Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism

Skill Cards
Skill Cards (Set of 480 Cards)
ISBN: 9780878227044
Item Number: 6639


Convenient 3×5″ cue cards designed for student use during group sessions and homework assignments.

The cards list the behavioral steps for each of the 80 skills contained in the Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High Functioning Autism skills. Six cards are provided for each individual skill, for a total of 480 skill cards.

NOTE: It is essential for successful implementation of this curriculum to first have the program book (Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills) before attempting to utilize other Skillstreaming products.

Shown below is an episode of Prosocially Yours, a podcast produced by Research Press. In this episode, host Elizabeth Hess interviews educator and author, Dr. Ellen McGinnis, about the widely acclaimed Skillstreaming program.

Group I: Relationship Skills

Beginning Relationship Skills

  1. Listening Without Interrupting
  2. Greeting Others
  3. Responding to a Greeting
  4. Asking a Question About the Topic
  5. Staying on Topic
  6. Responding to Questions
  7. Taking Turns
  8. Complimenting Others
  9. Helping Others
  10. Encouraging Others
  11. Cooperating with Others
  12. Sharing
  13. Asking a Favor

Advanced Relationship Skills

  1. Starting a Conversation
  2. Continuing a Conversation
  3. When to Introduce a New Topic
  4. Accepting a Topic Change
  5. Ending a Conversation
  6. Responding to Offers to Join In
  7. Asking to Join In
  8. Communicating Preferences
  9. Accepting Another’s Opinion

Group II: Social Comprehension

  1. Reading Others
  2. Reading the Environment
  3. Using a Friendly Voice
  4. Using a Respectful Voice
  5. Giving Information Nonverbally
  6. Attending to a Model
  7. Respecting Another’s Boundaries
  8. Showing Interest in Others
  9. Understanding Differences
  10. Taking Another’s Perspective

Group III: Self-Regulation

  1. Regulating Your Attention
  2. Recognizing Anxiety
  3. Deciding What Causes Your Anxiety
  4. Dealing with Anxiety
  5. Checking Your Voice and Interests
  6. No Means No
  7. Using Self-Control
  8. Dealing with Change
  9. Dealing with Boredom
  10. Responding to Authority
  11. Checking Your Behavior
  12. Affirming Yourself

Group IV: Problem Solving

  1. Determining Private Information
  2. Understanding Rules of Swearing
  3. Understanding Rules of Touch
  4. Planning for Stressful Situations
  5. Defining a Problem
  6. Considering Alternatives
  7. Choosing an Alternative
  8. When to Change Strategies
  9. When a Rule Doesn’t Work
  10. Giving Feedback
  11. Seeking Attention
  12. Accepting Attention
  13. Making a Complaint
  14. When You Don’t Understand

Group V: Understanding Emotions

  1. Knowing Your Feelings
  2. Feeling Different
  3. Expressing Your Feelings
  4. Calming Your Feelings
  5. Showing Affection
  6. Recognizing Another’s Feelings
  7. Showing Concern for Another
  8. Understanding Another’s Intentions
  9. Dealing with Another’s Anger

Group VI: School-Related Skills

  1. Asking for Help
  2. Ignoring Distractions
  3. Contributing to Discussions
  4. Taking a Break
  5. Setting a Goal
  6. Completing Assignments
  7. Following Adult Directions
  8. Asking for Information
  9. Organizing Materials
  10. Making Corrections
  11. Preparing for Class
  12. Dealing with Transitions
  13. Interrupting

“McGinnis and Simpson led the way for social skill intervention for individuals on the autism spectrum with the innovative program book The Skillstreaming: Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: A Guide to Teaching Prosocial Skills.

Research Press has just released the Student Workbook and the Student Workbook Group Leaders’ Guide that accompanies the program. This is exciting for the field of autism—practitioners who work daily with children and youth and students who struggle with excesses or deficits in social skills. The detail of lesson plans, scenarios and activities which these two supplemental books were designed will enhance the program effectiveness and certainly support practitioners’ abilities to implement lessons with high fidelity! This translates to improving the skills of their students/clients to achieve social success and all the benefits of full inclusion in their social world and the community in which they live.

As I reviewed these books the first thought I had was how helpful they would have been during my teaching years. As a teaching professor I know how important they will be for every teacher and related service provider whom I teach and mentor. Thank you to Dr. McGinnis for continuing the vision that you and Dr. Simpson shared. Also, a special appreciation to our colleagues Jason Travers and Stephen Crutchfield for stepping up to continue this critical work!”

-Deborah E. Griswold, PhD, assistant professor for practice in the Department of  Special Education at the University of Kansas

“Social skills are essential to navigating the complexities of everyday routines, accessing important reinforcers, and developing meaningful and lasting relationships. Unfortunately, some of us have difficulties acquiring extensive and flexible social skills repertoires, especially given recent events that have impacted the way we interact with each other daily. In this important resource, McGinnis and colleagues provide guidance on teaching social skills in ways that are relevant, person-centered, and dignifying to autistic learners. This powerful tool, though directed to those serving autistic students, is broadly applicable and should be on the shelf of every classroom teacher.”

-Robert Pennington, Lake & Edward J. Snyder, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Special Education, Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina Charlotte

“The Skillstreaming Group Leader’s Guide and Student Workbook are the perfect companions to the Skillstreaming learning procedures. These materials bridge the science-based information from Skillstreaming instruction so that students, teachers, and families can access and apply this quality social skill instruction in meaningful and effective ways. The authors combine sound research-based strategies with their direct knowledge of teaching students with high-functioning autism. The result is a set of tools that are relevant, engaging, and promote generalization and maintenance of skills over time. Well done!”

-Leah Wood, PhD / BCBA-D, Associate Professor / Cal Poly School of Education, Co-Coordinator / Special Education Masters and Credential Program, Co-PI of TIER / Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Residency, President / Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities


“I have been a fan of the Skillstreaming series for years. When I was first starting out as a special education teacher, I found the series to be the best version of social skills programming for helping children understand the complex world of social development. After 20 years of using Skillstreaming with my students with autism and behavior disorders, I believed that I was an expert in my approach to using the curriculum. It became clear after reviewing the workbook and group leader’s guide that I was just scratching the surface. McGinnis, Travers, and Crutchfield created an incredibly powerful tool with this material. They showed me ways that I had never thought of using the curriculum and this has improved my ability to provide a richer and deeper understanding of social development for my students. This is an easy-to-use guide and a leap forward in enhancing the Skillstreaming curriculum. For anyone looking for a powerful social skills program for children with high functioning autism, they should look no further!”

-Matt McNiff, Ph.D., Behavior Consultant and Director of Special Education for Educational Service Unit #5


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