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The Autism Ambassadors Handbook: Peer Support for Learning, Growth, and Success. Zak Kukoff, $48.75

Every day, thousands of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle to stay afloat at school — sometimes bullied, often ostracized. Mastering academics can be hard enough without the added challenge of navigating social situations that neurotypical kids take for granted. If students with ASD had a peer to model and reinforce socially appropriate behavior and coach them through schoolwork, it could help them feel at home in the student population.

This inspirational new book describes how to set up just such a peer-mentoring organization in your school or community. With a clear understanding of the needs of students with ASD and the kids who will be their guides, Kukoff provides:

  • Steps for organizing and implementing your own Autism Ambassadors program
  • Clear-cut guidelines on the responsibilities of student “ambassadors,” plus peer-support strategies to improve the ambassador experience
  • More than a hundred specific interventions any student can employ with students with ASD
  • A path for students with ASD to become Autism Ambassadors themselves

Behavior Mapping. Amy Buie, $31.95

A visual strategy for teaching appropriate behavior to individuals with autism spectrum and related disorders.


Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language. Pat Crissey, $35.95

A special educator's tried-and-true strategies for teaching nonverbal communication to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. More than 100 activities break down elements of body language into teachable components. Through role playing, games, art activities, watching video clips, and using worksheets, quizzes, and charts, she shows busy educators, speech-language pathologists, and parents how to teach body language.

Choose from a range of scenarios to demonstrate to students such subtleties as knowing when a conversation is ending, what excitement looks like, or how to acknowledge someone with raised eyebrows. The companion CD-ROM includes many of the activities to print out for use in the classroom or for practice at home. 

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Conversation Club: Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Cognition Challenges to Engage in Successful Conversations with Peers. Lynn Cannon, Jonna Clark, Courtney Kornblum, Eve Müller & Michal Powers, $63.95 (Instructor Manual & Storybook Collection)

As a result of brain-based differences, individuals with HFA experience significant social cognitive impairments that interfere with the development of conversation skills. The Conversation Club curriculum provides a comprehensive instructional framework for teaching both the “how” and “why” of conversation. It is designed to target the needs of elementary-aged children with high functioning autism (HFA) and other social cognition challenges.  The Conversation Club curriculum uses an adapted version of the Teaching Interaction Procedure (TIP) framework. TIP is a model for instruction that includes providing a rationale for why learning a skill is important, breaking each skill into its component parts, demonstrating/modeling the skill, and providing opportunities for students to practice the skill with scaffolded support, feedback, and reinforcement.

Seven key goal areas are targeted — perspective taking and social motivation; environmental awareness and body readiness; conversation initiation and topic selection; topic maintenance; active listening behaviors and attention to conversation; gaining attention behaviors; and conversation breakdown and repair strategies.  The book includes The Conversation Club’s Progress Report, a checklist for instructors to use to gather baseline data as well as monitor progress during the course of the intervention.


The Conversation Train: a Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $29.95

This inventive color picture book uses the metaphor of a train to teach basic conventions of conversation to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Locomotives are like greetings; they get the train going. Train cars are like different speakers' turns; it is good to have at least a few when you are in conversation. A switch track is like a tactful change in the topic of conversation. When a conversation veers off-topic it is like a derailed train.

As well as attractive color photographs of trains, the book contains engaging photocopiable worksheets and coloring pages to help promote skill generalization. This highly visual approach to conversation is ideally suited to children with ASDs aged approximately 5-13.


Developing Motor and Social Skills: Activities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chris Denning, $37.95

This book focuses on motor and social skills development for young children with autism spectrum disorder and is geared toward special education teachers, general education teachers, and related personnel. This book will outline what we now know about how physical activity impacts children with Autism and how classroom teachers can use physical activity programs in their classrooms.


Exploring Friendships, Puberty and Relationships: a Programme to Help Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum to Cope with the Challenges of Adolescence. Kate Ripley, $49.95

This evidence-based programme is designed to help young people on the autism spectrum to cope with the many challenges of adolescence. It encourages them to explore their identity, develop their friendships and to begin to think more about adult relationships, tackling the important related issues of puberty, sexuality, gender identity, body image, dress codes, self-care, safety and conventions for touching along the way. Designed to be used either as a 30-consecutive-session programme or to be dipped into as particular issues arise, it contains engaging lesson plans, supplementary activities, take-home tasks, group discussion points and over 200 cut-out-and-use flash cards.

