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

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

May 2018 | 232 pages | Corwin

Give students the social skills they need to succeed in school and in life!

Students on the autistic spectrum have much to offer our school communities, but they often don’t have the opportunity. This practical resource provides evidence-based strategies for enhancing social skills for children and adolescents diagnosed with high-functioning autism. Through case studies, vignettes, classroom materials, checklists, and templates, you will learn how to:

  • Deliver interventions that identify target behaviors, model behaviors, and provide opportunities to practice
  • Support students in navigating social situations, forming relationships with peers and adults, and following rules and routines
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate social skill intervention and support programs
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  
Emotional and Behavior Characteristics  
Language and Communication  
Cognitive Characteristics  
Academic and Learning Characteristics  
Sensory Characteristics  
Physical and Motor Skill Challenges  
Other Considerations  
Accompanying and Comorbid Conditions  
Outlook and Future Projections  
Case Example: Stanley  
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  
Peer Supports  
Summary Considerations  
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  
Stage 1: Specification of Clearly Defined, Measurable and Vital Social Behaviors  
Stage 2: Create and Display Model Social Behaviors  
Stage 3: Role Playing and Practicing Opportunities  
Stage 4: Coaching and Performance Feedback  
Stage 5: Opportunities for Practice and Rehearsal in Natural Settings  
Stage 6: Generalization Opportunities  
Summary Considerations  
Examples: Social Skill Instructional Targets, Skill Steps and Evaluation  
Chapter 4: Sample Social Skill Development Program
Case Example: Jackson  
Identifying Social Skill and Social Interaction Instructional Targets for 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  
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 Rehearsal in Everyday Settings  
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  
Visual Supports  
Reinforcement Methods  
Motivational Incentives and Encouragement  
Self-Monitoring and Self-Management Supports  
Social Skill Instructional Support Methods  
Chapter 7: Peer Supports
Creating a Foundation of Social Acceptance and Positive Attitudes  
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 Practice, Rehearse and Generalize Social Skills in Natural Settings  
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  
Key features
  • Addresses a great need--teaching social skills so that students can be successful in school--in both general and special education classrooms
  • Provides authentic examples
  • Details various evidence-based intervention approaches rather than just one (not a one-size-fits-all approach)
  • Offers both the theoretical background and the practical information needed by special educators

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