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

Sample Social Skill Development Program

Sample Social Skill Development Program

In this chapter, we describe a social skill development and social interaction support program for a youth with high-functioning autism. The description aligns with the three categories of social skills discussed in Chapter 3 and illustrated in Figure 3.1: (a) fundamental social interaction, social relationship, and collaboration skills; (b) self-advocacy, self-management, and personal accountability skills; and (c) school-related social skills. Intervention and support methods are described for each of the three groupings. The program descriptions follow the protocol outlined and discussed in Chapter 3 and shown later in Figure 4.1: Steps for teaching social skills and improving social interaction competency.

Case Example: Jackson

Jackson is a 12-year-old male who has an educational diagnosis of autism. An evaluation ...

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