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Acting Antics: a Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Cindy Schneider, $37.95

This fun and inspiring step-by-step program provides the full set of tools for developing social understanding in children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) through drama. Cindy Schneider explains how the central processes in acting — including making and interpreting inferences from non-verbal cues, taking another's perspective, and formulating language — can be highly effective ways of addressing social cognition deficits in children with AS.


Autism and the Social World of Childhood: a Sociocultural Perspective on Theory and Practice. Carmel Conn, $78.50

AUTISM AND THE SOCIAL WORLD OF CHILDHOOD brings together current understandings about the social engagement of children with autism, gained from psychology-based research into autism, with well-established ideas about children’s everyday social worlds, gained from socio-cultural theories of childhood. It describes the experiences of interaction, friendship and play from children’s own point of view as a way of giving insight into children’s lives as they are lived and understood by them. Such an understanding serves to inform educational practice and aids the provision of more effective learning environments. The book includes real life descriptions of children’s social experiences taken from ethnographic research into the play and interaction of children with and without autism. Practical guidance is provided on educational approaches to supporting the inclusion of children with autism within the ordinary social worlds of childhood.


Behavior Mapping. Amy Buie, $31.95

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

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Big Picture Thinking: Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills — a Book for Students. Aileen Zeitz Collucci, $32.95

Many people who have difficulties with social cognition, including those on the autism spectrum, are not able to see the "big picture" of a situation. That is, they tend to focus, or even "hyper-focus," on the details within the larger whole of a concept, conversation, story, picture or situation, and have difficulty recognizing the main idea, topic or general point. BIG PICTURE THINKING was written to help students with cognitive deficits "see" how individual pieces of social information fit into a larger context, so that they may begin to become "big picture thinkers" and, therefore be more successful.  This practical and effective model is designed to be used by children, teens and young adults.


Building Social Relationships 2: a Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Scott Bellini, $54.95

Building Social Relationships organizes the myriad social skills strategies and resources currently available to make it easier for parents and educational professionals to teach social skills and design social skills programs for children with ASD. A comprehensive five-step model addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with ASD. This second edition, emphasizes the importance of targeting both social skills and social-cognitive processing.


The Cartoon and Script Curriculum for Teaching Social Behavior and Communication: Using Visual Strategies to Support Behavioral Programming for Individuals with ASD. Vera Bernard-Opitz, $32.95

This easy-to-use book is designed to help children with ASD find friends, become better communicators, increase their flexibility, and live lives that are less stressful. Skills are presented in the form of cartoons, scripts and role play — all evidence-based practices — that address a wide range of developmental levels. This book breaks down complex behaviors into manageable steps and provides methods to help children and youth generalize skills across settings and people. The result: individuals on the spectrum become more effective in managing everyday life.

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Crafting Connections. Mitchell Taubman, Ron Leaf & John McEachin, $57.95

Contemporary applied behavior analysis (ABA) for enriching the social lives of persons with autism spectrum disorder.


Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges. Mary Benton, Carol Hollis, Kelly Mahler & Alice Womer, $25.50

Written by a team of two special educators, a speech-language pathologist, and an occupational therapist, DESTINATION FRIENDSHIP provides easy-to-use, research-based strategies and activities that support the development of friendship skills in children with ASD within an active and fun learning environment. From the initial session, participants learn that what they say and do has a direct impact on others. Adult Tour Guides (TGs) act as a personal GPS system by offering subtle coaching and social scripting throughout theme-based sessions that include social activities and situations in which children have immediate opportunities to practice their friendship skills. The Friendship Skills Checklist, a valuable tool included in this book, enables the user to identify the strengths and needs of individuals with ASD, resulting in a comprehensive assessment and interest inventory that can be used to guide social instruction and support.

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Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: the BASICS College Curriculum. Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford & Emily Quinn, $49.95

The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This book helps young adults to explore their identity and self-perception and encourages them to consider their personal characteristics and strengths.

Ideal as a textbook for ASD college programs run by disability support services and suitable for students to use for self-study, it focuses on reframing the student's perception of ASD by looking at personal experiences, the language of diagnosis, and ASD in the media and it encourages students to identify their strengths in social, group or work settings. Each lesson provides valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class, and self-assessment tools.


Developing Resilience in Young People with Autism Using Social Stories™. Siobhan Timmins, $17.95

Young people with autism can be particularly susceptible to setbacks, often leading to depression and a sense of hopelessness. Using Social Stories™, this book introduces a different way of looking at common life setbacks, and offer tools to overcome these obstacles, build resilience and develop coping strategies for the future.

Based on Carol Gray's highly effective Social Stories™ model, this new guide shows how to help individuals with autism deal with challenges specific to them, and how to bounce back from the negative experiences that they encounter. This book is an invaluable guide for learning to create personalised Social Stories™ that can be used to develop resilience in people with autism and help them to cope better with adversity.


Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Quill & Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, $96.95

Whether you're a professional already or in training to be one, this is the resource you need to address complex social and communication challenges for children with autism from ages 3 to 18. In one comprehensive volume, you'll have everything you need to conduct effective assessment, set goals and objectives for the child, plan interventions that work, ensure generalization of skills, and monitor progress. Immediately useful new additions — including a more extensive assessment tool and a system to monitor skill development — make this a cornerstone resource for every professional working with children and youth with autism.

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Engaging Mirror Neurons to Inspire Connection and Social Emotional Development in Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Lee Chasen, $43.95

The innovative drama therapy programme develops social skills in children and teens on the autism spectrum by looking to the mirror neuron system as the key to social connection and interaction.

Lee Chasen provides an accessible explanation of the approach's grounding in neuroscience, followed by a thirty-session program involving creative tools such as guided play, sociometry, puppetry, role-play, video modeling and improvisation. This ground-breaking book will be of interest to drama and creative arts therapists, as well as teachers, school psychologists, counsellors and other professionals who work with children on the autism spectrum.


Exploring Feelings: ANXIETY Training Manual — a Guide for Group Leaders. Helen McConachie, Helen Taylor, et al, $15.95

Consider this your guide to group work success! Written to accompany Exploring Feelings — this manual is intended to pass on experience to those working with high anxiety and ASD individuals in a group setting. Seasoned group leaders have recorded and shared what worked best, what can be tweaked to suit your group, and how to best utilize the tasks and activities in Exploring Feelings through tried-and-true methods, including:

  • Selecting group leaders and members
  • Choosing where to hold group meetings and the benefits of different venues
  • Program Flexibility and how to tailor activities to your group
  • How to best involve parents and guardians

Anxiety is so prevalent in young people with ASD, and is often at the core of behavioral issues perceived as anger or non-compliance. By addressing the main symptom, and doing so in a safe and informative group environment, both young people and their families and friends are sure to see vast improvement in anxiety levels. This manual is the key to enjoyable, successful, and rewarding group sessions, and to helping young people and their parents/ guardians build their “toolbox” of techniques for handling anxiety.

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Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage ANGER. Tony Attwood, $26.50

Many children, especially those with developmental delays, have trouble understanding or expressing their feelings. This can result in difficulty with anger management. Listing possible responses to situations — and the likely outcome of each one — allows the child to make informed decisions about which responses to choose (e.g., walking away vs. hitting). This book provides a guide for caregivers along with a workbook portion that asks children to identify situations that trigger their anger, and helps them find appropriate ways to respond. Helpful topics include:

  • Overview of the Exploring Feelings Program
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • The Emotional Toolbox
  • Social Stories
  • Research Evidence on the Effectiveness of Exploring Feelings

Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage ANXIETY. Tony Attwood, $26.50

Anxiety can be debilitating for anyone, but it can be especially confusing for a child. Learning about emotions helps children recognize connections between thinking and feeling, and the physiological effects of anxiety on the body (sweating, increased heart rate, crying, etc.). This book provides a guide for caregivers along with a workbook section that allows children to identify anxiety-provoking situations, and teaches them how to perceive them differently.

