Practical Social Skills For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-specific Interventions by Kathleen KoenigPractical Social Skills For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-specific Interventions by Kathleen Koenig

Practical Social Skills For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-specific Interventions

byKathleen Koenig

Hardcover | March 6, 2012

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are an alarmingly prevalent topic of conversation in the news, in pediatrician and therapists’ offices, in classrooms, among concerned parents, and at home, within families. The rate of diagnoses seems only to rise. It’s not surprising that professionals who work with kids on the autism spectrum are eager for effective resources on how to help children and their parents or caregivers manage it. And with this book, readers have a new tool to add to their arsenal.

Drawing on her work at the Yale Child Study Center, Koenig explains how critical it is for kids to not simply learn new social skills that fit their individual needs, but to be able to seamlessly integrate them into a range of day-to-day situations, from the classroom to the lunchroom to the dinner table at home. Building their "social repertoire" in this way, she argues, is key to effective autism treatment. Unlike other autism books that tend to be prescriptive in their approach to social skills training, this one teaches that the best social interventions are evidence-based, child-specific, and meaningfully integrated.

Guiding readers through the overarching considerations and principles for designing successful social interventions, Koenig presents a host of specific techniques—visual strategies and supports, scripts and role play, developmental play approaches, video modeling, peer mediated approaches, technology-based instruction, group instruction, self-monitoring strategies, parent-delivered interventions, and much more. Case vignettes illustrate how each intervention can be implemented, and what trouble-shooting techniques can be used when a child isn’t responding well. Koenig also provides advice on how parents and professionals can work together as a team, how to help kids “generalize” their newly learned skills across contexts, and how to measure progress in a sensible way.

With a foreword by renowned child psychiatrist Fred Volkmar, Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders is sophisticated in its methodology but highly accessible, hands-on, and user-friendly. An invaluable manual for clinicians, educators, school counselors and administrators, parents, and all those who work with kids on the autism spectrum, it unravels the nuances of effective social skills training by showing how to really create intervention programs that take kids' own aptitudes and needs into account. With time, the right teaching, and compassion, they can achieve a life of full engagement with their families and communities.
Kathleen Koenig, MSN, is an associate research scientist and a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for more than fifteen years, and is currently involved in a variety of research, clinical, teaching, and consultation activities to help therapi...
Title:Practical Social Skills For Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-specific InterventionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.62 × 6.43 × 0.96 inPublished:March 6, 2012Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393706982

ISBN - 13:9780393706987


Editorial Reviews

[A] refreshing look into how to assist children with autism to reach their maximum social skills potential. . . . [P]rovides a blueprint with concrete techniques . . . . [A]n excellent resource for educators, parents, physicians, and trainees. — Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent PsychiatryI would highly recommend this book to professionals who want to learn effective strategies when working with children, adolescents, and families who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. — American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry NewsletterKoenig not only understands the building blocks of social development but is able to give a highly informative overview. . . . [W]ould be a great supplemental text to a course of developmental disabilities at the graduate or upper level undergraduate level. — The National PsychologistWhat an exciting new entrée Goli Taraghi brings to what I think of as the sumptuous banquet of contemporary fiction. The stories open like gates onto whole cities, exotic states of being, and you live in them as you live in good novels; they carry that kind of reach, that kind of emotional range. Characters reveal their entire being in a few sentences, and you end up worrying about them in that delicious way we worry about the people in our best stories. I will not soon forget the Pomegranate Lady and her sons, nor will you. — Canadian Association for Child & Play TherapyThis book is a must-read for anyone engaged in clinical interventions for social skills in autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Koenig provides beautiful case descriptions and thorough, insightful analyses of how and when social skill interventions work. Her approach is developmentally grounded, a must for any comprehensive understanding of these disorders. — Robert Schultz, PhD, Director, Center for Autism Research, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Professor, University of PennslyvaniaAn Iranian writer prized internationally and among fellow writers of fiction deserves a wider American readership for this rich, provocative collection of stories. — Ami Kin, PhD, Director Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Professor and Division Chief, Autism & Related Disorders, Emory University School of MedicineRich, layered, and haunting worlds…. The thread through each engaging tale is the quest for dignity, particularly as it relates to comfort and home, and the unavoidable awkwardness of exile. — Connie Kasari, PhD, Professor, Center for Autism Research & Treatment, UCLAA powerful reference for educators and psychotherapists alike! — Midwest Book ReviewSocial skills training is central to all intervention programs for ASD, and this book is the foundation for developing and operating effective training. — Young-Shin Kim, MD, MS, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine