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Continue to help your teen learn about appropriate social skills

How do I find social clubs and networks?

See our Providers and Services database for more information.

How do I find social skill classes or therapists?

Check with your child’s school to see what social skills curriculum they offer.

See our Providers and Services database for child psychologists.

See our Providers and Services database for Social Skills providers.

How do I address social skills on my child’s IEP?

Social skills can be addressed on the IEP. You may also request that it be stated on the IEP that your child’s homework is to be reduced to allow time for your child to go out and practice the social skills he is being taught in the classroom or in an outside social skills class. But you must have these social opportunities planned out before you request the reduction in homework.

What other resources on social skills for teens are available?

The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide by J.D. Kraus

The teenage years are a time when being social is the #1 priority for kids. But for kids with Asperger’s, who have acute social challenges, these years can be the most difficult, confusing time in their lives. Enter J. D. Kraus, a young man who has been there, done that! He offers practical advice to his peers so they can get the most out of middle school and high school, both academically and socially.

Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond by Jed Baker, Ph.D.

Photos of actual students engaging in a wide variety of social situations show, rather than tell, the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. Most significantly, they visually illustrate the positive and negative consequences of both ways of interacting.

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems by Jed Baker, Ph.D.

A “how to” manual, Jed Baker puts his experience with social skills training groups into a curriculum that “really works.” The book covers everything from assessment and strategies for social skills training to behavior management and peer acceptance through sensitivity training. The strength of the book is in its over seventy lesson plans and activities, which makes it ready-to-use for parents and teachers.

The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations by Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa L. Trautman, and Rhonda L. Schelvan

This book offers practical advice for how to teach and learn social do’s and don’ts. Most people pick up these subtle social messages automatically, but individuals with social-cognitive challenges must be directly taught these nonverbal signs and rules. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the practical strategies and detailed curricula in The Hidden Curriculum make it a much-needed resource.

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson is 13 years old and has Asperger Syndrome. Over the years Luke has learned to laugh at such names but there are other aspects of life which are more difficult. Luke writes briefly about his younger autistic and AD/HD brothers, providing amusing insights into the antics of his younger years and advice for parents, careers and teachers of younger AS children. However, his main reason for writing was because “so many books are written about us, but none are written directly to adolescents with Asperger Syndrome. I thought I would write one in the hope that we could all learn together”.

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