Helpful topics include:

  • Overview of the Exploring Feelings Program
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • The Emotional Toolbox
  • Social Stories
  • Research Evidence on the Effectiveness of Exploring Feelings

Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: from Theory to Practice. Pamela Rosenthal Rollins, $93.95

Learn how to design and implement a high-quality inclusive program that helps young children with autism spectrum disorders develop social communication and language skills.

This text presents a developmental social-pragmatic approach to facilitating language and social communication. Consistent with the SCERTS model (Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports; Prizant et al.), it makes a major contribution to the training and support of young children on the autism spectrum, ages 3-5. While the focus is on the preschool environment, suggestions about how to extend the approach to the home and other environments where the child with autism spends time are provided.

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Fitting In and Having Fun. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 1. DVD $41.95

In order to be socially successful, children must learn to notice and "read" the social cues and messages that people use to communicate. Fitting In and Having Fun aims to stimulate a child's perception of social situations by visually showing them how to decode and interpret information from others. It also helps them to be more aware of their own body language and the messages they are sending. The target viewer is an elementary school-aged child who is ready to learn about the intricacies of social interactions. Social interactions are broken down, showing both the negative and positive consequences of how a child interacts and responds in social settings. As the child becomes aware of other people's perspectives, they can learn what to do differently to affect a better outcome.

Fitting In and Having Fun: Confident and In Control. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 3. DVD $41.95

An important component to making and keeping friends is having the ability to control strong emotions and impulses. This DVD empowers children by showing them what they can do differently, in emotionally charged situations, to stay in control. It shows them how to stay calm to work out disagreements and create compromises.

Geared toward mainstreamed elementary school-aged children, it breaks down complex social interactions by showing the consequences, both positive and negative, attached to how the child interacts with others and how they choose to respond in social situations.

Fitting In and Having Fun: Moving On to Middle School. Social Skills Training Video Series, Volume 2. DVD $41.95

Children who are not prepared to face the daily challenges of middle school can quickly become overwhelmed. Students in middle school want and need to become more independent. To do this they must learn how to read and understand more complex social situations, regulate their emotions and solve more of their problems on their own. This DVD gives tips and advice on how students can handle the many new and complex situations that commonly arise. It helps them to create strategies they can use to improve their organizational, academic, and social skills.

Fitting In and Having Fun: High School Life. Social Skills Training Video Series, $41.95 DVD

The fourth volume in the Fitting In and having Fun DVD Series models tools that help teens in grades 7-12 develop positive relationships, and strategies to improve self-regulation skills — a key component to happiness and well-being. Social situations reviewed include:

  • Showing empathy

  • Manners count
  • Dealing with stress
  • Sharing conversations
  • Classroom protocol
  • Staying calm to problem solve
  • Embarrassing situations
  • Getting organized
  • Falling head over heels
  • Bonus: Peer mentors advice

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A Guide to Writing Social Stories™: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Parents and Professionals. Chris Williams & Barry Wright, $28.95

Social Stories™ are a widely used and highly effective intervention for supporting children on the autism spectrum, but it can feel overwhelming to follow all the rules put in place to create personalised stories. Developed with the input of parents and professionals, and informed by new Social Stories research, this is a comprehensive, clear, easy step-by-step guide to writing effective personalised Social Stories™ that give children social information, creating many benefits for them.

The book includes many examples of real Social Stories created for children by parents and teachers working together, and handy downloadable checklists that highlight the essential components of a Social Story, helping to ensure that each story you write achieves the best possible results.


How LEGO®-Based Therapy for Autism Works: Landing On My Planet. Daniel Legoff, $35.95

With in-depth descriptions of LEGO®-based therapy in action, this book explains how and why it helps to promote the development of social skills for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and related conditions.

