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Social Rules for Kids- The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed

by Susan Diamond, MA

Reviewed by Angela Krout, Parent/MAAP Library Resource Manager
This is a ‘must have’ book for every individual with an autism disorder. It gives the top 100 ‘rules’ for social situations from talking and listening to manners. These all important skills are great for middle and high school students and well as an adult trying to navigate their social world.  
It is broken down in an easy to use format with one rule per page, what the speaker could say, how to respond and a ‘remember’ section at the bottom of the page.
This book could also be helpful in role playing different situations.  I would recommend this book to all parents, caretakers and individuals on the spectrum.

The Parents Guide to Teaching Kids with Aspergers Syndrome- Kindle Edition

by Patricia Romanowski Bashe

Kindle Version

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems

by Jed E. Baker, PhD


Mind Reading: the interactive guide to emotions

by Simon Baron-Cohen

 Created by Simon Baron-Cohen, Jacqueline Hill, Ofer Golan, and Sally Wheelwright at the Autism Research Centre of the University of Cambridge in the UK, this program (available for Windows and Mac on DVD-Rom and CD-Rom) uses actors to portray over 5000 video and audio expressions of emotion. There is an "Emotions library" where 412 different emotions are organized into 24 groups. Video clips of people of all ages demonstrate through the use of stories, definitions and explanations of the facial expressions. The "Learning Center" includes lessons and quizzes. The "Games Zone" allows users to have a bit of fun while practicing and testing their skills. Here users will find a special visitor — the young actor who portrays Harry Potter. This program is exceptionally well done.

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

by Richard Lavoie

While not specific to the social struggles of kids on the autism spectrum, this book offers real world advice on overcoming executive function deficits as they impact relationships in the home and community.

Thinking About You Thinking About Me

by Michelle Garcia Winner

One of my favorite books for addressing social deficits as they arise from the inability to take the perspective of another. It offers clear strategies for teaching social interaction more effectively.
Leslie Shortridge

Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun

by Lisa Jo Rudy

Many families with a child with autism or Asperger Syndrome feel that involvement in the community is not for them. This book sets out to change that, with a rich and varied menu of suggestions for how such families can take full part in community life and support the strengths and interests of their child at the same time. Informal learning experiences can be the key to self-discovery, communication, self-confidence, and even independence for many children on the autism spectrum. Only outside the four walls of school will your child truly discover their own passions, abilities, and social peers. "Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun" is a guide to what’s out there, how to find it, and how to make it work for your family. The book includes hints and tips for involving your family in the right community activities, from sport to science; information on museums, arts organizations and science institutions as venues for an enjoyable and enriching day out for the family; and, resources and ideas for helping your child build on their strengths, interests, and preferred learning styles to explore life in the community. Handouts about autism are included, as well as handouts suggesting ways in which organizations and institutions can successfully include young people with autism in their activities. This book will open the door to community inclusion, creative exploration, and social learning.

Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism

by Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak

This manual helps parents master proven techniques for teaching social-communication skills to young children with autism. The authors clearly describe the skills-building techniques and show how to integrate them into everyday family routines and activities. Designed for use as part of a therapist-guided program, the manual includes reproducible forms. Professionals who want to implement this approach should purchase Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Practitioner’s Guide to Parent Training and A Manual for Parents.

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by Barbara Bissonnette, Forward Motion Coaching

The Asperger’s Syndrome Workplace Survival Guide is designed to be a handy reference that readers can refer to again and again for guidance on specific job-related topics. The pragmatic recommendations will benefit individuals who are entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their careers.

Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life

by Liane Holliday Willey

Liane Holliday Willey explores the daily pitfalls that females with AS may face, and suggests practical and helpful ways of overcoming them. The focus throughout is on keeping safe, and this extends to travel, social awareness, and general life management. With deeply personal accounts from the author’s own experiences, this book doesn’t shy away from difficult issues such as coping with bullying, self-harm, depression, and eating disorders. The positive and encouraging advice gives those with AS the guidance to safeguard themselves from emotional and physical harm, and live happy and independent lives.

” target=”_blank”>Intimate Relationships and Sexual Health: A Curriculum for Teaching Adolescents/Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges

by Catherine Davies and Melissa Dubie, M.A.

This comprehensive and well-researched curriculum fills a long-felt need in the autism community–a frank, up-to-date resource on sexuality tailored to the unique characteristics of high-functioning adolescents and adults on the spectrum. Based on years of experience teaching sexual health and extensive familiarity with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, the authors present "all you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask/teach", taking into the consideration the learning styles inherent in autism. The curriculum comes complete with lessons, activities, handouts, resources, and more. The accompanying CD contains all the handouts for easy duplication and individualization.

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