This is a comprehensive how-to manual for teaching and developing social and communication skills in students with Asperger Syndrome and related pervasive developmental disorders. Introductory chapters present skills to target, instructional techniques and behavior management strategies. The essence of the book is the presentation of 70 social skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Each skill is presented with activity sheets listing how to demonstrate, practice and reinforce the skill, both in the classroom and at home, and also contains a reproducible handout.
Some of the skills illustrated include: Sharing, Taking Turns; Tone of Voice; Asking to Play; and Showing Understanding. A concluding chapter addresses promoting peer acceptance through sensitivity training programs for students of various age groups and school staff. This is a complete and practical resource on social skills training for students of all ages.