About The Book

Autism: Attacking Social Interaction Problems: A Therapy Manual Targeting Social Skills in Children 4-9 includes sample parent letters, teacher letters, weekly skill steps, and simple stories to reinforce the information presented in the text as well as suggestions for extension activities. The AASIP program provides a comprehensive yet practical approach to teaching social communication skills across the life span to individuals with moderate to high functioning autism spectrum disorder and other diagnoses that result in social communication deficits. Children will enjoy engaging with their peers as they learn how to become social communicators and build their confidence.

This user-friendly workbook includes 16 chapters divided into two units for children 4-6 and 7-9 years of age, allowing flexibility to select activities from either age group depending on the needs of the children. These lessons can be easily used in school settings as well as clinical settings.

The AASIP program offers three additional books for children ages 10-12, the teen years, and a pre-vocational training manual for individuals 17 years to adulthood.

  • Autism: Attacking Social Interaction Problems: A Therapy Manual Targeting Social Skills in Children 10-12
  • Autism: Attacking Social Interaction Problems: A Therapy Manual Targeting Social Skills in Teens
  • Autism: Attacking Social Interaction Problems: A Pre-Vocational Training Manual for Ages 17+

About The Authors

Pamela Wiley, PhD, CCC-SLP, has forty years of experience having worked numerous years with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Wiley is an ASHA certified, licensed speech-language pathologist and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has been in private practice for thirty-five years and worked in the public school setting as an itinerant SLP and teacher consultant for the severe oral language handicap programs. Dr. Wiley is the president and founder of the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc. Her center offers a range of services, including speech and language services, social skills programs, summer speech and drama camps, early intervention programs, preschool for typically developing children, homework helpers’ lab, and her newest program–a pre-vocational social skills training program for teens and young adults with ASD.

Betholyn F. Gentry, PhD, CCC-SLP, has more than thirty-five years of experience conducting research and making presentations to state, regional, and national organizations on social skills therapy for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and has been the director of the Pragmatics Groups on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for twenty-five years, where social skills therapy is provided to children diagnosed with ASD. Dr. Gentry is a professor in the audiology and speech pathology department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and she has received Honors of the Association from the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Jamie Torres-Feliciano, MA, received her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Redlands, California and her master’s degree in special education from Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Torres-Feliciano currently serves as the chief operating officer for the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc. She has more than ten years of experience providing social skills training to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Table Of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Getting Started: Creating a Program

Chapter 3. Weekly Rituals

Unit I. Activities for 4- to 6-Year-Olds

Chapter 4. The ABCs of Life: Skills Needed for School Success

Lesson 1. Active Listening
Lesson 2. Following Directions
Lesson 3. Asking for Help

Chapter 5. How Are You Today? Dealing with Emotions

Lesson 1. Identifying Our Emotions
Lesson 2. Recognizing Emotions in Others
Lesson 3. The Right Emotion for the Right Situation

Chapter 6. Taking the First Step: Initiating Friendships

Lesson 1. Introducing Myself
Lesson 2. Initiating and Ending a Conversation
Lesson 3. Sharing is Caring

Chapter 7. Let the Games Begin: Being a Good Sport

Lesson 1. Asking to Play
Lesson 2. Taking Turns
Lesson 3. Winning, Losing, Compromising

Chapter 8. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Figurative Language

Lesson 1. Understanding Idioms and Common Expressions

Chapter 9. “Grossology”: Personal Hygiene

Lesson 1. First Impressions
Lesson 2. No More Gross
Lesson 3. The Unfriendly Germs

Chapter 10. Blending In: Everyday Situations

Lesson 1. Eating Out
Lesson 2. Birthday Party
Lesson 3. A Visit to the Dentist and Doctor

Chapter 11. Stranger Danger: Being Safe

Lesson 1. Who’s a Stranger?
Lesson 2. Appropriate Versus Inappropriate Touching

Unit II. Activities for 7- to 9-Year-Olds

Chapter 12. The ABCs of Life: Skills Needed for School Success

Lesson 1. Active Listening
Lesson 2. Following Directions
Lesson 3. Asking for Help

Chapter 13. How Are You Today? Dealing with Emotions

Lesson 1. Identifying Our Emotions
Lesson 2. Recognizing Emotions in Others
Lesson 3. The Right Emotion for the Right Situation

Chapter 14. Taking the First Step: Initiating Friendships

Lesson 1. Who Should Be Your Friend
Lesson 2. How to Be a Good Friend
Lesson 3. Topic Maintenance

Chapter 15. Let the Games Begin: Being a Good Sport

Lesson 1. Asking to Play
Lesson 2. Taking Turns
Lesson 3. Winning, Losing, Compromising

Chapter 16. It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Figurative Language

Lesson 1. Understanding Idioms and Common Expressions
Lesson 2. Using Idiomatic Expressions

Chapter 17. “Grossology”: Personal Hygiene

Lesson 1. First Impressions
Lesson 2. No More Gross
Lesson 3. The Unfriendly Germs

Chapter 18. Blending In: Everyday Situations

Lesson 1. Eating Out
Lesson 2. Birthday Party
Lesson 3. Routines

Chapter 19. Stranger Danger: Being Safe

Lesson 1. Who’s a Stranger
Lesson 2. Appropriate Versus Inappropriate Touching

Appendix A. Sample Parent Letters
Appendix B. Sample Teacher Letter
Appendix C. Sample Skill Steps
Appendix D. Sample Newsletter
Appendix E. Sample Data Tracking Form 1
Appendix F. Sample Data Tracking Form 2

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