Social Skills Solutions is a unique, hands-on manual that provides instruction on building a social skills program from ten different comprehensive modules, all geared toward the specific diagnostic and social deficits of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD).
Based on feedback from parents, professionals, and children alike, the authors effectively illustrate the process involved in implementing a social skills group using the principle of applied behavioral analysis (ABA)-the well-documented and substantiated method for teaching skills to children with ASD. Creative and motivating strategies provide concrete ideas on specific topics, each broken down into simple steps for using behavioral methods, visual aids, video modeling, and naturally occurring situations to facilitate social skills learning. An essential component of the book is the inclusion of a comprehensive social skills checklist--a pre-testing and assessment tool for children from ages 2 to 15 and over--which offers a fresh approach to creating and meeting goals.
This book offers readers the tools for teaching children pivotal skills using meaningful, fun, and practical activities. From eye contact, greetings, and simple conversation to sustaining play on the playground and learning how to read non-verbal signals, the authors provide reliable techniques for promoting social success in every environment. In creative, accessible, and cogent terms they have established the groundwork for addressing social skills and peer interaction within the ABA framework. With reproducible worksheets for easy implementation, this manual is an invaluable resource both parents and professionals will use time and again.
Janis Krempa, M.A., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. She has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families for over 14 years. She received her undergraduate degrees in Education and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and earned her Masters from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She did post-graduate work at UCLA and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Penn State.
Kelly McKinnon, M.Ed., BCBA, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst currently in private practice in Southern California. She has worked with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for more than 13 years. Kelly earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 1992 and has a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Penn State. S
211 pages. 2005