Teaching Social Skills to Youth

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March, 2017
Jeff Tierney, Erin Green, Tom Dowd
2016
Teaching Social Skills to Youth

Teaching Social Skills to Youth: An Easy-to-Follow Guide to Teaching 183 Basic to Complex Life Skills includes many lessons directed at helping individuals with social skill deficits employ necessary skills at home, school and the greater community. The book includes general teaching tips and tricks along with specific lessons. When using these lessons with your students, you may have to individualize them and add additional supports. For example, if you are teaching a student how to accept “no” for an answer, you may need to pair the lesson with a video model. Lessons are also located on a CD for quick access. Overall, a great resource on hand to develop social skills for students!

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Author: Erin Green, Tom Dowd
Publisher: Boys Town Press (2016)
Binding: Paperback, 310 pages

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The Adventures of Stretch More

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February, 2017
Trina Epstein, Psy. D. & Ross W. Greene, Ph.D.
2014
The Adventures of Stretch More

The Adventures of Stretch More: Pick-Your-Path-Stories for Solving Problems Together is a self-directed book dedicated to collaborative problem solving for students with teachers or parents. This book would be very beneficial for a child who has difficulty with problem solving, adapting to change and/or is easily frustrated. Through this book, students choose one of three stories and, as the story progresses, choose what happens next to Stretch. This allows the student to interactively problem solve with parents and teachers! Authors focus on this method to help students develop lacking and lagging skills.

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Author: Trina Epstein, Ross Greene
Publisher: Special-Needs Collection (2014)
Binding: Paperback, 136 pages

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A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism

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January, 2017
Ann Palmer
2014
A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism

A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism: How can I Help? has been created to help friends and extend family members provide meaningful support to families who have a child diagnosed with autism. For many families, having their child receive the diagnosis of ASD can be emotional and pose challenges for loved ones and friends to provide support they need. The book contains a description of autism spectrum disorder, the diagnosis process and the resulting impact on families. Real life stories are shared to provide examples of how families change when this diagnosis occurs. Lists of strategies, supports and references are provided for additional information.

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Author: Ann Palmer
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 224 pages

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Transition or Transformation: Helping young people with ASD

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December, 2016
2010
Transition or Transformation: Helping young people with ASD

Transition or Transformation: Helping young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder set out on a hopeful road towards their adult lives discusses transition programing developed for individuals with ASD at a special needs school. Within the book, authors used strategies and interventions with their own students to help them successfully transition into adult life. Background information, procedures, and personal accounts from individuals involved in the research are included. Overall, researchers found the transition process increased student’s confidence, enabled them to reach their greatest potential and, for many, gave them the skills needed to obtain employment after graduating.

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Author: Stephanie Lord, Julia Hardy, John Clements
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2010)
Binding: Paperback, 176 pages

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Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities

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November, 2016
Laurence R. Sargent, Darlene Perner, Toni Cook
Social Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities

These social skills lesson books are intended to help teachers in elementary and secondary classrooms teach social skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Compared to previous versions, this book has a distinctive focus on including those with ASD and other developmental disabilities in general classroom settings. Each volume comes with 50 printable sheets, which include assessments, checklists, homework forms, photographs and comic strips. These are intended to be used with lessons provided in the book or you can alternatively create your own lesson. Overall, this book is intended increase an individual’s social competency and their overall social inclusion within the school system.

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Author: Toni Cook, Darlene Perner, Laurence R. Sargent
Publisher: Council Exceptional Children (2011)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 324 pages

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A Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

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October, 2016
Debra Costley, Elaine Keane, Trevor Clark and Kathie Lane
2012
A Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with and Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

For secondary and middle school teachers, including and creating meaningful experiences for students with autism can become increasingly challenging. This book breaks down core concept areas, allowing for meaningful changes to be made to daily routines, IEPs and transition planning. Concept areas include: understanding ASD (causes, behaviours and theories), implications of ASD in high school, combating common obstacles experienced by high school students with ASD, and transition planning. Specific activities, worksheets and timetables are included so the reader can implement strategies with students. This book is highly recommended for any high school teacher working with individuals with special needs.