This is a vital teaching resource for educators, educational psychologists and other professionals working with children aged 11+ with ASDs.

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First Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children Critical Social Skills, Grades K-6. Diane Senn, $57.95

It is critically important that children learn fundamental social skills during their elementary school years. This book and CD provides a unique set of lessons for helping children learn skills and insights they need for creating and maintaining positive relationships with others. Direct teaching and reinforcement of these lessons helps provide children with information and practice that will help bolster their positive social-emotional development. This resource is targeted toward elementary school ages. However, the basic information provided can be used for younger and older students too. Featured topics include Knowing Myself First, Initiating with Others, Learning Conversation Skills, and  Reading Social Cues.

  • 25 Lesson Plans with Reproducible Handouts
  • Pre and Post Social Skills Assessment
  • Graphic Cue Cards (summarizing each lesson)
  • CD with Digital Interactive Activities and Printable Handouts

I Get It! Building Social Thinking and Reading Comprehension through Book Chats. Audra Jensen, $36.95

Reading is more that being able to decode words and sentences. True understanding depends on social thinking ability as well as language comprehension. Audra Jensen illustrates the relationship between social thinking and reading comprehension and offers a positive, practical approach to helping children learn to read for meaning.


Improving Social Behaviors in the Classroom: An Easy Curriculum for Teachers of Young Children with Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Typical Children. Stephanny Freeman, Gazi Begum, Kristen Hayashida & Tanya Papartlla, $47.95

When it comes to teaching social skills to young learners, instructors are always looking for a defined curriculum that presents the precise skills to address and how to teach them. This book offers a curriculum that provides detailed day-by-day lessons to be incorporated into the regular school day. The intent is to provide teachers with a developmentally appropriate sequence of basic social skills by breaking each skill into its component parts. Each skill is introduced and then built upon throughout the weeks. This is a highly structured, sequenced curriculum that enhances specific social goals that are the stepping stones of building appropriate social behaviors.

The curriculum is designed for preschool or early elementary special education teachers of students with autism spectrum disorders but can also be used with any students who have developmental or emotional difficulties.

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Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Proactive Strategies to Support Students. Christopher Denning & Amelia Moody, $48.90

Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder demonstrates specific user-friendly and evidence-based strategies that classroom teachers can implement to proactively set up and deliver classroom instruction that will maximize the chances of success for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Teachers in inclusive environments are facing increasing pressure to meet the needs of diverse classrooms that include more students with ASD. This easy-to-use, research-based professional guide provides teachers with the activities and specific strategies they need, along with detailed descriptions that support immediate implementation.


The Incredible 5-Point Scale, 2nd Edition: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses. Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi Curtis, $30.50

The second edition of the wildly popular INCREDIBLE 5-POINT SCALE is significantly improved and expanded. Using the same practical and user-friendly format as the first edition, readers benefit from work done with the scales over the past 10 years, resulting in refinements to the original scales, now considered "classics" in homes and classrooms across the country and abroad. As well there are lots of new scales specifically designed for young children and for those with more classic presentations of autism, including expanded use of the Anxiety Curve. Another welcome addition is a list of goals and objectives related to incorporating scales in students' IEPs. As in their other writings, the authors emphasize the importance of self-management and self-regulation, two evidence-based practices.

Purchasing the book allows online access to blank scales, small portable scales and worksheets for easy duplication.


Life Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

190+ ready-to-use lessons with reproducible worksheets to help adolescents develop the basic skills necessary to experience independence and success in everyday life.

The book provides 22 complete teaching units focusing on basic life skills such as handling money, succeeding at school, using the Internet safely, getting and keeping a job, and much more. The book also contains 90 reproducible worksheets for teaching students how to apply these life skills to real-life situations.

Life Skills Activities for Special Children. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

Over 150 ready-to-use reproducible worksheets to help children develop the basic skills necessary to experience independence and success in everyday life.

