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 high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Asperger syndrome; 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 be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2"" x 11"" size.
Susan Williams White, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she codirects the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic. She is also a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of people affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Dr. White is currently conducting a treatment study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, on high-functioning adolescents with ASD who also struggle with anxiety. She has written extensively on assessment and treatment considerations for people with ASD and has a special interest in interventions for social deficits and co-occurring psychiatric problems, such as anxiety in individuals with ASD.
1. Introduction 2. Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Social Skills 3. Types of Interventions and Adaptations for ASD 4. Social Skills Training Groups 5. Strategies for Use in the Classroom 6. Strategies for the Clinic 7. Promoting Social Skills Training at Home 8. Improving Social Competence beyond Childhood