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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Center for Social Cognition
Dr. Karina Poirier, Psy.D., is a board-certified behavior analyst and certified cognitive educational therapist. She is the author of the book, Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism. Her Center for Social Cognition is a developmental clinic, with a focus on helping children with autism, down syndrome, and attention disorders achieve maximum potential.
Emotional Awarness in Autism
Children with autism often have trouble recognizing emotions in themselves and in other people. They have trouble decoding complex emotions like pride and loneliness.
Can Your Child Mind Read?
When dealing with children with autism, you hear a lot about “Theory of Mind” (ToM). While this may sound like an abstract, philosophical concept, it has a specific meaning in the field of psychology.
Initiating Conversation in Autism
Children with autism often have trouble starting, continuing, and ending conversations with others, which reduces their opportunities for social interaction with peers.