Each of the book's activities focuses on specific skills within the context of real-life situations and includes complete teacher instructions for effective use, from objective and introduction through optional extension activities and methods to assess student learning. The book includes numerous reproducible parent letters which can be sent home to help parents reinforce these lessons while children are away from school.

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New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $54.95 (includes CD-ROM)

Since the early 90s, Carol Gray’s world-famous Social Stories have helped thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders. This 15th Anniversary Edition of her best-selling book offers ready-to-use stories that parents and educators have depended on for years, and new sections added are: How to most effectively use and apply the stories; How to improve the lives of younger children; and Social Stories for teens and adults with autism. Developed through years of experience, these strategically written stories explain social situations in ways children and adults with autism understand, while teaching social skills needed for them to be successful at home, school, work, and in the community.


Next Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges, Grades K-6. Diane Senn & Kathy McElvenny, $57.95

This companion resource builds upon the critical social skills taught in First Steps to Social Success and provides skill information for continuing, enhancing and dealing with challenges for social success. Featured Topics include Building Friendships, Managing Friendships, Handling Friendship Problems, and Social Skills in the Classroom.

  • 25 Lesson Plans with Reproducible Handouts
  • Pre and Post Social Skills Assessment
  • Graphic Cue Cards (summarizing each lesson)
  • CD with Digital Interactive Activities and Printable Handouts

The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Laugeson, $83.90

The PEERS® Curriculum for School-Based Professionals brings UCLA's highly acclaimed and widely popular PEERS program into the school setting. This sixteen-week program, clinically proven to significantly improve social skills and social interactions among teens with autism spectrum disorder, is now customized for the needs of psychologists, counselors, speech pathologists, administrators, and teachers. The manual is broken down into clearly divided lesson plans, each of which have concrete rules and steps, corresponding homework assignments, plans for review, and unique, fun activities to ensure that teens are comfortable incorporating what they've learned. The curriculum also includes parent handouts, tips for preparing for each lesson, strategies for overcoming potential pitfalls, and the research underlying this transformative program.

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Play and Friendship in Inclusive Autism Education: Supporting Learning and Development. Carmel Conn, $60.95

Taking an innovative approach to autism and play, this practical text focuses on the particular form play and friendship takes for children with autism and their peers. Autistic children have clear preferences for play, with sensory-perceptual experience remaining a strong feature as they develop. Play and Friendship in Inclusive Autism Education offers a framework for supporting children’s development through play, with step-by-step guidance on how to facilitate the playful engagement of children with autism.


QUEST Program 1: Social Skills Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Autism.  JoEllen Cumpata & Susan Fell, $34.50

The QUEST Program 1 was developed to address the needs of elementary students with social skills and pragmatic language weaknesses. Because these children benefit from regular instruction and practice, the program uses an intensive proactive approach to teach social skills by combining written instruction with games, experiential stories, and role play, which results in discussion, friendly feedback from peers, and real world experience. Even when provided with an inclusive education in a general education setting, these students do not typically interpret social cues, nuances and rules of interaction in the same way as their peers, which is the reason the program maximizes generalization of skills both in and outside the classroom. The goals of the program are to help students gain a better understanding of human behavior and interaction and to provide opportunities to become familiar and comfortable with the social skills and pragmatic language necessary to be successful at school and in the community.

QUEST Program 2: Social Skills Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Autism.  JoEllen Cumpata & Susan Fell, $34.50

Why start a social skills program? The question is not why, but why not? With inclusive education becoming the norm in schools nationwide, teachers often struggle to address students non-academic needs, but teachers need ready-to-use lessons that won't interfere with their curriculum. Quest Program 2 is a social skills program created to help middle school students with autism who struggle with social skills and pragmatic language.

Developed by a school social worker and speech language pathologist, the program uses an intensive, proactive approach to teaching social skills, combining written instruction with games, activities, and student interaction. Six helpful units: School Survival Basics, Understanding and Managing Emotions, Communication Skills, Making Friends and Interacting with Peers, Personal Safety, Vocational Readiness can be implemented either chronologically or on their own.