Written by Daniel B. LeGoff, who pioneered the approach, this book comprises a series of case histories of children who participated in LEGO® therapy. It traces the development of the evidence-based approach, shares the clinical insights gained along the way and highlights the principles which should be at the core of all effective treatment and educational strategies for children with ASDs. The case histories have real practical value for those working with children with ASDs and also help to demonstrate the subtleties of the adult facilitation role for professionals running sessions.

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How to Talk with Friends: a Step-by-Step Social Skills Curriculum for Children with Autism. Janine Toole, $29.50

This hands-on manual provides everything you need to run a successful social skills group or one-to-one intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or similar social skill deficits. Making friends and maintaining friendships is a struggle for these learners. The How to Talk with Friends curriculum teaches ASD learners the key skills they need to talk and engage with their peers.

This manual is organized into two parts. Part 1 provides the background information you need to run a successful social skills group. Individual chapters cover the course content and structure, course preparation, and course delivery and assessment. Part 2 contains the twelve lessons of the course. Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for pre-session preparation, session delivery and assessment, and parent communication.


Inclusion, Play and Empathy: Neuroaffective Development in Children's Groups. Edited by Susan Hart, $40.95

Contributions from early childhood educators, teachers, psychologists, music therapists, occupational therapists, and psychotherapists highlight the crucial role that early relationships and interactions in group settings play in the development of children's personal, emotional and social skills.

The book features the latest research and methods for successfully encouraging the development of these skills in groups of children aged 4-12. It explores how play within children's groups can be facilitated in order to foster emotional and empathic capacities, how to overcome common challenges to inclusion in schools and introduces practical, creative approaches to cultivating a sense of unity and team spirit in children's groups.


Interoception: the Eighth Sensory System. Kelly Mahler, $34.50

Many people take it for granted, but one of the most important skills we have is being able to understand signals from our body. How you know if you’re hungry, thirsty, tired, etc. are key abilities to live a healthy life. These are also skills that those with autism spectrum disorder tend to lack. Kelly Mahler’s newest book gives professionals and parents a new way to consider teaching these talents to individuals with ASD. She describes the clear link between interoception and many important skills such as self-awareness, self-regulation, problem solving, intuition, and many more.

Also available: The Comprehensive Assessment for Interoceptive Awareness. Kelly Mahler, $35.75

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System describes author Kelly Mahler has designed various assessments to accompany the book, which give professionals and parents a new way to evaluate individuals with ASD and provide targeted strategies to overcome challenges. This kit contains 10 assessment booklets, and accompanying photos.

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LEGO®-Based Therapy: How to Build Social Competence through LEGO®-Based Clubs for Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Daniel LeGoff, Gina Gómez de la Cuesta, GW Krauss & Simon Baron-Cohen, $26.95

This complete guide to LEGO® Therapy contains everything you need to know in order to set up and run a LEGO® Club for children with autism spectrum disorders or related social communication difficulties and anxiety conditions. By providing a joint interest and goal, LEGO® building can become a medium for social development such as sharing, turn-taking, making eye-contact, and following social rules. This book outlines the theory and research base of the approach and gives advice on all practical considerations including space, the physical layout of the room and choosing and maintaining materials, as well as strategies for managing behaviour, further skill development, and how to assess progress.

Written by the pioneer of the approach alongside those who helped form it through their research and evaluation, this evidence-based manual is essential reading for professionals working with autism who are interested in running a LEGO® Club or learning more about the therapy.


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

Understanding emotions — their own and others' — poses a major challenge for children with autism spectrum and other social cognitive challenges, causing frustration and misunderstanding and often behavioral outbursts. This collection of easy-to-use activities for children ages 4-18 gives parents, teachers, and others a valuable resource. Through a wide variety of experiences, children learn to identify and respond to their own feelings as well as the feelings of others, thereby improving their chances of maintaining and establishing fulfilling and successful social relationships. The appendix offers many activities and worksheets for emotions discussed in the book.


Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence through Everyday Routines and Activities. Elizabeth Sautter, $36.95

This book offers a “social learning diet” of concepts and actions that can be used in everyday life to increase verbal and nonverbal language, listening skills, understanding of hidden rules, perspective taking, executive functioning, and more. The activities are recipes for social and emotional learning for which parents, teachers, and therapists typically already have the ingredients. With close to 200 fun and easy activities, including contributions from leading experts, this book offers numerous ways to embrace teachable moments throughout daily routines without having to do extra work! Events like getting ready for school, preparing dinner, going to the doctor, and celebrating Thanksgiving become opportunities for teaching and reinforcing expected social behavior. Geared toward children in preschool through elementary school, the ideas are meant to inspire creativity that suits each specific child. Activities can be easily tailored to meet a child’s developmental level, needs, or challenges.

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Making Sense of Social Situations: How to Run a Group-Based Intervention Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Albert Cotungo, $34.95

Children with ASDs often demonstrate significant deficiencies in social interaction and social communication skills, so it is critical to understand and develop interventions which directly address these needs. This book explores the core areas of ASD development and related deficits, and introduces a practical program to assess and remediate these social competency issues.

Dr. Cotugno employs concepts and theories of group therapy and cognitive-development and integrates them with skill-based instructional approaches to develop the comprehensive Social Competence Enhancement Program (SCEP). This peer-based, group-focused program is explained in detail, including a step-by-step guide to its implementation and a full range of tasks and activities that can be used by practitioners at each stage of the process.

This book will be a valuable resource for teachers, clinicians and all other professionals working with children with ASD who are interested in using group interventions as a means to improve social competency and treat social skills deficits.


Movie Time Social Learning. Anna Vagin, $42.95

One of the greatest challenges in teaching social thinking is finding interesting, imaginative, and enjoyable ways for students of all ages to study complex social situations. MOVIE TIME SOCIAL LEARNING takes an activity many students already love — watching movies — and uses it as a springboard to study the intricacies of social interaction. By hitting the pause button, we freeze social situations and give students the all-so-valuable extra time to read context, interpret thoughts, feelings and plans, make predictions about social behavior, and formulate narrative language to discuss social interactions.

Author Anna Vagin’s thirty years of experience and deep understanding of social learning shine through each page as she thoughtfully explains social concepts and provides detailed, fine-tuned lessons for seven different popular movies that students will recognize and love. MOVIE TIME SOCIAL LEARNING incorporates the concepts, vocabulary, and strategies that are at the heart of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking framework. The book comes with a CD that includes all seven lesson plans as well as ready-to-print templates, handouts, and letters.


Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA): Clinical Guidelines for Group Work with Children and Adolescents. Jenni Rook, Rebecca West, Jeffrey Wolfe, Pan Ho, Alana Dennis, Yayoi Nakai-Hosoe & Kimberly Peyton, $70.95

Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual is a comprehensive handbook for assessing and documenting social skill development in group music therapy for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. It assists therapists in:

  • communicating with teachers and administrators to develop a collaborative treatment approach
  • identifying baseline social abilities for individual music therapy clients
  • developing treatment goals targeting social skill development in music therapy
  • tracking data toward individualized objectives while monitoring correlation between affect and engagement of each client
  • reporting progress to classroom teachers and guardians

The MTSSA can also be adapted for use outside of the classroom setting and can be implemented with clients of various ages, including adults. With a CD-ROM of data collection and reporting tools, as well as songs composed to facilitate social interaction, this resource will be of immeasurable value to music therapists and students of music therapy.

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New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $52.95 (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.


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.


PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $88.10

PEERS® for Young Adults presents the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders and social challenges. Inside, readers will find a critical step forward in the dissemination of effective behavioral interventions for young adults in the form of 16 engaging group session outlines that are both user-friendly and backed by empirical research. Each session is accompanied by homework assignments and practice suggestions designed to reinforce the group’s understanding of the skills learned during each meeting. This practical resource will prove to be an invaluable reference for any clinician or educator working with this population.

