Provide students the social skills instruction they need to succeed in school and in life! Students on the autism spectrum have so much to offer our schools and communities, but they often aren’t provided with sufficient opportunity to develop to their full potential. This practical resource offers down-to-earth methods and strategies backed by evidence for enhancing the social skills of children and adolescents who have Asperger Disorder and other forms of high-functioning autism. Case studies, vignettes, classroom materials, checklists, and templates will help you:  • Deliver interventions that model desirable behaviors and provide opportunities for students to practice  • Support students in navigating social situations, forming relationships with peers and adults, and following rules and routines  • Develop, implement, and evaluate social skills intervention and support programs Educators and specialists will appreciate how this practical and friendly resource approaches each student as a unique learner and offers ways to build multi-faceted social skill intervention and support plans for each one. “Packed with practical, research-based activities, this book is the answer for teachers and parents. Educators will find value in the detailed processes and activities as well as the ready-to-use materials.” —Renee Bernhardt, Supervisor of Special Education Cherokee County School District, Canton, GA “This is an up-to-date, practical, and practitioner-friendly resource for developing, implementing, and evaluating social skill intervention and support programs.” —Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education Towson University

Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Most kids of a given age just seem to get social rules, and to various degrees, they instinctively know how to interact with others. Of course, adults, especially parents, family members, and teachers, do lots of instructing, coaxing, persuading, nagging, scolding, and so forth, and they deserve credit when children acquire desired and age-appropriate social skills. Yet, even without parent and teacher assistance, most kids learn innumerable acceptable social behavior without being directly taught. Either by observing others or otherwise acquiring basic skills instinctively and seemingly effortlessly, and certainly without much work on our part, the majority of kids learn acceptable social skills. In many cases, this is a natural part of the ...

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