Books on Social Skills Development

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Baker, Jed
In 2001, Dr. Baker wrote The Social Skills Picture Book, designed for young children with social communication challenges. Now, in response to the deluge of requests from parents with children in their teens, here is Dr. Baker's long-awaited book, specifically geared toward older students. The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers a visual learning format. Photos of actual students engaging in a wide variety of social situations show, rather than tell, the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. They visually illustrate the positive and negative consequences of both ways of interacting. The book also offers instructions for students & families to create their own social skills booklets. The social skills address real-life situations that are important to teens, such as: making new friends, asking someone out on a date, doing difficult schoolwork, interviewing for a job, and much, much more!

Baker, Jed
Seeing is learning. Dr. Jed Baker embraces this philosophy in this a dynamic teaching tool that engages the attention and motivation of students who need a little extra help learning appropriate social skills by using pictures of children mastering skills such as communication, play, emotion, and empathy.

Baker, Jed E.
Whether it's learning how long one can look at somebody without being accused of staring; how to shift topics, despite one's desire to stick with that all-consuming special interest; how to say no to peer pressure; or dealing with a sensitive topic - it's all here...and more. In this comprehensive and user-friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. After brief introductory chapters on skills to target, instructional strategies, behavior management, promoting generalization, etc., as well as a special chapter by Brenda Smith Myles on relevant characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, the reader is presented with the essence of this must-have resource: 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. A concluding chapter on promoting peer acceptance offers sensitivity training programs for both students of various age groups and school staff, making this a complete social skills training package for students of all ages.

Barekat, Rachael
This collection of practical, hands-on social skills activities are easy for both parents and teachers to carry out with the child. The activities result in a finished product that can serve as a reminder to reinforce skills in addition to practicing reading, writing, fine-motor, etc.

Baron-Cohen, Simon
If your child or student can't recognize the expression of surprise, stress, joy, or any one of 409 additional emotions, Mind Reading is an engaging computer program with actors who depict emotional levels from the simple to the complex. An invaluable resource for teachers and parents of children on the autism spectrum, Mind Reading can also be utilized by people working in the dramatic arts. It offers a variety of fames, lessons, quizzes and rewards for learning or recognizing emotional expression. *Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, plays a part in Mind Reading.

Begun, Ruth Weltmann
This unique Library gives teachers and specialists a stimulating, systematic way to develop positive social behaviors in students of all abilities, grades 4-12. Included are over 125 tested lessons and reproducible worksheets in two separately printed, self-contained volumes, each tailored to the developmental needs of students at a particular grade level, 4-6 or 7-12. For easy use, the lessons in each volume follow a uniform format, including titles, behavioral objective, and simple 8-step lesson plan. The lesson activities and worksheets are based on real-life situations and help build students' self-esteem, self-control, and respect for the rights of others.

Cardon, Teresa
The often overlooked area of emotions, which poses a major challenge for children with autism spectrum and other social cognitive challenges, receives major emphasis in this collection of easy-to-use activities for children ages 4-18. Children learn to identify and respond to their own feelings as well as the feelings of others, thereby improving their chances of maintaining and establishing fulfilling and successful social relationships.

Carter, M.A.; Santomauro, Josie
Student's Manual

Carter, M.A.; Santomauro, Josie
This interactive social skills program, developed for students with ASD and other social cognitive challenges, takes students on a journey into space. Here they learn major social skills, including understanding emotions, feelings and thinking patterns, reflective problem solving, stress release, dealing with bullying, goal setting and self-regulation. The space theme is sure to appeal to students in 4-5 grade. An accompanying student manual gives students a permanent record of their accomplishments and allow teachers and parents to review and assess children's progress.

Carter, Margaret Anne
Based on a pirate theme, this social understanding program is for preschool-to third-grade children who have social cognitive challenges, including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The program is designed to help these children learn constructive social interaction skills in the area of friendship making, social problem solving, and emotional expression. This eight-adventure pirate voyage includes the following focus areas: social understanding, friendship making, emotional literacy and emotional expression, relaxing, social problem solving, and responding to bullying incidents. Some of the adventures include: "Pirates and Buccaneers" where the pirates are introduced to helpful versus unhelpful ways of being a friend, and "Shiver Me Timbers" where the pirates explore appropriate ways to express their emotions.

