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Staying in the Game

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Publication Date:
September 1, 2008
Print Length:
157 pages

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Staying in the Game: Providing Social Opportunities for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities picks up where many social skills training programs leave off - generalization. The book addresses this void by presenting a range of interventions aimed at promoting generalization of social skills by showing how to establish social situations that can be opportunities for generalization.

The focus of Staying in the Game goes beyond just placing students in inclusion settings to include taking advantage of inclusion by facilitating the use of typical students to address generalization of social skills - one of the most profound challenges for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. With Staying in the Game, families and professionals who support a child with ASD have critical information that describes how to promote generalization of social skills to everyday experience.


Dr. James Loomis is the rare clinician whose insight into the experiences of his child patients is accompanied by an uncompromising and relentless commitment to making treatments work. Thankfully, Jim has now committed his body of work to a wonderfully systematic, accessible, and highly practical book. Staying in the Game will soon become a survival manual for parents and professionals working to help children with autism spectrum disorders achieve social competence and meaningful relationships. --Ami Klin, Ph.D., director, Autism Program, and Harris Associate Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center
Staying in the Game is the book we have been waiting for; a must-read for all parents of children and teens with ASD, school personnel and community professionals. Dr. Loomis teaches us step-by-step what we need to know to work more successfully on those difficult-to-teach social skills. This is a wonderful resource! --Lois Rosenwald, parent of adult with Asperger Syndrome and executive director, The Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center, Inc.
With Staying in the Game, families and professionals who support a child with ASD have critical information that describes how to promote generalization of social skills to everyday experience. Loomis has created a timely, user friendly resource that can be incorporated into the daily routine with ease and confidence. Staying in the Game is a much-needed complement to the social skills training literature. --Judith Coucouvanis, M.A., APRN, psychiatric nurse practitioner, autism consultant, speaker, and author of Super Skills; A Social Skills Group Program ... and The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism

About the Author

Jim Loomis is a child and family psychologist at the Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where he specializes in working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and pediatric illness. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan before completing a fellowship at the Devereux Foundation and postdoctoral training at the Kantor Family Institute. His professional interests include the development of social skills, adults with autism spectrum disorders, adaptation to pediatric illness and school-based programs for children and adolescents. A frequent speaker to regional and national audiences of professionals and parents, he is a past chair of the professional advisory council of the Spina Bifida Association of America and on the professional advisory council of the Autism Spectrum Resource Center in Connecticut.

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