In checking out conferences to exhibit and sell the Octaband, I found what looks like a wonderful resource for people who work with people with autism. Michelle Garcia Winner leads workshops and conferences and with her team has written many books on the subject.
I was particularly drawn to a book entitled Politically Incorrect Look at Evidence-Based Practices and Teaching Social Skills, A by Michelle Garcia Winner.
"The concept of teaching social skills shortchanges the dynamic process that actually produces social skills. This issue is most acutely seen in students with autism spectrum disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, PDD-NOS, nonverbal learning disability (NVLD) and those who are undiagnosed but who are disrupting the classroom. These individuals struggle daily within an education system that is ill-suited to meet their needs. This book is for adults who are looking for strong background and recommendations for best practices for teaching social information to higher level students of all ages on the autism spectrum and with related disabilities."
On the other hand, the book Whole Body Listening Larry at School by Kristen Wilson and Elizabeth Sautter may teach what it purports to teach, that is "how two siblings, Leah and Luka struggle to focus their brains and bodies during the school day. Kindly, a peer mentor helps to explain to these students how they need to use their eyes, hands, feet, heart, brain, etc. to listen in group environments to not only access the information but to work as part of a group" but is a disappointing way for me to think about the concept of "Whole Body Listening". I understand that when one is listening to others speak, we need to listen fully. However, as Winner suggests above, our "education system ... is ill-suited to meet their needs." As a culture and within our education system, we so ignore our bodies. I hope that in their book, Wilson and Sautter teach the children first to listen to themselves through their bodies, and then to listen to others.
I am particularly drawn to this topic as it seems that people with mid to late stage dementia are quite expert at reading nonverbal communication. They have much to teach the rest of us. However, that doesn't mean that they are good at "social thinking" as they may not have the ability to consciously empathize with others.