Ages: 11-18, Grades: 6th-Adult
Adolescents who have not acquired appropriate social skills on their own are unlikely to develop them without specific instruction. Targeted language intervention with at-risk students may result in more cautionary, socially acceptable behaviors (Moore-Brown et al., 2002). Intervention for adolescents with language impairments may include objectives aimed at improving deficient social communication skills (Henry et al., 1995; Bliss, 1992).
Hats off! Applause, applause! Adolescents will “take a bow” as they master specific social skill areas by understanding different social perspectives. Personalized instruction targets social communication and behavior skills that help students apply what they learn to real-world situations. Instruction methods include explicit teaching, modeling, observation, discussion, role-playing, and guided practice. A pretest/posttest is included. Use each activity with individual students or small groups of students with similar skill deficits.
* Detect and interpret others’ perspectives correctly
* Increase success in social communication and social interactions
* Boost self-esteem by learning how to control social interactions
* Learn to control and participate in social interactions appropriately
The six books in the set are:
Conversations. This book teachesyour students the key elements of conversation in various everyday contexts so they can engage in conversations appropriately.
Emotions. This book focuses on emotions from understanding basic vocabulary associated with emotional expression to the nuanced emotional interpretation even the simplest social interactions demand.
Getting Along. This book may be the ultimate goal of social skills instruction. It’s a topic that encompasses many things from empathic understanding to gracious acceptance of compliments. This book addresses some of the most basic areas of learning to understand and get along with others as well as acquiring some of the “social graces” that can make or break even the most casual interactions.
Interpersonal Negotiations. Teach your students to manage everyday conflicts successfully with the activities in this book.
Making Social Inferences. Help your students become adept at inferring in social settings with these activities.
Nonverbal Language. Unlock the code of nonverbal behaviors that help students infer what someone feels and predict what someone might do next with the activities in this book.
For students with ASD, explicit instructions to attend to facial expression and tone of voice can elicit increased activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, part of the key network for understanding others’ intentions. (Ting Wang, A, (2007) Reading affect in the face and voice. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 698-708, 2007).
Each book: 40 pages, reproducible activities, answer key, CD-ROM
Note: The free CD is NOT software and is not interactive. Instead, the CD contains reproducible pages from the book in PDF Format, allowing you to open pages from the book, view them on screen, and print them from your own printer. You cannot modify or edit the text on the pages.