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Social Behavior Mapping ó Connecting Behavior, Emotions and Consequences Across the Day. Michelle Garcia Winner, Editor, $34.95

One of the most successful tools used at Michelle G. Winner's Center for Social Thinking is the Social Behavior Map (SBM). Michelle developed the SBM as a cognitive behavior strategy to teach individuals about the specific relationship between behaviors, other's perspective, other's actions (consequences), and the student's own emotions about those around him or her. The SBM is a visual tool that displays these abstract concepts through a flow chart.

Now, Michelle and her team of talented therapists have created a collection of over 50 Social Behavior Maps covering a range of topics for home, community and the classroom. Social Behavior Mapping is geared for use by parents and professionals to help those with social thinking challenges understand what behaviors are expected and unexpected in a way that makes sense to their way of thinking.


The Social Compass Curriculum: a Story-Based Intervention Package for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. LouAnne Boyd, Christina McReynolds, Karen Chanin, $65.95

Children with autism learn social skills best in group settings where they can practice every day interactions with peers. Ideal for Grades 4-8 but easily adaptable for use with older children, this social skills intervention curriculum gives educators 24 lessons that help students with autism make progress in areas critical to social success. Each step-by-step lesson gives students a social story that models a key skill; worksheets that reinforce takeaway points; a simple, memorable icon that helps them remember what to do; opportunities to role-play and rehearse the skill; and take-home worksheets to ensure generalization in settings outside of school.


Social Rules for Kids: the Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed. Susan Diamond, $30.95 (ages 7-14)

Many parents are not sure of what to say and do to help their children improve their social interactions. Social Rules for Kids helps open the door of communication between parent and child by addressing 100 social rules for home, school, and the community. Using simple, easy-to-follow rules covering topics such as body language, manners, feelings and more, this book aims to make students' lives easier and more successful by outlining specific ways to interact with others on a daily basis.

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Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs, Grades 6-12, 2nd Edition. Darlene Mannix, $35.95

200 ready-to-use lessons and worksheets to help students learn social skills for home, school, work and the community.

The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense.

Social Skills Activities for Special Children, Grades K-5, 2nd Edition. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

Over 160 ready-to-use lessons and worksheets to help children use social skills inside and outside the classroom.

Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations, giving teachers a means to guide students to think about why the social skill is important. The hands-on activity that accompanies each lesson helps students to work through, think about, discuss, and practice the skill in or outside of the classroom.


Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Peter Gerhardt & Daniel Crimmins, $46.50

Promoting better social skills and behavior are priorities for anyone working with learners with autism. This accessible book is an ideal text for professionals and essential reading for administrators and consultants in educational settings. Readers will explore current evidence, best-practice recommendations, and future research directions for:

  • assessing social skills with evidence-based methods and tools
  • conducting interventions that really make a difference
  • promoting friendships and peer acceptance
  • implementing school-wide positive behavior support
  • improving outcomes with Pivotal Response Treatment
  • strengthening children's self-help skills
  • providing effective support for families of children with autism
  • using appropriate pharmacologic interventions to manage symptoms associated with ASD

A cornerstone resource for current and future professionals working with learners of all ages, this book will help readers understand what really advances the social skills and behavior of students with autism — so they can use effective practices to improve the lives of children and families.

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Social Skills Games & Activities for Kids with Autism. Wendy Ashcroft, Angela Delloso & Anne Marie Quinn, $33.95

SOCIAL SKILLS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM provides complete instructions for using fun, engaging games and activities to teach social skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. The games include directions for assessing skills such as asking for toys, getting the attention of others, reading nonverbal gestures, understanding perspectives, and cooperating to solve problems. Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, the book takes teachers through motivating, prompting, shaping, modeling, and reinforcing social skills while playing the games and helping students learn to participate in other activities such as demonstrating the social skill in role plays and the natural environment. Perfect for teachers struggling to help their students with autism learn to interact socially with their peers, these games are sure to become a much-loved part of students’ daily routines.


