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Building Social Relationships 2
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Building Social Relationships 2

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Publication Date:
March 1, 2016
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292 pages

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Too often social skill interventions are designed merely as a reaction to problem behaviors.

This often results in parents and practitioners "chasing" problem behaviors while failing to systematically teach social skills. Social skills programming should be an essential aspect of every educational and therapeutic program for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Unfortunately, few youth on the spectrum are receiving effective social skills programming. Many parents are tremendously concerned about their child's social functioning and their future quality of life. They see their children struggling to build and maintain social relationships. They see them experiencing peer failure, rejection, and relentless bullying on a regular basis. Most importantly, they see their children dealing with intense social anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Not coincidentally, practitioners are often frustrated by the tepid results of their social skills program.

The Building Social Relationships (BSR) program was created to address the need for effective social skills programming. The BSR program is a systematic social skills program that addresses both social cognitive processing and social skill performance. Building Social Relationships-2 (BSR-2) provides readers with a conceptualized framework that will improve their understanding of social functioning in youth on the autism spectrum. The book will teach readers how to assess and teach social skills and activate social cognitive processing in both children and adolescents.

BSR-2 contains over 40 instructional strategies and includes a revised version of the Autism Social Skills Profile (ASSP-2), an instrument designed to measure social competence in youth on the spectrum.Now, more than ever, our field and, more importantly, our children are in desperate need of effective social skills programing. BSR-2 was written based on the belief that we have long undervalued social skill instruction in our schools and clinics and that we have significantly underestimated the social potential of individuals on the spectrum. We don't just need more social skills programming, we need better social skills programming.

BSR-2 will guide readers on the path to better programming and improved social outcomes. It will allow parents and practitioners to practice with purpose and to systematically address the social skill and social cognitive needs of youth on the autism spectrum.

Editorial Reviews

Review

This sensitive, clear, and easy-to-read book provides a vast menu of choices to help people with autism spectrum challenges achieve social fluidity and success. Scott Bellini is a great example of learning from the best. His own positive attitude and great social skills are reflected in his approach to this vital information. --Susan J. Moreno

Bellini offers parents and teachers a systematic approach to teaching social interaction skills to children and adolescents on the autism spectrum in a world where too few of these young people are offered such help. As he points out, all too often our loved ones experience peer failure, rejection and bullying, as well as intense social anxiety and social isolation. This book fine-tunes the practical, systematic approach to improving their social skills that Bellini advocated in the first edition, published almost a decade ago. --Autism Eye

From the Author

I am very excited to announce the release of my new book, Building Social Relationships-2 (BSR-2).  BSR-2 expands the work of the original, and widely distributed BSR book that was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America. If you enjoyed the original BSR book, you are going to love BSR-2!  It is infused with the lessons I have learned these past two decades as a researcher and clinician.
 
BSR-2 provides readers with a conceptual framework to improve their understanding of social functioning in youth on the autism spectrum. One very important change is apparent in the second edition: BSR-2 emphasizes the importance of targeting both social skills and social-cognitive processing. This is reflected in the revisions to the "Thinking" component of the"Thinking, Feeling, Doing" conceptualization introduced in the original book. BSR-2 highlights the roles of social problem solving, observational learning, and attention in addition to the roles of knowledge, perspective taking, and self-awareness covered in the original book. To reflect this in practice, BSR-2 divides the intervention strategy chapters into strategies to teach social skills and strategies to teach and activate social-cognitive processing. The book will teach readers how to assess and teach social skills and activate social cognitive processing in both children and adolescents. 
 
There are numerous modifications and improvements throughout the book, including many new and/or improved intervention strategies and updates in the area of social skills assessment and progress monitoring. BSR-2 contains over 40 detailed instructional strategies, new sample session structure plans, and includes a revised version of the Autism Social Skills Profile (ASSP-2), an instrument designed to measure social competence in youth on the spectrum. As an added bonus, in addition to having unlimited use of the instrument, readers of BSR-2 will also have access to normative data for the ASSP-2 which will allow them to convert raw scores to standard scores for progress monitoring purposes. 
 
BSR-2 will guide readers on the path to better programming and improved social outcomes. It will allow parents and practitioners to practice with purpose and to systematically address the social skill and social cognitive needs of youth on the autism spectrum.

About the Author

I am currently the Director of the Social Skills Research Clinic (SSRC), a university based center specializing in developing and empirically examining the outcomes of social skill interventions for youth with ASD. I am also a faculty member in the School Psychology program at Indiana University, Bloomington, a licensed psychologist in the state of Indiana, and an endorsed Health Services Provider in Psychology. I am currently conducting research on professional development outcomes for educators, anxiety disorders, and social skill interventions, including video modeling for youth on the autism spectrum. I have published numerous research manuscripts and have provided consultation and training to families and professionals in over 35 states on the topic of social skills programming for students with ASD. I am the author of the book, Building Social Relationships, which was named the Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.

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