Social Skills

Social Skills Training for Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism




Social Skills Training for Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

Susan Williams White


2014, 182 pages, paperback

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 high-functioning autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Asperger syndrome; 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.

Reproducible forms and worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2’‘ x 11’‘ size.

Highly practical, hands on, and science based.
Broad audience and applicability: describes how to work with both individuals and groups in clinical and educational settings.
Improved social skills can mean the difference between isolation and positive peer, school, and family relationships.
Shows how to teach skills in particular contexts, depending on the individual's needs (e.g., a child might converse well with a therapist, but not with classmates).
Competing titles either focus on group treatment (Baker) or a single model (PEERS, Laugeson and Frankel).


1. Introduction
2. Clinical Evaluation and Assessment of Social Skills
3. Types of Interventions and Adaptations for ASD
4. Social Skills Training Groups
5. Strategies for Use in the Classroom
6. Strategies for the Clinic
7. Promoting Social Skills Training at Home
8. Improving Social Competence beyond Childhood

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