Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual

social skills for teensSocial Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: The PEERS Treatment Manual by Elizabeth Laugeson.

(XSS Lauge)

This is a manual for researchers and clinicians working with teenagers on the Autism Spectrum.  It includes strategies for social interactions with peers with specific topics being covered on gossiping, humor, choosing friends, disagreements, among others.  Homework handouts accompany each topic.  Research for this manual came from a 14-week program at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Pp. 448.

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Social Skills Solutions: A hands-on Manual for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism

social skills solutionsSocial Skills Solutions: A hands-on Manual for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism by Kelly McKinnon.

(XSS McKin 2002)

This manual provides training modules and checklists to aid parents in teaching their children social skills.  Social Skills Solutions goes more in depth than many other manuals and uses a variety of visual and hands on teaching methods. Pp. 211.

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Play & Imagination in Children with Autism

play&imaginePlay & Imagination in Children with Autism by Pamela Wolfberg.

(XSS Wolfb 2009)

Play & Imagination in Children with Autism examines the issues that arise with play in children with Autism in comparison to children not on the Spectrum.  The book includes intervention practices and examples of children who have over come obstacles associated with social interaction and play with peers. Pp. 193.

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Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Practitioner’s Guide to Parent Training and A Manual for Parents

teaching communicationTeaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Practitioner’s Guide to Parent Training and A Manual for Parents by Brooke Ingersoll, PhD and Anna Dvortcsak, MS.

(XSS Inger 2010)

This training manual provides parents with easy to use strategies based on the latest scientific findings.  It provides parents new approaches to communicating with and teaching their children.

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A Practical Guide to Day- to-Day Life, Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome

social skills for teens and adultsA Practical Guide to Day- to-Day Life, Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome by Nancy J. Patrick.

(XSS Patri 2008)

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 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. Pp. 208.

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Thinking About You, Thinking About Me

thinking abouty you thinking about meThinking About You, Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner.

(XSS Winne 2007think)

One fundamental deficit a person with autism faces relates to perspective taking – the ability of one person to consider the point of view and motives of another. This book addresses the different ways this problem can present itself, the current thinking on how to approach the problem and a wealth of exercises and activities that can immediately be applied to the student. Illustrated with clear diagrams and tables, and with photocopiable handouts. Pp. 270.

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Social Behavior Mapping

social behavior mappingSocial Behavior Mapping by Michelle Garcia Winner.

(XSS Winne 2007map)

The author 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.  The author  has 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. Pp 108.

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The Social Success Workbook for Teens

social sucess workbook for teensThe Social Success Workbook for Teens by Barbara Copper and Nancy Widdows.

(XSS Coope 2008)

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. Pp. 132.

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Inside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick?

inside out what makes the person withInside Out: What Makes a Person with Social Cognitive Deficits Tick? by Michelle Garcia Winner.

(XSS Winne 2000)

The book introduces Michelle’s ILAUGH model, which helps folks to see the connection between social and academic skills. This model provides a way to pinpoint specific areas of challenges that a student may face and how these impact school, work and social interaction. For ages K-adulthood grade and beyond, this also provides insight on what information we expect students to develop “naturally” to become strong learners. Pp 202.

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Children’s Friendship Training

children's friendship trainingChildren’s Friendship Training by Fred Frankel and Robert Myatt.

(XSS Frank 2003)

This book is a manualized guide for therapists treating children with peer problems. Representing over twelve years of research, Children’s Friendship Training presents the comprehensive social skills training program developed by these pioneering authors. Proven step-by-step interventions will help children develop the skills to initiate mutually satisfying social interactions with their peers. These interactions can lead to the development of consistent and satisfying dyadic relationships that will, in turn, serve to enhance overall well being of the child. Pp 224.

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Super Skills

super skillsSuper Skills by Judith Coucouvanis.

(XSS Coueo 2005)

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. Pp. 368.

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Feelings and Emotions Activity Book

feelings&emotionsFeelings and Emotions Activity Book by Do2Learn Publications.

(XSS Do2le 2008)

Studies indicate that there are eight universally understood facial expressions: happy, sad, afraid, angry, disgusted, surprised, ashamed, and interested. These activities are designed to improve the recognition of emotions and facial expressions. Each emotion is broken down into easy-to-understand facial clues. Kids of all ages will have fun with these coloring pages, matching games, and other activities, while improving their facial recognition skills. Pp. 144.

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Socially Curious and Curiously Social

socially curious and curiously socialSocially Curious and Curiously Social by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke.

(XSS Winne 2009)

Written for teens and young adults to read themselves about how the social mind is expected to work in order to effectively relate to others at school, at work,   in the community and even at home. This book is a get real discussion about what really goes on inside the mind of people as we share space together. There are many practical strategies to help the reader figure out what type of impression they are making on others and what things they could work on to be more successful. Pp. 195

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A Politically Incorrect Look at Evidence-based Practices and Teaching Social Skills: A Literature review and discussion

politically incorrect lookA Politically Incorrect Look at Evidence-based Practices and Teaching Social Skills: A Literature review and discussion by Michelle Garcia Winner.

(XSS Winne 2008)

The author argues effectively for an important and more thoughtful alternative to behaviorally-based social skill `training’ approaches, which are so limited in honoring the complexity of individuals with ASD. Pp. 128.

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Fitting In and Having Fun 3: Confident and In Control

fitting in and having fun vol 3Fitting In and Having Fun 3: Confident and In Control

(XSS Fitti 2005 vol.3)  

An important component to making and keeping friends is having the ability to control strong emotions and impulses. This DVD empowers children by showing them what they can do differently, in emotionally charged situations, to stay in control. It shows them how to stay calm to work out disagreements and create compromises. Geared toward mainstreamed elementary school-aged children, it breaks down complex social interactions by showing the consequences, both positive and negative, attached to how the child interacts with others and how they choose to respond in social situations. 30 minutes.

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Spotlight Social Skills Elementary + CD

spotlight on social skillsSpotlight Social Skills Elementary + CD

(XSS LoGui 2009)

Help your students with autism spectrum disorders or language/learning disabilities improve their social skills by learning to use and interpret nonverbal language. The activities in this book include direct instruction, observation, role-playing, modeling, discussion, and other guided practice in contexts of everyday interaction. The lessons can be presented to individual students or small groups of students. A pretest/posttest and a progress checklist are included.

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