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Social Skills Success for Students With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism



August 2018 | 232 pages | Corwin

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   


 
 
Preface
 
Publisher’s Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Understanding Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
Autism Spectrum Disorders

 
Children and Youth With Asperger Disorder and Other Types of High-Functioning Autism

 
Social Skill and Social Interaction

 
Physical and Motor Skill Challenges

 
Case Example: Stanley

 
Prevalence

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2. Social Challenges and Foundations for Successful Outcomes
Justification for Social Skill Instruction

 
Challenges to Social Skill Instruction

 
Strategies for Teaching Social Skills to Children and Youth With HF/AD

 
A Foundation for Social Skill Instruction

 
Social Skill Instructional Targets

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 3. Social Skill and Support Methods for Learners With Asperger Disorder and High-Functioning Autism
Fundamental Instructional Methods for Children With High-Functioning Autism

 
Social Skill Instructional Steps for Building Social Skill Capacity and Social Interaction Competency

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
Examples: Social Skill Instructional Targets, Skill Development Steps, and Evaluation

 
 
Chapter 4. Sample Social Skill Development Program
Case Example: Jackson

 
Category 1: Fundamental Social Interaction, Social Relationship, and Collaboration Skill Sample Program

 
Category 2: Self-Advocacy, Self-Management, and Personal Accountability Sample Program

 
Category 3: School-Related Social Skills Sample Program

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 5. Generalizing Social Skills: Challenges and Strategies
Planning for Skill Generalization and Transfer

 
Planning for Skill Generalization: Role-Playing and Practice

 
Planning for Skill Generalization: Coaching and Performance Feedback

 
Planning for Skill Generalization: Practice and Skill Rehearsal in Everyday Settings

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 6. Supports for Structuring, Organizing, and Managing Social Learning
Supporting and Supporting and Promoting Acquisition and Performance of New Social Skills and Developing Social Interaction Competence

 
Environmental Modifications and Structuring Procedures

 
Social Skill Instructional Support Methods

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 7. Peer Supports
Creating a Foundation of Social Acceptance and Positive Attitudes

 
Positive Experiences

 
Peer Recruitment

 
Using Peers to Create and Display Appropriate Models of Target Skills

 
Peer Involvement in Role-Play and Practice

 
Peer Involvement in Coaching and Performance Feedback

 
Peer Involvement in Assisting Learners to Practice, Rehearse, and Generalize Social Skills in Natural Settings

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Chapter 8. Parent and Family Involvement and Support
Communication and Collaboration

 
Facilitating Ongoing Communication, Information Exchange, and Collaborative Relationships

 
Building Partnership and Skill Development and Support Relationships With Parents and Families

 
Selecting Levels and Types of Parent/Family Involvement

 
Summary Considerations

 
References

 
 
Index

“This book provides teachers and related service personnel with an up-to-date, practical, and practitioner-friendly resource for developing, implementing, and evaluating social skill intervention and support programs for students with Asperger Disorder and High-Functioning Autism. It is a great tool to increase teacher knowledge and parent awareness.”

Debi Gartland, Professor of Special Education, Towson University
Towson University

“Packed with practical, research-based activities to support students with High Functioning Autism or Asperger Disorder, this book is the answer for teachers and parents. It provides an understanding of Asperger Disorder and High Functioning Autism with steps to improve students’ social and learning outcomes. 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
Cherokee County School District

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Simpson


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ISBN: 9781544320502
£28.99