Social Skills Matter! Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan, $53.95 (grades PK-2)

Help your students learn how to communicate effectively, make good choices, and practice appropriate behavior with Social Skills Matter! This book includes over 80 reproducible mini-books for children to assemble, color, read, and make their own. Each mini-book focuses on a different facet of important social skills including cooperative play, learning about feelings, communication, school-day behavior, manners, and behavior management. Mastery of these essential social skills can be a factor in determining a child’s future success, social acceptance, and happiness. Features:

  • Developmental tasks for communication, emotions, manners, relationships, and daily living skills
  • Multisensory activities that shape behavior through auditory, visual, and tactile senses

The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion, and Communication to Children with Autism. Jed Baker, $54.95

Using photographs with speech balloons, and "social stories" style prompts, Jed Baker has created a "…dynamic teaching tool that engages the attention and motivation of students who need a little extra help learning appropriate social skills…" Part one includes discussion of the importance of visual supports, an overview of social skills teaching methods…discrete trial, incidental teaching, cognitive picture rehearsal, social stories, structured learning…and instructions on creating your own social skills picture stories. Part two is subdivided into communication-related skills, play-related skills and emotion-related skills. Over 200 pages.

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The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. Jed Baker, $54.95

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond offers parents and educators of teens (and young adults) photos of actual students engaging in a variety of social situations. This visual learning format shows, rather than tells, students the right (and wrong) ways to interact in different circumstances. The photos illustrate the positive and the negative consequences of social interactions in a wide variety of real-life situations that are important to teens.


Social Thinking and Me: Thinksheets and Guidebook. Michelle Garcia Winner & Linda Murphy, $86.95* (2 volume set); Also available: Social Thinking and Me: Kids' Guidebook to Social Emotional Learning. Michelle Garcia Winner & Linda Murphy, $42.95* (Guidebook only) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Whether you’re new to Social Thinking or a veteran in using their materials, Social Thinking and Me is the perfect tool to introduce and teach core Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts to older elementary school and middle school-age kids (ages 9-14). This two-book set breaks larger and more complicated social concepts down into smaller chunks to make it easier for adults to teach and easier for kids to learn.

  • No prior knowledge of Social Thinking or teaching our methodology is needed! Can be used by teachers in mainstream or inclusion classrooms, by therapists in individual or small group settings, and by parents as a teaching/learning tool to help kids with social learning.
  • Social Thinking and Me uses language that is understandable to both kids and adults, and breaks down complex topics in a way that is clear and manageable to both new and familiar learners of Social Thinking. Its voice is guiding, kid friendly, and sometimes humorous

Social Thinking THINKSHEETS for Tweens and Teens: Learning to Read in Between the Social Lines. Michelle Garcia Winner, $49.95

Social Thinking Worksheets for Tweens and Teens, has a new name: Social Thinking Thinksheets for Tweens and Teens. Itís the same great content, now with a new title and cover.

Thinksheets for Tweens and Teens focuses on the social issues and challenges faced by pre-adolescents and adolescents and introduces social concepts and strategies that can help individuals navigate these tricky years. Social rules and expectations change with age; thinking and behavior that was appropriate in elementary school can quickly become inappropriate and unexpected as students move into middle and high school. Thinksheets help educators, therapists, and parents encourage more mature social thinking and related shifts in their studentsí social skills. The thinksheets explore a wide range of topics, starting with the basic Social Thinking understanding of the Four Steps of Communication, to exploring the hidden rules of the classroom. Thinksheets books are easily used by parents, paraprofessionals, or professionals. Thinksheets are designed to help guide the thinking of both the teacher and the student in working together to better understand social issues and social challenges.

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Successful Social Stories™ for School and College Students with Autism: Growing Up with Social Stories™. Siobhan Timmins, $31.95

As children grow up and spend more and more time away from home in schools and colleges, life often seems to get increasingly complicated. Autism makes the challenges they meet in these new environments even more difficult to navigate. Social Stories™ is a highly regarded strategy that parents and teachers can use to help young people with autism understand the new social situations they face during this time. Writing an effective Story takes a special set of skills, and in this fully illustrated book Dr Siobhan Timmins explains how to acquire and hone these techniques and put them into practice.

