Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Quest for Social Skills for Students with Autism and Asperger's Review

Most kids with autism or Asperger's struggle with social skills.  My son is no different.  Many skills that people learn naturally--like how to begin or end a conversation--need to be specifically taught to kids with autism.  But as a parent or teacher, it is not always easy to figure out exactly how to teach these skills.  That's where A Quest for Social Skills for Students with Autism or Asperger's by JoEllen Cumpata and Susan Fell comes in.  This book is extremely helpful in teaching children social skills.

Though A Quest for Social Skills for Students with Autism or Asperger's is intended for teachers and therapists, it is also easily adaptable for parents or other family members. Each chapter focuses on different social skills for a variety of settings/situations.  For example, there is a chapter on School Survival Basics where the student is taught about greetings, daily hygiene, organizing work, asking for help, etc.  The chapter includes role plays, games and other ways to teach the skills.

Another chapter is devoted to Making Friends and Interacting with Peers, and other topics include: personal safety, vocational readiness, understanding emotions and communication skills.  Each chapter includes an outline of the activities with a list of materials.  They also provide alternate activities that complement the chapter.

It is very well-organized and clear.  The authors outline exactly what the teacher/parent needs to explain to the child.  The book includes really fun role plays, experiential stories, activity sheets, and games to reinforce the skill being taught.

Each chapter includes a Unit Evaluation which is really handy for determining where the student still needs work.

I think the best part of this book is that it includes a CD of printable worksheets, letters, forms and more!  Every handout in the book is included on the CD, so it is very easy to print out anything needed for a particular lesson.

Here at Family Matters, we have A Quest for Social Skills for Students with Autism and Asperger's in our lending library.  If you live in Illinois, you can borrow the book for up to a month.  Just go to our webpage and check the book out.  We'll send it to you, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for easy return.
Also, if you are interested in purchasing this highly valuable book, go to Future Horizons and order it there.  Be sure to use the access code PH for a 15% discount and free shipping on anything you order!

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