This practical, research—based guide provides a wealth of tools and strategies for implementing social skills training in school or clinical settings.
Numerous case examples illustrate common social difficulties experienced by children with Asperger syndrome and high—functioning autism; the impact on peer relationships, school performance, and behavior; and how social skills training can help. Chapters delve into the nuts and bolts of teaching and reinforcing core skills in classroom, small—group, or individual contexts, emphasizing ways to tailor interventions to each individual’s needs. Reproducible forms and worksheets can also be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8½×11″ size.
“Backed by cutting—edge research and considerable clinical experience, White takes the theoretical and makes it practical. The book offers rationales behind tailor—made training methods for individuals and groups and provides a variety of templates and handouts for use with students and their parents. Whether you want to understand the greatest challenges facing students with autism and related conditions, or you want practical strategies you can start using today, this book should hold a prominent place on your desk.”
—Katherine A. Briccetti, PhD, school psychologist, Piedmont (California) Unified School District
“The book is filled with examples and vignettes illustrating the principles and practices of social skills intervention. This book is a valuable resource for therapists, school—based clinicians, and teachers. It contains a wealth of specific intervention strategies, exercises, and worksheets to aid in the assessment and instruction of social skills. It also will be useful as a text in courses preparing clinicians and educators to work with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).”
—Donald Oswald, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University
“An easy, enjoyable read. I was particularly impressed by White’s ability to blend empirical data with personal experience. The case studies and examples really brought the book to life and assured me that the information was coming from someone who had been ‘in the trenches.'”
—Lauren M. Hutto, PhD, Regional Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center, Florida State University
“What sets this book apart from other social skills manuals is its flexibility; it provides a guiding framework that can be easily adapted to any client or student’s needs. White has integrated useful information on a variety of treatment approaches into a cutting—edge synthesis of the best available research and clinical practices. She addresses everything from how to understand and measure target behaviors to how to structure sessions for success, the type of content to cover, and specific strategies to employ.”
—Carla A. Mazefsky, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine