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Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communications Problems 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 193128220X
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Dr. Baker's clinical expertise and personal concern for individuals with Asperger Syndrome is evident throughout this wonderful book. -- Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA, and Jenna Miller, M.A.T., The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC)<br /><br />If you've been searching for a social skills curriculum that really works, you've found it! -- Lori Shery, president and cofounder, Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)<br /><br />This very user-friendly book provides a wealth of ready-to-use activities for both parents and educators. --Diane Adreon, assoc. dir., Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, University of Miami

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Several recent outcomes studies have provided support for the specific lessons in this book:
1. Trimarchi, C. L. (2004). The implementation and evaluation of a social skills training program for children with asperger syndrome.Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University at Albany, State University of New York. 
This study examined the effectiveness of group training with ASD children using the structured teaching lessons in Jed Baker's book versus a control group. Results showed at least minimal improvement on 90% of targeted skills compared to the control group. 

2. Koning, C., Magill-Evans, J., Volden, J., and Dick, B.(2013).Efficacy of cognitive behavior therapy-based social skills intervention for school-aged boys with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 7 (2013) 1282-1290.
This study evaluated the efficacy of a 15 week CBT-based social skills intervention for boys aged 10-12 years diagnosed with an ASD. Boys with average or better IQ and receptive language skills were randomly assigned to either a control (n = 8) or intervention condition (n = 7). During intervention, boys attended weekly 2 h long group sessions focusing on self-monitoring skills, social perception and affective knowledge, conversation skills, social problem-solving, and friendship management skills. Sessions were based on work by Baker (2003), Crick and Dodge (1994), and Garcia-Winner (2002, 2005). Comparison of the outcomes using repeated measures analyses indicated that boys receiving the intervention scored significantly better on measures of social perception, peer interaction, and social knowledge than boys who had not received intervention. There were no differences on generalization measures of socialization (i.e. situations that differed from training). The manualized intervention used in this study shows promise but replication with larger samples is needed and generalization to new situations needs to be targeted.

3. Kenwothy, L. Anthony, L.G., Naiman, D O, Cannon, L., Wills, MC, Luong-Tran, C, Werner, M.A., Alexander, KC, Strang, J, Bal, E, Sokoloff, JL, Wallace, GL (2013). Randomized controlled effectiveness trial of executive function intervention for children on the autism spectrum. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013 Nov 21.
This study set out to validate the methods used in a manual called Unstuck and On Target by Cannon et al. (2011) which targets frustration management skills. The control group used for this study used lessons based on Baker (2003) manual of social skills training. The lessons used from Baker's manual were not specifically those that target frustration, but instead those that targeted conversation, turn taking and friendship management. Not surprisingly, the Unstuck and On Target group was superior to the control group on frustration measures (remember the control group did not target frustration related skills). What was Interesting though was that the control group showed extensive improvement in social appropriateness and reciprocity skills and the lessons were well liked by schools, parents and students. So although frustration skills were not targeted in the control group, those lessons that were targeted from the Baker (2003) book did in fact lead to large gains in social functioning.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Co.; 1 edition (May 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193128220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282208
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent homeschooling a child with Asperger Syndrome, I�ve bought about a dozen books to help me teach my child social skills. This one is the most useful I�ve found. Most books on this topic are aimed only at teachers and are hard to adapt to use at home with one child; that�s not the case with this book. While the book includes instructions for school personnel and describes how to teach the skills in classrooms and small groups, it is relatively free of educational jargon and doesn�t waste too much space on things that useless to me, like reproducible handouts for the children to take home to their parents.
The skills are broken down into small steps and are very specific, which is helpful with my literal-minded child. As a socially adept adult, I sometimes have trouble finding ways to explain social conventions, like the �Two-Question Rule,� as Baker calls it: �When others as you a question and you answer it, you can ask a similar question right back.� I�m sure I do this every day (�How are you?� �Fine, how are you?�), and yet it would have taken me ages to find a way to sum this up for my child.
The skills are broken down into six categories: Conversational Skills, Cooperative Play Skills, Friendship Management, Self-Regulation, Empathy, and Conflict Management. The skills range from �Maintaining Appropriate Physical Distance from Others� to �Giving Criticism in a Positive Way�. Each skill is covered on two pages. One page lists guidelines for following the rule, and includes a small fill-in-the-blank space where children can plan when they will try out the skill and later report how it worked. The facing page lists suggested activities for teaching and reinforcing the skill.
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I haven't changed my mind about my first thoughts on this book. It struck me as a competent down to Earth book on social skills training. Largely the book outlines the relevant skill on the left hand page and then provides an explanation of the purpose of the skill and how it can be best developed on the right hand side. It reminded me up to a point of the Boystown Teaching Basic Social Skills manuals.

The positives of the book are that a great number of important skills are covered and the strategies for teaching and reinforcing them are presented. These features will grab teachers desperate in most cases for some guidance.

In my opinion, the negatives are that not every skill is reducible to the format of the book. Many skills are more subtle and difficult to learn, and practice, than others. Also many communciation skills are primarily nonverbal and that needs to be emphasised when dealing with AS adolescents. These issues could have been addressed at greater length in the book and given the intended audience more theoretical work could have been introduced. One final quibble I have is grouping those with AS and social communication difficulties together. I think this is a mistake. AS has a distinct set of diagnsotic criteria. Social communication difficulties can arise from a variety of non AS related sources. Boundary blurring is not something I favour.

Many teachers and therapists will find this a practical book. It is not as linguistically geared up as I would like, but it is very accessible. Ultimately no one book is going to work with every child or group.

One of the strengths of teenagers with High Functioning Austim and Asperger Syndrome is their language skills.
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After researching most of the books on the market for Aspergers children and teens, this is surely the most practical source on social skills training. It's not a theoretical treatise, but a user-friendly way to quickly teach relevant skills to students with AS. I recommend to parents and teachers alike.
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This book is an excellent resource for those who want to assist children and young adults with social skills training. There are clear cut lessons and activities that cover a variety of topics from how to greet others to asking someone on a date. Very valuable for those who need concrete examples of the correct way to approach many different social situations. Could be used for children on the autism spectrum, but also for any child who could benefit from practice in social interaction, even those who are shy. Anyone who lives and works with students who have social skills defecits would find this book useful.
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Jed Baker has done it again. This is a nice follow-up to his social picture book. This is done nicely because you can pick and choose which areas you need to work on. Most children could use help with social skills to reduce anxiety, regardless of whether they have issues. My son does not have aspergers and his social skills issues are minimum but with practice the skills he has have been greatly refined.The program can be used in parts at home by parents with minimal training or in a school environment with speech therapists etc.
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This book is not only good to help those in the autism spectrum with lacking social skills, but they can also be applied easily to teaching any children without autism. It is straightforward easy to use, to the point. Definitely worth the money, and was recommended to me by several mothers with more than 2 children with autism. Thanks!
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