Written by a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist, Destination Friendship provides easy-to-use research-based strategies and activities that support the development of friendship skills in children with ASD within an active and fun learning environment. From the initial session, participants learn that what they say and do has a direct impact on others.
Adult tour guides (TG's) act as a personal GPS system by offering subtle coaching and social scripting throughout theme-based sessions that include social activities and situations in which children have immediate opportunities to practice their friendship skills. The Friendship Skills Checklist, a valuable tool included in this book, enables the user to identify the strengths and needs of individuals with ASD, resulting in a comprehensive assessment and interest inventory that can be used to guide social instruction and support.
Mary Benton, MEd, BCBA, is a retired special education consultant for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mary has a private practice as a board-certified behavior analyst serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders and/or developmental disabilities. Additionally, she is co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization that provides fun, community-based opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in children, and adolescents with ASD. Mary has presented at national, state, and local conferences.
Carol Hollis, MEd, BCBA, is an educational consultant for autism with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In this role, Carol provides guided practice, training, and technical assistance to general and special educators in grades K-12. Carol and her therapy dog, Lily, also provide enrichment to students by visiting classrooms.
Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist in the Central Pennsylvania region specializing in the development of selfregulation and social cognition skills. Additionally, Kelly is co-founder of Destination Friendship, an organization that provides fun, community based opportunities targeted at developing friendship skills in children and adolescents with ASD. Kelly is also author of Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders. She has presented at numerous national, state, and local conferences.
Alice Womer, MS, CC-SLP, has served as a speech-language pathologist and educational consultant with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for 29 years, responsible for direct treatment with students with ASD in self-contained classrooms as well as integrated settings. Additionally, she provides consultation and training to educational teams regarding the communication needs of students with ASD. Alice is co-author of the children's book Curvy Herbie and Straight Nate--A Lesson in Curve Line Thinking.
Ages 4-10 years; 11-18 years. 250 pages. 2011