Following on from her book on writing Social Stories™ for young children, this book on the next age group up includes 160 illustrations and clear examples based on the author's own experiences of raising a son with autism. She explains how to identify the underlying issues, and articulate the key ideas so that young learners can find connections between Stories to build a greater understanding of relationships, the adult world and their own identity. The book is an invaluable guide to creating bridges between young people and the parts of life they find most difficult.


Successful Social Stories for Young Children: Growing Up with Social Stories. Siobhan Timmins, $28.95

Social Stories™ are acknowledged as a very successful way of teaching concepts and social understanding to children with autism spectrum disorders, but considerable skill is needed to write the most effective story. This clear and engaging book introduces ways of thinking about the issues your child finds difficult, and includes 32 stories created by Dr Siobhan Timmins for her son during his early years, with helpful explanations of how she did it, and what the underlying thinking was behind each set of stories.

She explains how the stories build upon each other to help the child to understand further, more complex topics, and how to see the connections so that you can best help your child. From basic skills such as learning to listen, wait and share, to common fears, this book takes the mystery out of creating effective Social Stories™ and amply demonstrates how to put together a cohesive set of stories which your child can understand and relate to.


Supporting Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Research and Practice. Cathy Little, Editor, $79.90

Drawing together contributions from experts at the forefront of research in the field, Supporting Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders demonstrates that social inclusion is a defining feature of successful education of students with a spectrum disorder.

Divided into three parts, this book begins by proposing a contemporary and operational definition of social inclusion that will help facilitate active engagement by all stakeholders involved in supporting social inclusion within educational settings. The relationship between well-developed social skills and positive social outcomes is also explored, and subsequent chapters explicate and contextualize social inclusion across a range of educational settings. The final chapters present case studies and viewpoints from stakeholders central to the successful social inclusion of students with the disorder. Through discussion of its findings, this book provides the reader with a deep understanding of social inclusion and confirms its importance in facilitating positive educational outcomes for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Teaching Students with Classic Autism Functional Social Skills in Natural Settings. Susan Sheridan & Deborah Bahme, $26.95

A program based on individualized comprehensive assessment and evidence-based practices.

This highly practical book guides teachers and other practitioners in developing and implementing comprehensive social skills programs for individuals with classic autism. This program was developed specifically for students with classic features of autism, who tend to learn best by participating in activities they find interesting, engaging, and part of their daily lives. As a result, the social skills are embedded in motivating lessons in real-life social situations, involving such things as learning to do something nice for others, working on a classroom project, or waiting in a cafeteria line. To make this well-crafted functional social skills curriculum even more relevant, it includes a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use assessment tool tied to IEP development using evidence-based practices.


Teaching Time Management to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Caroline DiPipi-Hoy & Daniel Steere, $31.50

An individual with ASD may quickly learn time-telling skills; however, simply being able to tell time does not necessarily lead to time-management skills. This practical book provides the tools necessary to move beyond time identification, and teach learners how to use time in a way that promotes independence.

Teaching Time Management to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder presents ways to facilitate time-management skills for learners across the lifespan, as a skill that can be developed from early childhood through the adult years.


Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students. Michelle Garcia Winner, $123.95

Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students is a social thinking curriculum to guide therapists, educators and parents who are exploring how to introduce social thinking to their students in a structured and thought out progression. Think Social is designed to assist children across the school ages who have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, PDD-NOS, high-functioning autism, AD/HD, hyperlexia, non-verbal learning disability (NVLD) and when there is no clear diagnosis, but social challenges are present.

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Thinksheets for Teaching Social Thinking® and Related Skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, $48.95 (formerly titled Worksheets!)

One of Social Thinking's best-selling books, Worksheets!, now has a new name: THINKSHEETS. Same great content, now with a new title and cover. THINKSHEETS encourages higher functioning individuals with autism spectrum disorder, social (pragmatic) communication disorder, ADHD, or other related social–emotional learning challenges to process more deeply what social thinking means to them. The curriculum works best for students mid elementary through high school. The THINKSHEETS are coded for different aged students.

