Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism – New Edition Coming in July 2019.

A diagnosis of autism for your child can be devastating, but don’t despair. Our understanding of autism has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. While autism may not be completely curable, the Poirier Social Potential Roadmap can help you bring out the maximum potential in your child.

In her book, Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism, The Ultimate Roadmap to Autism Recovery Dr. Poirier distills her years of working with children with autism and similar disorders into an easy-to-follow blueprint explaining the causes and sound treatment to tackle autism. Her Developmental Curriculum comprises the second half of the book. While thorough, it too is designed for ease-of-use by professional and caregivers.

Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism is written in a plain, straightforward style for professional and caregivers.

Poirier Social Potential Curriculum

DKPStore_SocialPotentialCurriculumA Highly-Innovative Social and Emotional Learning System: Unlock the Social Potential of an Autistic Child

This extensive program delivers comprehensive guided social interaction lessons that are of great teaching value to clinicians, educators and caregivers of children with autism and other cognitive deficits.

Childhood should be the best years of our life. Every child should be free to dream big dreams, play with their friends, begin life-long relationships, and create the foundation for living a joyful, exuberant life. This is the way it should be. However, life can be different for children who lack the social and emotional skills many of us take for granted. For these children, their early years are often characterized by…

  • Isolation
  • Ridicule
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Academic failure

Unfortunately, this can be typical of children with autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and other developmental delays. In addition, the stress and strain on parents can be frustrating and disheartening.

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 functions have been linked directly to social and emotional skills—yet developing executive functions is rarely part of a social skills program, even though they should be.

The Poirier Social Potential Curriculum advances higher-order mental skills

The Poirier Social Potential Curriculum is a fully encompassing social competence program that improves the social and emotional skills of children with autism and related disorders.

The complete curriculum includes empowering social-based lessons that construct and expand …

    • Emotional awareness and intelligence
    • Friendship and storytelling abilities
    • Conflict resolution and problem solving skills

Taking it further, the Curriculum uses  guided social interaction to teach children to empathize with others, so they can truly relate to what another is feeling.

Recent studies indicate the ability to take a major step forward and increase the emotional intelligence of children with autism, or other developmental delays, is pivotal to their ability to form lasting relationships and thrive throughout their life.

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Teaching Emotional Thinking in Autism: Basic Emotions

Learn to effectively nurture emotional development, emotion recognition, and emotion comprehension skills in children with autism and related social deficits through an evidenced-based educational approach that develops emotional literacy.

Drawing from highly-interactive lessons that highlight social interaction, children with autism will gain the ability to…

  • Recognize their own and others’ emotions
  • Distinguish how emotions can be tied to certain events
  • Demonstrate empathy for others

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Teaching Emotional Thinking in Autism: Complex Emotions

Teach key skills in the development of advanced emotional literacy in children with autism and other social skill limitations. Using a proven guided social interaction-based approach, children will build on the emotional lessons shared in, Teaching Emotional Thinking in Autism: Basic Emotions

They’ll learn how to evaluate a more complex spectrum of feelings that include…

  • Guilt
  • Confusion
  • Hope
  • Sensitivity related to keeping things private or secret


Teaching Narrative Ability in Autism

Bridge a gap that exists in children with autism and other developmental delays by helping them develop skills needed to understand and tell a coherent story.

Through guided social interaction-based lessons, children develop narrative skills that include the ability to…

  • Recall immediate and delayed events in a specific order
  • Recognize emotions within characters
  • Comprehend character motivations
  • Explore emotional relationships between characters
  • Relate to character’s feelings
  • Develop and tell a story of their own

By gaining the ability to formulate these fundamental narrative abilities, children will be able to integrate them into their lives, and better navigate relationships and situations they face in the everyday world.


Teaching Social Language in Autism

Master social interaction techniques that enable you to teach pragmatic language skills to children with autism and other developmental delays. This enables them to apply meaning to words beyond their dictionary definition based on social context that includes…

  • Vocal tones
  • Facial expressions
  • Body language

We take for granted our ability to understand the underlying meaning of words based on social situations. However, children with autism and developmental delays often lack the pragmatic language skills to recognize humor or nuance.

This can lead to a very literal interpretation of words, which makes it difficult to engage in a positive way with peers.

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Teaching Friendship Skills in Autism

Utilize the Poirier Social Potential Curriculum to teach friendship skills to children with social skills deficits. You’ll leverage proven guided social interaction techniques to bring emphasis to core behaviors that characterize a good friendship, such as…

  • Following rules
  • Respecting boundaries
  • Sharing ideas and keeping promises
  • Understanding compromise
  • Expressing respect and gratitude
  • Supporting each other through good times and bad
  • Recognizing the line between a true friend and a bully

You’ll gain skills needed to help pull autistic children away from a lonely existence, so they can learn the skills required to initiate and maintain healthy friendships.

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Teaching Social Reasoning and Decision Making in Autism

Guide children with autism and other developmental delays through a proven process by which they will learn essential problem solving and conflict resolution principles. These are complex skills you can help them develop by advancing their ability to…

  • Analyze
  • Reflect
  • Create
  • Reason

Building these skills through innovative guided social interaction processes eliminates the risk of negative consequences that come through impulsive reactions.

Children will also become more confident by gaining the ability to solve problems on their own and assert themselves among other kids.


Teaching Social Play Skills in Autism

One of the foundations of the Social Potential Curriculum is the value of play. This book teaches why play matters, and how to help a child rise above his autism to make valuable social connections.

Play is widely believed to be good for both learning and socialization, because it contributes to social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Through play, a child acquires the tools she needs to understand and gain meaning from the world around her, and learns to use that information to interact with other people and objects. She can also store this information in order to build an internal “library” of social knowledge—what we often refer to as theory of mind (ToM).