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Plan for People Play. Fern Sussman & Elaine Weitzman, $16.00

Children learn a variety of skills during their play experiences. In fact, everything that your child needs to learn — vocabulary, language skills, social skills and even how to solve problems — can be learned through play. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or social communication difficulties often have a challenging time learning to play, which means they might miss out on important learning opportunities.

PLAN FOR PEOPLE PLAY helps you create enjoyable play situations that encourage your child to participate so that he can have the best possible opportunities to both have fun and build important social communication and interaction skills.

This booklet centers around “people games” — games that focus on interaction instead of on toys. People games are particularly helpful for children with social communication difficulties because they provide many opportunities to build some of the key interaction skills that these children often find difficult. Based on current research on what helps children with ASD learn best, Plan for People Play gives you practical, easy-to-use strategies for:

  • Choosing the most appropriate people games for your child based on his sensory preferences.
  • Identifying the next skill your child can learn in a people game.
  • Using specific interaction strategies during people games to help your child develop more advanced social interaction skills.

Plausible Answers to the Question: "Why Do They Do That?" Glenda Fuge & Paul Pitner, $31.50

This is a hands-on reference for parents, caregivers, and teachers that takes a unique approach to  behaviors that often dismay and puzzle adults. Using a practical and reader-friendly format, the book presents solutions to some common and not-so-common questions about young children's behavior.

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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.


Play & Imagination in Children with Autism, 2nd Edition. Pamela Wolfberg, $26.95

This now classic text is a cornerstone of the efforts to develop inclusive peer play programs for children on the autism spectrum. This second edition has been thoroughly revised to reflect significant developments in the field of autism.


Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-Specific interventions.Kathleen Koenig, $35.00

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.

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Promoting Social Interaction for Individuals with Communicative Impairments. Edited by M. Suzanne Zeedyk, $31.95

All humans have an innate need to communicate with others, and this book presents successful approaches to nurturing communicative abilities in people who have some type of communication impairment. Covering both the theory and practical implementation of different interventions, this book will be invaluable for health and social work professionals, psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, speech and language therapists, as well as researchers, teachers and students in these fields.


Prosody Intervention for High-Functioning Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing Communication and Social Engagement through Voice, Rhythm, and Pitch. Michelle Dunn & Larry Harris, $39.95

When making the transition to adulthood, young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder can find their opportunities limited by their impaired prosody. Through a program of evidence-based lessons and resources, this book helps to develop verbal and nonverbal skills essential to adult life, particularly in the context of looking for a job or social situations. It is a complete curriculum, covering everything from self-calming to fluency and conversational skills, and includes lesson plans, handouts, and homework.

The program has been successfully used by the authors in their work with people on the autism spectrum and will be a life-changing resource for professionals as well as for parents and people on the autism spectrum wanting to improve their ability to communicate well.


Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play: Building Pretend Play for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Difficulties. Elaine Weitzman & Lisa Drake, $16.00

Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play focuses on helping parents expand their child’s pretend play skills during fun, everyday play activities. Children with social communication difficulties often find it challenging to pretend, so adults must take some extra steps to provide them with the opportunities and encouragement they need to learn. Booklet highlights include:

  • A checklist for identifying your child’s current stage of pretend play and the next step he can take
  • Guidelines on the best toys to use and how to use them to encourage your child’s development
  • Concrete examples and illustrations of parents using the strategies in the booklet to build their child’s play skills
  • A Pretend Play Plan to help you plan your child’s next play step and how you’ll help him take it

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Set for Success: Activities for Teaching Emotional, Social and Organizational Skills. Josie Santomauro & Margaret Anne Carter, $34.95

To be successful in today's world, all children need to become competent in emotional, social and organizational skills. This book of easy-to-implement strategies will be an invaluable tool for teaching these essential life skills to children of all abilities. Each chapter provides objectives, lesson ideas, activities and photocopiable worksheets, and adopts an engaging theme appealing to a wide range of interests including science, music, cookery and sports. Set for Success offers a series of structured yet fun-filled exercises that cater to all learning styles and levels of emotional and social proficiency.

