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.
Rebecca Moyes worked in collaboration with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to establish the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders. This organization provides information and support to families of children with autism and the professionals who work with them in the Pittsburgh area. She served as the organization's principal officer for over five years. Her oldest child was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome eight years ago. Mrs Moyes is a former teacher, and today works as an educational consultant for children with autism spectrum disorders. She produces a quarterly newsletter entitled Building Bridges for teachers and parents of children with this diagnosis.
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.