- AAPC Publishing
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- Publication Date:
- November 15, 2011
- Print Length:
- 250 pages
Social skills instruction embedded into social activities -- the way it should be! Destination Friendship Developing Social Skills for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges Written was written by a team of two board-certified behavior analysts, special educators, a speech-language pathologist, and an occupational therapist.
This book provides easy-to-use, research-based strategies and activities that support the development of friendship skills in children with ASD within an active and fun learning environment. From the initial session, participants learn that what they say and do has a direct impact on others. Adult Tour Guides (TGs) act as a personal GPS system by offering subtle coaching and social scripting throughout theme-based sessions that include social activities and situations in which children have immediate opportunities to practice their friendship skills. The Friendship Skills Checklist, a valuable tool included in this book, enables the user to identify the strengths and needs of individuals with ASD, resulting in a comprehensive assessment and interest inventory that can be used to guide social instruction and support.
Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.
These ladies get it. DESTINATION FRIENDSHIP is a program both parents and children love. The concrete pictures, lessons, and lists provide children on the autism spectrum a feeling of comfort and support while they try new things. My son took this course at a local YMCA with these four authors. A child's growth is documented in easily understood, personalized, and rewarding ways. I knew my son was understood and I saw a profound growth in his ability to socialize as a result of his participation in the program. This book would be a great asset for schools to use in inservices to help general education teachers figure out how to work successfully with kids on the spectrum. I can also see a special ed. teacher or other adults using it to lead a small group of kids with the activities. --Khrystina Gleason, mother and elementary school volunteer
This book will be a wonderful resource for anyone interested in building self-esteem and developing and improving friendship and relationship skills of individuals with ASD. Any professional (SLP, OT, guidance counselor, general and special educator, etc.), family member, or community organization interested in helping individuals with social challenges make connections with others will find this book easy to read, with ready-to-use materials and activities that will help drive the development of programming. As a speech-language pathologist working in an educational setting with a growing emphasis on evidence-based practices, the table showing the link between the Destination Friendship Model and current research provided me with the knowledge of reassurance that strategies I use from this book are indeed 'best practice.' --Kelly McAndrews, MS, CCC-SLP, Mountain Top, PA