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Author: Kathleen Lane, Debra Costley, Trevor Clark, Elaine Keane
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 160 pages

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Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level

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August, 2016
Laura A. Riffel
2011
Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level

Positive Behavior Support at the Tertiary Level is a book intended for teachers supporting students with severe challenging behaviour, which require red zone strategies.

The author goes through the basic principles of behaviour including the functions of behaviour, reinforcing appropriate behaviour, finding alternative replacement behaviours and how to develop an intervention plan specific to the function of the behaviour. The author includes very useful strategies on the basic principles of applied behaviour analysis and positive behaviour support, as well as some data taking strategies. Most techniques are contextually appropriate for teachers to implement in a classroom.

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It’s Time for School

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June, 2016
Ronald Leaf, Mitchell Taubman & John McEachin
2008
It’s Time for School

It’s Time for School: Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an excellent resource for teachers who support individuals with autism in their classroom.

The authors are strong proponents for individualized education and maximizing the effectiveness of classrooms to make them functionally equipped to support all learners. Teacher effectiveness is addressed and how to match the strengths of a teacher to the needs of a student as well as determining the best placement for a particular student. A specific model for establishing ABA classrooms at a pre-school level, elementary level and a secondary level is proposed. The model includes all necessary components that make up a comprehensive ABA classroom, which encompasses training, ongoing consultation, structure and organization, behavioural programming, group and individualized instruction, inclusion and how to integrate typical peers.

This is a comprehensive resource that can be approached differently depending on the needs of the teacher. Whether you want to build a special education classroom into a school or simply revise an already existing classroom will shape how this tool is tackled and how the strategies are utilized.

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Author: Mitchell Taubman, John McEachin, Ron Leaf
Publisher: DRL Books (2008)
Binding: Perfect Paperback, 274 pages

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Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child

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May, 2016
V. Mark Durand
2011
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child

Optimistic Parenting is written from the perspective of a clinician, but chronicles a lifetime of experience both as a father, behaviour analyst and psychologist. Durand is a leading authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders and is especially interested in challenging behaviour ranging from self-injury to aggression and tantrums.

This book is a very systematic approach for understanding a child’s behaviour, but also understanding the role parents play in that behaviour and the dance between them. Within the book, the claim is made that how a parent or caregiver approaches a challenging situation with their child can have significant implications for how that interaction is played out and a parents overall feeling of hopefulness and optimism is directly related to achieving best outcomes for their children.

Durand provides questionnaires for determining ones level of optimism and offers useful strategies for improving it. He is a strong advocate for parent health and understands the stress parents face and also the implications for parenting under duress and how to improve the parent-child dynamics.

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Author: V. Mark Durand Ph.D.
Publisher: Brookes Publishing (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages

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Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child

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May, 2016
V. Mark Durand
2011
Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child

Optimistic Parenting is written from the perspective of a clinician, but chronicles a lifetime of experience both as a father, behaviour analyst and psychologist. Durand is a leading authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders and is especially interested in challenging behaviour ranging from self-injury to aggression and tantrums.

This book is a very systematic approach for understanding a child’s behaviour, but also understanding the role parents play in that behaviour and the dance between them. Within the book, the claim is made that how a parent or caregiver approaches a challenging situation with their child can have significant implications for how that interaction is played out and a parents overall feeling of hopefulness and optimism is directly related to achieving best outcomes for their children.

Durand provides questionnaires for determining ones level of optimism and offers useful strategies for improving it. He is a strong advocate for parent health and understands the stress parents face and also the implications for parenting under duress and how to improve the parent-child dynamics.

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Author: V. Mark Durand Ph.D.
Publisher: Brookes Publishing (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages

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