Cohen, Cathi
Parents, this book offers direct, sense-making, step-by-step exercises that parents can do with their children to increase their social skills and awareness. Based on the highly successful social skills training groups that have been directed by Cathi Cohen for many years, Raise Your Child's Social I.Q. provides parents with the structure to work on skills at home--how to join a group, how to choose friends, how to notice what people around you are feeling, how to handle angry feelings and much, much more.

Cooper, Barbara
Making friends is a skill like any other--there are rules to follow, ways to measure your progress, and reasons why some people are better at it than others. Although it may seem like this skill comes naturally to those who don't have Asperger's disorder, nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), or other problems relating to others, the reality is that even the most popular people must constantly hone their abilities in order to make new friends and keep the friends they already have. This workbook includes forty activities you can do to recognize and use your unique strengths, understand the unspoken rules behind how people relate to each other, and improve your social skills. After completing the activities in this workbook, you will discover that you can get along with others and build friendships despite the challenges you face. All you need is the confidence to be yourself while still keeping the feelings of others in mind.

Cornish, Ursula; Ross, Fiona
Following the success of their social skills work with children and adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and other moderate learning difficulties, Ursula Cornish and Fiona Ross have compiled a set of imaginative training sessions and workshops for teachers. Based on a multi-sensory cognitive-behavioral approach, the sessions cover pre-post intervention evaluation schedules, interview and observation tools and specification of materials that can be used and adapted by teachers to suit their individual needs.

Coucouvanis, Judith; Myles, Brenda Smith
Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges is SUPER at many levels. Based on a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, Judy Coucouvanis presents 30 lessons grouped under four types of skills necessary for social success: fundamental skills, social initiation skills, getting along with others, and social response skills. Each lesson is highly structured and organized, making it easy for even inexperienced teachers and other group leaders to follow and implement successfully. A series of practical checklists and other instruments provide a solid foundation for assessing students' social skills levels and subsequent planning.

Csoti, Marianna
Children, particularly those with special needs, can require considerable help in learning how to relate to other people and how to behave positively and appropriately in social situations. In this practical and helpful book, Marianna Csoti emphasises the benefits that learning communication and social skills can have for these children, including better friendships and increased self-esteem. The numerous detailed tasks and practical examples enable parents, professionals and carers to work with children on improving their social skills and social awareness, and respecting themselves and other people. Topics covered include: Helping children with special needs; making and keeping friends; social rules; body language; feelings, including shyness and anger; listening skills and social safety. Suitable for use with children aged 7-16, on a one-to-one basis or in small groups, this practical and comprehensive book will be an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to help children to increase their social understanding and awareness.

Dansmore, Ann
For parents, therapists, and teachers, one of the most frustrating aspects of autism and similar disorders is that children affected are not social. They do not interact with others--even parents and siblings--and often seem unaware of the people and environment around them. In this work, therapist Ann E. Densmore takes us with her as she works with children with autism in a remarkable program she has developed to lead such children into the social world. They travel to farms, ponds, playgrounds, and other natural settings where they interact with peers and siblings, and with the novel therapist whose play therapy has brought remarkable results for many children. Using a conversational style that allows readers to "look over her shoulder" during sessions, Densmore explains her approach to inspiring social contact, Narrative Play. A child moves through four stages in this approach, finally combining language, play and narrative skills to interact with others. The work includes interviews with parents of children with autism, and will be of wide interest to professionals, teachers, parents, and family members who can use this approach to help a child move into the social world. This work, and the theory it promulgates will also interest students of psychology, special education, pediatrics, neurology, and speech.

