Whether it's learning how long one can look at somebody; how to shift topics, despite one's desire to stick with that all-consuming special interest; how to say no to peer pressure; or dealing with sensitive topic – it's all here. In this comprehensive and user-friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties.
Brief introductory chapters cover: skills to target, instructional strategies, behaviour management, promoting generalization, and relevant characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. The book then focuses on 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. A concluding chapter on promoting peer acceptance offers sensitivity training programs for both students of various age groups and school staff, making this a complete social skills training package for students of all ages.