Developed from years of working with students with social–cognitive challenges, the THINKSHEETS serve as mini-lesson plans to introduce Social Thinking concepts. Educators can then take these concepts and adapt them through different activities they develop. Teachers, therapists, parents, and other caregivers can also copy and send the material to other stakeholders in the individual’s life to reinforce the concepts the student is learning.


We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia Winner, $151.95* *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers is an engaging Social Thinking educational series that combines a social learning framework with music and dramatic play activities that will appeal to early learners. Play is the learning environment of young children, and this curriculum capitalizes on this idea! The We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers Deluxe Set includes the five storybook set, curriculum book, The Incredible Flexible You music CD, and a free tote bag.

Note: Due to some confusion caused by use of the word "flexible" in the names of many of our products, The Incredible Flexible You series name has changed to We Thinkers!  There will be no content change in Volume 1, only a name change. As the components in Volume 1 are reprinted (Storybooks 1-5, curriculum book, and tote bag), we will be updating them with the new We Thinkers! name. In the interim, our Volume 1 Deluxe Package may contain products with the two series' name on them.

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We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers: a Social Thinking® Curriculum for the Preschool and Early Elementary Years. Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia Winner, $223.95* *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Social executive functioning is a tall order for our early learners, especially for kids with social emotional learning challenges. We Thinkers! Volume 2: Social Problem Solvers delves deeper into the social clues for sharing space, interacting with others, and regulating emotions. Social executive functioning is used in the classroom when sitting in a group to learn, it’s used when running onto the playground to play with others, and kids use it to figure out how to join a play group that’s pretending to be pirates. It involves surveying a social situation, understanding what the group is doing, considering others’ ideas, having enough flexibility (in thoughts and behavior) to ride out the shifts and changes that may occur, negotiating roles, turns, or positions, and self-regulating to keep emotions, actions and reactions under control when problems arise.

We Thinkers! breaks down these complex concepts into smaller, teachable segments that kids can understand and presents them in an organized curriculum from which adults can teach in a step-by-step manner.  Excellent teaching curriculum for all students in a mainstream setting and with deeper lessons geared to students with social learning challenges.

  • We Thinkers! curriculum
  • Five paperback, full-color storybooks
  • We Thinkers! GPS Book (Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving)
  • USB Drive containing core teaching materials from the curriculum and the GPS book
  • Tote bag

Why Teach Social Thinking? Questioning Our Assumptions about What It Means to Learn Social Skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, $36.50

Today's children (both neurotypical and those with social learning challenges) are entering school with declining abilities to learn in a group, attend to a lesson, be considerate toward others, or self-regulate their own behavior. Teachers are increasingly finding themselves ill-equipped with the know-how, tools, and strategies to teach students about social awareness, emotional intelligence, and self-regulation of behavior.

If you've ever wanted, or needed, to make a case for social instruction to be added to a student's treatment plan, social goals written into a student's IEP, or social thinking lessons infused into a classroom or campus curriculum plan, WHY TEACH SOCIAL THINKING drives home the importance of social learning to a student's academic success and later success in life. Through exploring 12 core questions, Winner attempts to raise awareness of the many complex and interrelated issues that are at the heart of teaching social skills. While we wait for public policy to catch up with the ever-present and growing needs of our students, this book will open doors to a new understanding for parents, teachers, service providers, and administrators about effective ways to teach social thinking and related social skills.

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Complete Booklist

The Autism Ambassadors Handbook: Peer Support for Learning, Growth, and Success. Zak Kukoff, $48.75

Behavior Mapping. Amy Buie, $31.95

Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language. Pat Crissey, $35.95

Conversation Club: Teaching Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Cognition Challenges to Engage in Successful Conversations with Peers. Lynn Cannon, Jonna Clark, Courtney Kornblum, Eve Müller & Michal Powers, $63.95 (Instructor Manual & Storybook Collection)

The Conversation Train: a Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Joel Shaul, $29.95

Developing Motor and Social Skills: Activities for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chris Denning, $37.95

Exploring Friendships, Puberty and Relationships: a Programme to Help Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum to Cope with the Challenges of Adolescence. Kate Ripley, $49.95

First Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children Critical Social Skills, Grades K-6. Diane Senn, $57.95