Davies, Amelia
Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. In this book, Adam helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS; he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

Downey, Martha Kate; Downey, Kate Noelle
The population of women with special needs face unique challenges. Vulnerability, abuse and social isolation are common - leading to a much higher incidence of psychological problems, molestation and abuse. The People in a Girl's Life guides challenged young women towards being better informed for safer, happier, more independent lives. The People in a Girl's Life presents social problems faced by adolescent girls and the additional problems that can surface if the young woman has special needs. Presented in a series of question and answer letters, this book tackles interfamily relations, friendship, relationships, and personal social skills. The issues raised are made easily accessible by the inclusion of boxes that summarise the letters and the highlighting of key issues within the letters. The author offers honest and sensible advice drawn from personal experience that she has gained from raising her daughter and years of teaching. Not only useful for young women, this book provides an insight into problems that many adolescent girls face today and can serve as a starting point for discussion between parents and daughters about the sensitive issues of growing up.

Duke, Marshall P.; Martin, Elisabeth A.; Nowicki, Stephen
Scientific studies show that up to 90% of any message is communicated nonverbally, and that nonverbal skills relate directly to academic achievement and social success. Only 10% of the population is truly deficient in these skills; 80% of us have room for improvement. Fortunately, nonverbal communication can be both taught and learned, just like any other language. Clinical psychologists Nowicki and Duke have devoted their careers to this groundbreaking research. Now they have joined with educator Elisabeth Martin to create a valuable book which shows parents and teachers how to improve children's nonverbal communication skills, offering the tools children need to communicate ideas and establish and maintain relationships. Using case studies, exercises, and illustrations, the authors outline the six channels of nonverbal communication and show adults how to access a child's strengths and weaknesses. *Does she sense how close to stand to another person? *Does he understand the unspoken rules about touching people? *Does he know the types of appropriate posture for approaching a group? *Does she recognize variations in tone of voice, and the meaning they add to the verbal message? While not prescribing conformity, the authors offer readers the opportunity to help children acquire the skills which will lead to their future happiness.

Elman; Natalie Madorsky; Moore, Eileen Kennedy
"Nobody likes me!" is a complaint that parents hear all too often, and few utterances make them feel more helpless. Now help is at hand: This practical and compassionate guidebook enables parents to sharpen any child's social skills by pinpointing the child's particular social strengths and difficulties. Some children have trouble resolving arguments, some find themselves in a constant clash of wills, and some have trouble making any friends at all. Each chapter--from "The Shy Child" to "The Little Adult," from "The Short-Fused Child" to "The Sensitive Soul"--uses case studies that focus on the specific social conventions that certain children don't "get," and offers drills that parents and teachers can use to help children understand the unspoken underpinnings of social situations, the knowledge essential to building, sustaining, and repairing relationships.

Frankel, Fred; Myatt, Robert
A guide for therapists treating children with peer problems. Presents a comprehensive social skills training program with step-by-step interventions. Includes clinical and empirical rationales, case examples, and parent handouts with specific guidelines and homework assignments.

Frankel, Fred; Wetmore, Barry
This guide teaches parents clinically-tested techniques from UCLA's world-renowned Children's Social Skills Program for helping their 5- to 12-year-olds make friends and solve problems with other kids. Also provided is concrete help for handling teasing, bullying, and meanness, both for the child who is picked on and for the tormentor.

Garcia Winner, Michele
One of the most successful tools used at Michelle G. Winner's Center for Social Thinking is the Social Behavior Map (SBM). Michelle developed the SBM as a cognitive behavior strategy to teach individuals about the specific relationship between behaviors, other's perspective, other's actions (consequences), and the student's own emotions about those around him or her. The SBM is a visual tool that displays these abstract concepts through a flow chart. Now, Michelle and her team of talented therapists have created a collection of over 50 Social Behavior Maps covering a range of topics for home, community and the classroom. Social Behavior Mapping - Connecting Behavior, Emotions and Consequences Across the Day is geared for use by parents and professionals to help those with social thinking challenges understand what behaviors are expected and unexpected in a way that makes sense to their way of thinking.

Giler, Janet Z.
Socially ADDept helps parents teach the hidden rules of communication to children who are having social problems. The manual is in a workbook format and guides parents through each topic through a series of exercises and suggested dialogue. Some of the topics covered are how to handle teasing, use appropriate body language, comprehend jokes and sarcasm, and join groups effectively. Socially ADDept is easy to read and use.

Gray, Carol
Social Stories help the child with autism or Asperger's Syndrome to understand the social world around them. This book is an updated version of the New Social Story Book with new text and accompanying illustrations.

