The Social Compass Curriculum

The Social Compass Curriculum
A Story-Based Intervention Package for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Middle School
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The Social Compass Curriculum: A Story-Based Intervention Package for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Children with autism learn social skills best in group settings where they can practice everyday interactions with peers. Now there's a highly effective, ready-to-use curriculum educators can use to explicitly teach social skills right in the classroom! Ideal for Grades 4-8 but easily adaptable for use with older children, this social skills intervention curriculum gives educators 24 lessons that help students with autism make progress in areas critical to social success. Each step-by-step lesson gives students a social story that models a key skill; worksheets that reinforce takeaway points; a simple, memorable icon that helps them remember what to do; opportunities to role-play and rehearse the skill; and take-home worksheets to ensure generalization in settings outside of school.

Why Use The Social Compass Curriculum?

  • Helps students make progress in 4 key areas: nonverbal communication; emotion; social problem solving, and "we" skills for effective conversation
  • Field-tested over 10 years with more than 300 students, with significant positive results
  • Teaches and reinforces social skills with clear directions and visual supports
  • Gives students repeated opportunities to role-play and rehearse social skills with their peers
  • Flexible—lets the teacher go back and review areas where students are struggling
  • Lessons take just 20-40 minutes
  • Based on evidence-based practices such as ABA, visual and peer supports, and Social Stories™
  • Ensures generalization of new skills with activity worksheets to use at home

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: In-class and take-home worksheets, flashcards and handouts that reinforce skills, and a full-color quick-reference poster of the social compass icons. Helps students develop key social skills like

  • Interpreting body language
  • Dealing with teasing
  • Building empathy
  • Using self-control
  • Accepting change
  • Paying attention
  • Initiating a conversation
  • Sharing information
  • Negotiating needs
  • Avoiding being left out
  • Expanding personal interests
  • and more


“An instructional curriculum that will enhance the lives of children with autism and those on the spectrum. This is a must-have curriculum for every teacher!”

—Belinda Karge, Director Project AIMS: Autism,
Inclusion, Math and Science, California State University, Fullerton

“Teachers and students can learn and benefit from this eminently doable curriculum.”

—Eliza DelPizzo-Cheng, In STEPPS: Support, Treatment
& Education for Parents, Professionals and Students

“I have witnessed numerous children develop strong social skills with the help of the Social Compass curriculum. Finally, students from all over the world will be able to use what we in Southern California have had for years through this excellent guide.”

—Gillian Hayes, Associate Professor, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine