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

Social Challenges and Foundations for Successful Outcomes

Social Challenges and Foundations for Successful Outcomes

Not surprisingly, across the entire continuum, children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience significant social skill and social interaction problems! In fact, social difficulties, including social excesses, deficits, and failure to understand social situations and expectations, are defining ASD characteristics. These individuals have difficulty interacting with others and forming and maintaining age-appropriate adult and peer relationships; displaying appropriate school-linked social skills, such as following rules and abiding by classroom routines and accepted conduct; and following age-expected personal responsibility and self-management behaviors (e.g., following a classroom schedule, not touching other students when lining up for lunch and recess). These challenges are significant, and they almost never improve on their own. ...

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