Gray, Carol
The newest offering by Carol Gray. It is an updated version of The New Social Story Book with new text and accompanying illustrations that give the child a visual interpretation of the story.

Gray, Carol
Carol Gray's social stories have been used all over the world to teach social and life skills to children on the autism spectrum. Taking the form of short narratives, the stories in My Social Stories Book take children step-by-step through basic activities such as brushing your teeth, taking a bath and wearing a safety belt in the car. These stories are written for preschoolers aged 2-6 and form a useful primer for non-autistic as well as autistic children. My Social Stories Book contains almost 200 stories, arranged in sets, and is illustrated throughout with line drawings by Sean McAndrew.

Grove, Nicola; Park, Keith
A practical literature resource for teachers and therapists working with children and adults with learning disabilities, this new book uses the context of Shakespeare's Macbeth to develop the skills of social cognition. The resource includes practical activities based on the play, a framework for linking skills of social cognition to the drama activities, and case studies of the work in practice with different groups. Through their understanding of the atmosphere, the story line and the language of the play, people with learning disabilities will be able to experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation of engaging fully with a literary text. The authors explore the drama within the play and its key themes, such as the tension between trust and betrayal, the origins and consequences of desire, the nature of appearance and in particular the problem of knowing what is in another person's mind. They show how these questions are central to the process of forming a social identity, and to the understanding of a 'theory of mind'. Participants are helped to develop the key skills of imitation, joint attention and the understanding of mental states. An essential resource for professionals, this book will enable them to develop social skills with people with learning disabilities in creative and effective ways, and to contribute to the move to bring literature to a wider audience.

Gustein, Steve
Remove our emotional bonds with family, colleagues and friends and few of us would want to go on living. Yet establishing and maintaining such bonds is particularly difficult for people on the autism spectrum. This volume contains over 200 enjoyable and stimulating activities and exercises ranging over the entire gamut of social and emotional development, and is applicable to anyone, regardless of diagnosis, but will be particularly valuable for those on the autism spectrum. Activities can be undertaken independently, or with a teacher or therapist, and a full schema for the evaluation of progress and objectives is included. A companion website, free to purchasers provides a wealth of further information and support. Clinical Psychologists and husband/wife team Steven Gutstein and Rachelle Sheely are founders of the internationally known Connections Center for Relationship Development and the Monarch Therapeutic School. Steven Gutstein is the author of Autism/Aspergers's: Solving the Relationship Puzzle.

Gutstein, Steven
Friendship, even for the most able, requires hard work, and the odds are heavily stacked against those with autism spectrum disorders. Designed for younger children, typically between the ages of two and eight, this comprehensive set of activities emphasizes foundation skills such as social referencing, regulating behavior, conversational reciprocity and synchronized actions. The authors include over 300 objectives to plan and evaluate a child's progress, each one related to a specific exercise. Suitable for parental use, the manual is also designed for easy implementation in schools and in therapeutic settings. A comprehensive website acts as companion to the book, free to purchasers.

Gutstein, Steven; Sheely, Rachelle
This two volume set includes Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD and Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD.

Harpur, John
Focusing on the development of interaction skills through teaching social competence, the authors explain how to design an effective social skills intervention programme whose primary objective is successful peer interaction. They describe the methodology, philosophy and science underpinning their approach and include a template for a sample course currently administered over six months. Guidance is given on what resources to choose from the wide range of available intervention programmes, and many case study examples are also provided. The authors outline session formats, possible problems and solutions, and emphasise the significance of the therapist's attitude and the role of parents in building social confidence. This book will be an excellent resource for anyone involved with designing and delivering socialisation training to adolescents with AS, from parents and teachers to counsellors and therapists.

Howley, Marie; Arnold, Eileen
The Social Stories approach is widely acknowledged as a key technique for helping people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) understand and become familiar with social and life skills. This book, recommended by the originator of Social Stories, Carol Gray, is an authoritative guide to writing and using successful and targeted Social Stories to develop understanding of social interaction. The authors explain the key elements of Social Stories, review the guidelines for writing them, and help writers to structure and develop their stories. They provide detailed guidance and encouragement for the different stages of what is often a challenging process, offering advice on presentation and suggestions for using the approach to enhance other strategies. Revealing the Hidden Social Code is essential reading for any professional, parent or carer wanting to employ Social Stories to address the kinds of social challenges commonly experienced by people with ASDs.