This practical resource is ideal for children aged 3-10.


Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: a Guide for Teaching Pro-Social Skills. Ellen McGinnis & Richard Simpson, $71.95

This new guide employs Skillstreaming's evidence-based four-part training approach — modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization — to teach pro-social skills in a small-group context. The book includes a total of 80 skills specifically tailored to the needs of learners with high-functioning autism and related disorders. The introduction offers a framework for understanding high-functioning autism disorders, defines unique characteristics of this population, and emphasizes the role of individualized coaching and the assistance of supportive peers in helping these learners meet their unique challenges. The remainder of the book presents skills and related materials.


The Social Play Record: a Toolkit for Assessing and Developing Social Play from Infancy to Adolescence. Chris White, $52.95

Parents, teachers and professionals working with or caring for a child with social interaction difficulties will find this toolkit an essential assessment resource. The Social Play Record is a practical resource for assessing and developing social play in children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) or difficulties with social interaction.

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Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Peter Gerhardt & Daniel Crimmins, $48.50

Promoting better social skills and behavior is a priority for anyone who works with learners with autism—but which practices really improve outcomes? Find out in this cutting-edge volume, a reader-friendly synthesis of the latest findings from more than 20 of today's top researchers in the field.

This accessible book is an ideal text for future professionals and essential reading for administrators and consultants in educational settings. Readers will explore current evidence, best-practice recommendations, and future research directions. 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.


Social Skills, Emotional Growth and Drama Therapy: Inspiring Connection on the Autism Spectrum. Lee Chasen, $34.95

Drama therapy provides valuable opportunities for children on the autism spectrum to interact and connect with others in a fun, supportive environment. The innovative model of drama therapy described in this book is rooted in neuroscience, and designed specifically to develop social, emotional and expressive language skills in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Lee Chasen provides an accessible explanation of the theoretical foundations, concepts and techniques that make up the approach, and describes in detail a thirty-session drama therapy program which uses creative and playful tools such as guided play, sociometry, puppetry, role-play, video modeling and improvisation. Scenarios drawn from his own practice provide useful insights into the practicalities of setting up and running such a program, as well as into how children's social, emotional and expressive language skills deepen through their immersion in this unique approach.


Social Skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders: the PEERS Treatment Manual. Elizabeth Laugeson & Fred Frankel, $76.90

A comprehensive, evidence-based manual for tackling such issues as developing conversational skills, choosing friends, using humor, teasing, bullying, gossiping and handling disagreements.


Social Skills Games for Children. Deborah Plummer, $33.95

Featuring a wealth of familiar and easy-to-learn games, this practical handbook is designed to foster successful social strategies for children aged 5-12, and will help adults to understand and reflect constructively on children's social skills. The book covers the theory behind the games in accessible language, and includes a broad range of enjoyable activities: active and passive, verbal and non-verbal, and for different sized groups. Deborah Plummer addresses issues that might arise when supporting children with a range of communication differences, including children with learning differences, and offers a variety of cognitive and behavioural strategies to help children to reinforce the skills explored in the games.

This is an ideal resource for teachers, parents, carers and all those working to improve the social skills of children.

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Social Skills Intervention Manual. Samm House, Editor, $49.95

THE SOCIAL SKILLS INTERVENTION MANUAL (SSIM) is a compilation of goals, objectives, and intervention strategies for 63 behaviors grouped by categories: Relationships, Communication, Problem Solving, Decision Making/Goal Setting and Academic Interactions.

It is designed to respond to the most typical social skills problems exhibited by students in educational settings. The interventions are appropriate for any student engaging in the selected behaviors. The Social Skills Checklist provides a means of calling attention to specific behaviors for the purpose of early intervention.


