Author(s): John Merges
Young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often feel uncomfortable and anxious in social situations, but socializing with classmates and colleagues can be made easier - and enjoyable - with 'Guiding Toward Growth' group sessions. John Merges' simple yet effective program for teaching social enjoyment skills is based on the concept that there are ten 'hurdles' making it challenging for people with ASD to enjoy social interaction. This book guides the reader through planning, running and assessing group sessions that have been designed to help participants overcome these hurdles, interact with confidence, and ultimately enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives. This adaptable book can be used with a wide range of ages and communicative abilities, and will be an invaluable resource for all professionals working with groups of children and young people with ASD.
John Merges is a licensed clinical social worker, currently working in private practice with young people with ASD and their families. He is based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.