Hudson, Jill
Along with coauthor Amy Bixler, Jill Hudson has developed another of her trademark short, to-the-point resources that will be used again and again by parents and educators. This time the focus is on the every day, how to enable and support individuals on the autism spectrum to participate, to the maximum extent possible, in the community around them. In this simple book, the authors provide a framework for identifying the areas where an individual with ASD may need support to participate more fully and successfully in community activities. The framework, created as a Blueprint to be filled in, depending on the child and the outing being planned, lists 10 areas identified in best practice as effective types of support for children with ASD. Areas includewaiting plan, communication, social, visual, hidden curriculum, sensory, motivation, behavior, transition, and siblings or other students. For each area on the Blueprint, parents, teachers, coaches, family members anybody who lives or works with the child fills in ahead of time the support that best matches the child s needs for a given event. The hope is that the specially designed Blueprint will become second nature to its users as they become more familiar with the areas of support the child needs in various situations.

Keating-Velasco, Joanne
A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend provides a unique glimpse of life from the perspective of a child who has severe autism. It is told through the voice of Chelsea, an 11-year-old girl, who has severe autism. Chelsea sees kids on the playground and at the park and wants to get to know them, but social interaction can be tricky for her. As Chelsea explains some of her behaviors and challenges, she compares them with issues that all kids face. By demystifying her autism, she underscores the many things she and her schoolmates have in common, prompting a typical child to think, Hey, I experience that, too! Giving Chelsea a voice provides a rare insight into what a child with autism faces daily. Chelsea discusses issues of eye contact and explains echolalia. Chelsea cheerfully shows us that if we look closely, we are sometimes more similar than different. She brings a fun and clear voice for children who cannot articulate the challenges that autism presents. A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend provides an enjoyable discussion-oriented format for teaching our youth about autism.

Leber, Nancy
Includes ready-to-use reproducibles. Foster a positive classroom community and build essential social skills with dozens of kid-friendly activities.

Loomis, James
Staying in the Game picks up where many social skills training programs leave off - with generalization. The book addresses this void by presenting a range of interventions aimed at promoting generalization of social skills by showing how to establish social situations that can be opportunities for generalization. Chapter 1 presents the principles upon which Staying in the Game is based and describes a model to guide efforts to enable successful generalization. Chapters 2 and 3 look at the process of identifying and assessing social opportunities and ensuring success. Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 each addresses one type of intervention: group-based work (Chapter 4), interventions by staff and parents (Chapter 5), using peer mentors (Chapter 6), and adapting extracurricular activities (Chapter 7). Chapter 8: Concludes with an overview of how to provide social opportunities. The focus of Staying in the Game goes beyond just placing students in the mainstream, to include taking advantage of inclusion by facilitating the use of typical students to address generalization of social skills - one of the most profound challenges for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Mannix, Darlene
For special educators, counselors and other professionals, here is an exciting collection of 187 ready-to-use worksheets to help students in grades 6-12 build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations and problems.

Mannix, Darlene
For all teachers of children with special needs, here are 142 ready-to-use lessons and reproducible line master activity sheets to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations. It gives the teacher a means to guide students to think about the social skill and why it is important, and provides a hands-on activity for students to work through, think about, discuss, and practice in or outside of the classroom.

Mayo, Patty; Waldo, Patty
Designed to help students develop social communication skills that would allow them to function more effectively and independently at school, at home, and in the community, this easy-to-use manual first identifies a skill and then breaks it down into "teachable units" of behavior. This is followed by a series of scripts focusing on real-life events such as responding to teasing, introducing oneself, offering help, etc. Written at a fifth-grade reading level, the program may be used with students who have a wide range of abilities, including students displaying attention deficits or self-control problems.

