decide how to respond appropriately to the situation.

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Ultimate Roadmap To Autism Recovery

The Social Potential Roadmap is a turnkey solution for building an effective clinical intervention that achieves maximum potential for learners. Dr. Poirier reveals how to use guided social interaction to advance development.  She shares practical strategies to teach highly-effective storytelling, social language, friendship skills, and problem solving skills that are vital to intellectual growth.

The Social Potential Roadmap is designed to help a child (a) develop an awareness of his interactive strengths and weaknesses; (b) develop knowledge of social rules, roles, and routines; (c) learn how to recognize and understand social behavior in other people; (d) learn how to communicate his intentions correctly; (e) learn how to change the way he communicates to meet changing social needs; and (f) learn how to start and maintain interaction with others.

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Social Curriculum

Unlocking Social Potential in Autism

Autism is a journey in which the child and her family navigate challenges and experience achievements along the way. To guide you in this rewarding journey, Dr. Karina Poirier offers her expertise in this book that educators and parents will find incredibly useful.

Unlocking Social Potential in Autism is the Ultimate Roadmap to Autism Recovery. Dr. Poirier shares her years of working with children with autism into an easy-to-follow blueprint. In this book, you will find the answers you’ve desperately been seeking. Dr. Poirier has provided in simple, easy to comprehend language, an overview of child development, a descriptive explanation of how autism affects each developmental area, and guidelines for advancing the child’s development. You will appreciate the multitude of hands-on, sample guided social interaction lessons for teaching social and emotional skills, language, problem-solving and decision making, and play skills to children with autism.

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The Poirier Social Potential Curriculum

Research clearly indicates that developing a child’s social and emotional understanding is far more effective when it includes tasks that build and strengthen their mental tools, or executive function. Executive function has been linked directly to social and emotional skills—yet developing executive function is rarely part of an intervention program, even though they should be.

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