This book provides practical, hands-on strategies to teach social skills to children with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It includes a detailed description of the social deficits of these children as they appear in the classroom - difficulties with such things as understanding idioms, taking turns in conversation, understanding and using tone of voice and body language - and ways to address them. Instruction is included in the book to enhance the development of appropriate, measurable, and meaningful individualized education plans (IEPs) to incorporate social goals. Lesson plans are included to facilitate the ability to 'teach' these social goals. Parents will find this text an excellent training tool to help develop social education curriculums for their children, and teachers will find it particularly helpful as an easy-to-read manual containing many 'nuts and bolts' strategies to utilize in the classroom.
'I think you are in for quite a treat in reading this book and keeping it on hand as a reference. It is well-organized. The reader can locate a topic and study it briefly or deeply, according to available time and need. Most importantly for both parents and teachers, this book won't waste your time. Parents and professionals share a need for practical, rather than theoretical, advice. This book provides just that. I was so taken with the good, creative information in this book that I have already asked Rebecca to present at my next conference. May Rebecca's book ease your educational burdens, as she has done for the fortunate families she has known since her child was diagnosed.' -from the Foreword by Susan J Moreno, President and Founder of MAAP Services, Editor of The MAAP, and parent
Foreword, by Susan J. Moreno. 1. Is it autism or Asperger - diagnostic criteria. 2. Deficits in social communication. 3. Deficits in social behavior. 4. Sensory differences of children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. 5. Social skills assessment tools - samples and descriptions. 6. Interventions to promote acquisition. 7. IEP development. References. Index.