The book is available from the publisher Future Horizons, Inc.
at www.FHautism.com. Susan and JoEllen currently facilitate
social skills groups at Brownell and Parcells Middle
School in Grosse Pointe. 333 pages. $24.95.
Ready-to-use lessons with games, role-play, activities, and more! The book also includes a CD containing Adobe PDF files of printable worksheets, letters, forms, and more.
2. Understanding and Managing Emotion
Goal: To develop and improve emotional identification and management skills
3. Communication Skills
Goal: To learn, practice, and improve reciprocal communication skills
4. Making Friends and Interacting with Peers
Goal: To improve peer interaction skills
5. Personal Safety
Goal: To increase student awareness of personal safety, and practice skills needed for safety at home and in the community
6. Vocational Readiness
Goal: To develop and improve employability skills
Q: Why do some children benefit from formal social skills instruction?
A: Most people learn how to navigate their social world by modeling others, making mistakes and being corrected. Parents are usually the first and most important social skills teachers. While some children may not have effective social skills models, others lack the ability to interpret, learn and generalize social skills without formal instruction. Children with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, cognitive deficits, mood or attachment disorders, or even AD/HD may have social skills weaknesses.
Susan Fell is a school social worker specializing in working with students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and in parenting education. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and her School Social Work Certification from Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan. Susan is married and lives with her husband, and occasionally with her two college-age children, who are both currently studying to become educators.