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 Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism; 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. Ten reproducible forms and worksheets can also be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size (www.guilford.com/p/white2). This book will be invaluable to clinical and school psychologists; counselors; social workers; child and adolescent psychiatrists; elementary and secondary special educators and classroom teachers. It may also serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
"Backed by cutting-edge research and considerable clinical experience, White takes the theoretical and makes it practical. The book offers rationales behind tailor-made training methods for individuals and groups and provides a variety of templates and handouts for use with students and their parents. Whether you want to understand the greatest challenges facing students with autism and related conditions, or you want practical strategies you can start using today, this book should hold a prominent place on your desk." - Katherine A. Briccetti, school psychologist, Piedmont Unified School District, California, USA "The book is filled with examples and vignettes illustrating the principles and practices of social skills intervention. This book is a valuable resource for therapists, school-based clinicians, and teachers. It contains a wealth of specific intervention strategies, exercises, and worksheets to aid in the assessment and instruction of social skills. It also will be useful as a text in courses preparing clinicians and educators to work with children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)." - Donald Oswald, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Susan Williams White, PhD, Department of Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Introduction. Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Social Skills. Types of Interventions and Adaptations for ASD. Social Skills Training Groups. Strategies for Use in the Classroom. Strategies for the Clinic. Promoting Social Skills Training at Home. Improving Social Competence Beyond Childhood. Appendix.