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Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges [Paperback]

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Item description for Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges by Judith Coucouvanis & Brenda Smith Myles...

Based on a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the unique characteristics of individuals with ASD, Judy Coucouvanis presents 30 lessons grouped under four types of skills necessary for social success: fundamental skills, social initiation skills, getting along with others and social response skills. Each lesson is highly structured and organized, making it easy for even inexperienced teachers and other group leaders to follow and implement successfully. A series of practical checklists and other instruments provide a solid foundation for assessing students' social skill levels and subsequent planning.

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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.75"
Weight:   2.28 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 18, 2005
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  1931282676  
ISBN13  9781931282673  

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More About Judith Coucouvanis & Brenda Smith Myles

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Judith Coucouvanis, MA, APRN, BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and behavior specialist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and is a behavior consultant to several schools. She speaks regularly on the topics of social skills training, behavior support and ASD offering practical tips for parents and teachers. She serves on the board of directors of the Autism Society of Michigan and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.

Judith Coucouvanis currently resides in the state of Michigan.

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
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Reviews - What do customers think about Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges?

Great resource for more than just kids with autism  Jun 19, 2008
This book was recommended to me as a resource for counseling a group of 3rd-5th grade boys in a self-contained behavior management class. None of the boys in the group had autism or Asperger's, but they displayed immature and impulsive behavior typical of many children with behavior problems. This book was a great help--most of the activities were appropriate for their ages and ability levels, and targeted their behavior goals. The format of the book is easy and helpful, with outlines, specific lesson plans, and multple activities for every lesson. The activities were what I appreciated the most--kids NEED to do more than just talk, and the games were varied and specific to the skills being taught so it was easy to apply them to the lesson. Very good book--don't think it can only be used with kids with autism!!
User-friendly layman's training manual   Jun 2, 2008
This manual is easy to understand and helpful in creating a setting for fertile learning. The target population was originally intended for those who registered high on the autism spectrum. Don't overlook this resource for those with weak social convention skills.
researcher mom  Aug 21, 2006
i found this book to be very helpful. my 12 year old son was diagnosed with aspergers three years ago. but now even in year 2006 not all educators know about aspergers, so my husband and i like so many other parents have to educate ourselves first and then educate others. after all we are our sons advocates. social skills training is very important for those diagnosed with aspergers. so school is not just 8 to 3 it is also morning noon and night at home.
super social skills  May 18, 2005
The social skills program in this outstanding book will be a positive resource for all professionals and parents. The goal is to give an opportunity for success to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders. Children with other impairments could also greatly benefit.
The lessons are presented in a clear, helpful, easy to follow manner with strategies for teaching and reinforcing important, useful social skills. The thirty lessons help children develop competence and confidence in themselves and in each other. Appropriate behaviors are targeted and children practice in a supportive, positive atmosphere.

As a former special education teacher, I think students with an emotional impairment or learning disability, as well as those with ASD, would learn and benefit from these social skills. These skills include following directions, dealing with anger, being a good sport and so many others. One chapter describes disruptive behavior, helps understand why it occurs and gives strategies to reduce the behavior.
The author's steps for the child in the chapter dealing with anger are reasonable and practical. The first two steps are to stop and to take a deep breath. An analogy is made to handle anger by blowing up a balloon. Keep blowing and the balloon will burst or let some air out and release the anger. Children will remember this.
Every chapter clearly presents ideas and activities for success. I strongly recommend this book for special education teachers and professionals who work with young people.

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