I Get It! Building Social Thinking and Reading Comprehension through Book Chats. Audra Jensen, $36.95

Improving Social Behaviors in the Classroom: an Easy Curriculum for Teachers of Young Children with Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Typical Children. Stephanny Freeman, Gazi Begum, Kristen Hayashida & Tanya Papartlla, $47.95

Inclusion and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Proactive Strategies to Support Students. Christopher Denning & Amelia Moody, $48.90

Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom: a Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Rebecca Moyes, $29.95

The Incredible 5-Point Scale, 2nd Edition: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses. Kari Dunn Buron & Mitzi Curtis, $30.50

Let's Talk Emotions: Helping Children with Social Cognitive Deficits, Including AS, HFA, and NVLD, Learn to Understand and Express Empathy and Emotions. Teresa Cardon, $34.50

Lifeskills Activities for Secondary Students. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

Lifeskills Activities for Special Children Grades K-5, 2nd Edition. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $54.95 (includes CD-ROM)

Next Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges, Grades K-6. Diane Senn & Kathy McElvenny, $57.95

The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Laugeson, $83.90

Play and Friendship in Inclusive Autism Education: Supporting Learning and Development. Carmel Conn, $60.95

QUEST Program 1: Social Skills Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Autism. JoEllen Cumpata & Susan Fell, $34.50

QUEST Program 2: Social Skills Curriculum for Elementary School Students with Autism. JoEllen Cumpata & Susan Fell, $34.50

Social Behavior Mapping ó Connecting Behavior, Emotions and Consequences Across the Day. Michelle Garcia Winner, Editor, $34.95

The Social Compass Curriculum: a Story-Based Intervention Package for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. LouAnne Boyd, Christina McReynolds, Karen Chanin, $65.95

Social Rules for Kids: the Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed. Susan Diamond, $30.95 (ages 7-14)

Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students. Darlene Mannix, $35.95

Social Skills Activities for Special Children, Grades K-5, 2nd Edition. Darlene Mannix, $39.95

Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Peter Gerhardt & Daniel Crimmins, $46.50

Social Skills Games & Activities for Kids with Autism. Wendy Ashcroft, Angela Delloso & Anne Marie Quinn, $33.95

Social Skills Matter! Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan, $53.95 (grades PK-2)

The Social Skills Picture Book: Teaching Play, Emotion and Communication to Children with Autism. Jed Baker, $54.95

The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond. Jed Baker, $54.95

Social Thinking and Me: Thinksheets and Guidebook. Michelle Garcia Winner & Linda Murphy, $86.95* (2 volume set) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Social Thinking and Me: Kids' Guidebook to Social Emotional Learning. Michelle Garcia Winner & Linda Murphy, $42.95* (Guidebook only) *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Social Thinking THINKSHEETS for Tweens and Teens: Learning to Read in Between the Social Lines. Michelle Garcia Winner, $49.95

SOS Social Skills in Our Schools: a Social Skills Program for Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Including High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome and Their Typical Peers. Michelle Dunn, $41.95

Successful Social Stories™ for School and College Students with Autism: Growing Up with Social Stories™. Siobhan Timmins, $31.95

Successful Social Stories™ for Young Children: Growing Up with Social Stories™. Siobhan Timmins, $28.95

Supporting Social Inclusion for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Insights from Research and Practice. Cathy Little, Editor, $79.90

Teaching Students with Classic Autism Functional Social Skills in Natural Settings. Susan Sheridan & Deborah Bahme, $26.95

Teaching Time Management to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Caroline DiPipi-Hoy & Daniel Steere, $31.50

Think Social! A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students. Michelle Garcia Winner, $123.95

Thinksheets for Teaching Social Thinking® and Related Skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, $49.50 (formerly titled Worksheets!)

We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia Winner, $151.95* *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers: a Social Thinking® Curriculum for the Preschool and Early Elementary Years. Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis, Michelle Garcia Winner, $223.95* *a 10% discount applies to all professional-use purchases of Social Thinking publications.

Why Teach Social Thinking? Questioning Our Assumptions about What It Means to Learn Social Skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, $36.50

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