McAfee, Jeannette
This important new book offers a definitive program with forms, exercises, and guides for the student. It also presents significant educational guidance and supportive assistance to caregivers and teachers. Section One of Navigating helps the student reco

McCracken, Heather
The Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society, founded in 2002, develops fun and interactive programs that provide children with information about autism in age-appropriate and sensitive manners. The purpose of this program is to educate neurotypical children so that the child with ASD can assimilate into normal social situations. "That's What's Different About Me" is a packaged puppet program, based off of the Friend 2 Friend program, designed for self-use by parents, teachers, and other professionals. The kit contains: * DVD: This interactive DVD contains a brief introduction for teachers and parents, the puppet play, a review of the learning goals and friendship tips, and frequently asked questions. * Program Manual: This manual is designed to assist in implementing the That's What's Different About Me! program at home or at school. Four main sections include the philosophy of the Friend 2 Friend program, the teaching model, how to implement the program, which includes lesson plans, follow-up activities, resources, and materials, and an overview of the Integrated Play Group. * Children's Story and Coloring Book: This story and coloring book tells the story of Crystal and how she and Freddie learned to be better friends. It is adapted from the Friend 2 Friend puppet play (as seen on the DVD) into a readable story and coloring book for classroom use.

McGinnis, Ellen; Goldstein, Arnold
As one of the first social skills training approaches, Skillstreaming is now over 20 years old and continues to be widely used. A psychoeducational, behavioral approach to teaching social skills, Skillstreaming consists of (a) modeling, (b) role playing, (c) performance feedback, and (d) transfer training. Although the prodedure is appropriate for diverse types of interpersonally skill-deficient youths, its primary target has always been chronically aggressive adolescents. This user-friendly text starts with a close look at these youngsters as they exist in our schools. Subsequent chapters provide step-by-step real-world use of this curriculum accompanied by a discussion of the problems and challenges of skill generalization.

McGinnis, Ellen; Goldstein, Arnold
Convenient 3 x 5 cards designed for student use during group sessions and homework assignments. The cards list the behavioral steps for each of the 60 skills contained in the book Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child. Eight cards are provided for each skill (480 cards in all).

McGinnis, Ellen; Goldstein, Arnold
he method of Skillstreaming has already achieved success with older children. Now the same strategies are applied to children ages three to six, based on the recognition that mastery of prosocial skills plays a critical role in children's well-being and later development. This book provides teachers and others working with young children with a guiding strategy and concrete techniques for individual and group instruction in prosocial skills.

Myles, Brenda Smith
This book offers practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items make The Hidden Curriculum a much-needed resource.

Nowicki, Stephen; Duke, Marshall
Remember the kids who just didn't fit in? Maybe they stood too close, or talked too loud. Whatever the reason, we called them hurtful names, and they never understood why. Now, clinical psychologists Duke and Nowicki call these children "dyssemic," and offer some ideas of how to help them. Dyssemic children cannot readily comprehend nonverbal messages, much as dyslexics do not correctly process the written word. Yet nonverbal communication plays a vital role in our communication with others, and children who misunderstand or misuse it may face painful social rejection. In HELPING THE CHILD WHO DOESN'T FIT IN, Duke and Nowicki show parents and teachers how to assess the extent of a child's problem, as well as how to help the dyssemic child.

Packer, Alex J.
A humorous but practical guide to good manners and social skills, discussing such areas as family life, behavior in public, manners in school, eating, and clothes.

Painter, Kim Kiker
Social Skills Groups for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome is an empirically-grounded, ready-to-use curriculum for clinicians, teachers and other professionals wishing to lead social skills groups for children and adolescents with AS. It provides an introduction to AS and issues surrounding social skills, including diagnostic and assessment issues, the importance of good social skills, and treatment approaches. At the heart of the resource is a practical, user-friendly, fully photocopiable program, consisting of 10 core sessions and 13 supplementary sessions, which covers topics such as greetings, emotions, facial expressions, conversational skills and more. Each session contains an outline of the aims, the empirical basis of the skill being taught, step-by-step instructions for group leaders, and parent and teacher handouts. A comprehensive and practical social skills group program, this will be an invaluable and unique resource for clinicians, teachers, parents and professionals working with children and adolescents with AS social skills

Patrick, Nancy
This resource provides practical strategies for helping teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome to navigate social skills, friendships and relationships at home and in the community. The author offers advice and useful strategies for tackling day-to-day problems such as visits to the dentist or the doctor, searching for a job, sorting out personal finances, going on vacation, and dealing with public transport, as well as more intimate topics such as dating and acquiring and maintaining friendships. The chapters are structured around real-life scenarios and the challenges they present, followed by step-by-step solutions and suggestions. A final section provides a set of practical self-help tools, which encourage the reader to note down answers to the questions posed and record personal reflections. This accessible guide will be essential reading for teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome and their families, teachers, therapists, counsellors, carers, social and health work professionals.

Pimley, Lynn
Individuals with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty in communicating and socializing. They perceive the world in a very different way to most people, and often find the behaviour of those around them confusing and unfair. This book examines the concerns around inappropriate social behaviour that those living and working with children and adults face on a day-to-day basis. It discusses preventative measures and intervention strategies, and uses real-life case studies to illustrate these. Issues covered include: * An overview of what difficulties might be encountered at different stages in life * Strategies that can be used to alleviate the problems * How to recognize triggers and create stress-free environments * Hints and tips for those living and working with individuals with ASD.

Richman, Shira
Written in an accessible question-and-answer format for easy navigation, this book provides detailed, practical answers the real questions asked by parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). One hundred questions, organized by topic, cover common everyday problems, from advice on what to do if your autistic child routinely runs away when in the supermarket to tips on how to stop him from spitting. Shira Richman outlines succinct behavioural plans to help parents and professionals encourage appropriate behavior and help their child make progress with learning positive behavioral patterns. She also offers advice on how to recognise maladaptive behaviors and explains the reasoning behind taking a proactive approach with children on the autism spectrum. This book can be read cover to cover or used as a handy quick reference. It will be invaluable to parents of children with ASDs and the professionals working with them.

Rubin, Kenneth
Based on twenty-five years of research on friendship, Dr. Rubin uses case studies to highlight normal social development, potential problems and real distress, focusing on how to distinguish between a welladjusted solitary child and a lonely child; how to distinguish between popularity as likeability and popularity as dominance; how to respect your child's social style, particularly if it differs from your own; how to help an angry child be less aggressive; how to increase a child's social ability; how to know when not to intervene in your child's social life, among other matters of friendship.

Schneider, Cindy

Stichter, Janine
The purpose of this booklet is to provide a systematic process for eduators to use to assess children's peer-related social behaviors and to develop individualized, functional social skills intervention programs. First, an overview of social competence and peer-related social behaviors is presented, including a discussion of the importance of social skill development among students with ASD. Next, a functional approach to assessment is described. Finally, evidence-based strategies for developing peer-related social interactions are outlined. The information presented in this booklet is geared for use primarily by teachers and families and is aimed at enhancing the quality and quantity of social interactions of individuals with ASD with their peers across a variety of settings and activities.

Sussman, Fern
More Than Words presents a step-by-step guide for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder in an extensive, practical, and user-friendly format. Strategies are drawn from current research to help children develop more advanced communication skills, focusing on helping the child reach the following four goals: 1) improved two-way interaction, 2) more mature and conventional ways of communication, 3) better skills in communicating for social purposes and finally, 4) improved understanding of language. Wonderfully illustrated and with chapters divided into four color-coded stages of communication, this book was developed for The Hanen Program For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Winner, Michelle Garcia
Students with social cognitive learning deficits face enormous challenges not only in their day-to-day relations with the world around them, but also in the fact that few professionals, educational or medical, understand the core of these student's deficits. One fundamental deficit relates to perspective taking - the ability of one person to consider the point of view and motives of another. Although this sounds like a simple process, it is in fact a hugely complex task that is crucial to successful interpersonal relations, and is a skill that anyone with a social cognition disability will struggle with. This book addresses the different ways this problem can present itself, the current thinking on how to approach the problem and a dearth of exercises and activities that can immediately be applied to the student. Illustrated with clear diagrams and tables, and with photocopiable handouts, this accessible text will be invaluable for anyone assessing, living with or teaching children and adults with this most abstract of all learning disabilities.

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