Social Skills Success for Students with Autism/Asperger's, Grades 6-12. Fred Frankel & Jeffrey Wood, $35.95

How to teach conversation skills, prevent meltdowns and help kids fit in.


Social Skills Training for Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Susan Williams White, $35.95

This practical, research-based guide provides a wealth of tools and strategies for implementing social skills training in school or clinical settings. Numerous case examples illustrate common social difficulties experienced by children with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism; the impact on peer relationships, school performance, and behavior; and how social skills training can help. Chapters delve into the nuts and bolts of teaching and reinforcing core skills in classroom, small-group, or individual contexts, emphasizing ways to tailor interventions to each individual's needs.


Social Skills Training and Frustration Management: DVD. Jed Baker, $55.95 DVD format, 4.5 hours

This comprehensive, dynamic presentation is extremely valuable to all family members and professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, mood and anxiety disorders, and other issues that impact social-emotional functioning. The DVD workshop will help parents and professionals learn how to:

  • Build an individual’s social skills in crucial areas such as conversation, conflict resolution, emotion management, employment, dating, etc.
  • Develop an effective behavior plan
  • Manage and prevent meltdowns
  • Help create peer acceptance
  • Assess social skills of individuals or groups

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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

Socially Savvy: an Assessment and Curriculum Guide for Young Children. James Ellis & Christine Almeida, $86.95

No child should be left to flounder in a confusing world of social nuances and expectations. Social competencies pave the way for a child to have fun at birthday parties, resolve conflicts with friends, feel heard, and stand up for oneself. Socially Savvy helps educators and parents break down broad areas of social functioning into concrete skills. The included checklist pinpoints a child's specific strengths and challenges which in turn makes it possible to prioritize the skills most in need of intervention, develop strategies to address them, and track the effectiveness of those strategies.

This manual includes targeted, play-based activities that foster the development of social skills critical to a joyful childhood and future academic success. Socially Savvy is designed for all parties–from educator to the parent–working with children in planned and naturally occurring opportunities to help develop essential social skills. This manual serves as a resource to make both learning and teaching social skills a fun, rewarding experience.


Staying in the Game: Providing Social Opportunities for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities. James Loomis, $23.95

Staying in the Game picks up where many social skills training programs leave off — with generalization. The book addresses this void by presenting a range of interventions aimed at promoting generalization of social skills by showing how to establish social situations that can be opportunities for generalization.

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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.


Super Skills: a Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges. Judith Coucouvanis, $55.95

The title says it all! Super Skills is SUPER at many levels. 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 skills levels and subsequent planning.

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Take Out the Toys. Fern Sussman & Elaine Weitzman, $16.00 http://www.parentbooks.ca/thumbs/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

This booklet focuses on expanding your child’s “functional play” — the kind of early toy play that involves doing conventional or “expected” actions on toys, like putting shapes into a sorter or building a tower with blocks. Why Is Early Toy Play Important? Many studies have shown that the better the play skills of a young child with autism, the better his play and language skills will be later on. Your child’s play may not be as complex or creative as that of typically developing children. But by using specific interaction strategies during your everyday play activities, there’s a lot you can do build his skills.

Take Out the Toys offers simple, research-based strategies for building your child’s early toy play through imitation — helping him learn to copy the actions he sees you perform on toys. Imitation is a critical skill that not only helps to develop play skills, but is also connected to social interaction and language skills. 


Taking CHARGE of My Rainbow of Emotions. Dolly Bhargava, $28.50

Identifying, expressing, and dealing with their emotions in a socially acceptable way poses challenges for many children with autism spectrum and related disorders.  Starting with checklist for assessing one's emotions, this innovative resource goes on to provide caregivers with a framework for giving students the tools they need to become effective emotional managers. Using the visual of a tool belt, strategies are grouped into the following categories:  Chat Tools, Help Thinking Tools, Amusement Tools, and Exercise Tools — all tools proven helpful for individuals with social-emotional challenge.  Lots of forms and visual make this a practical and ready-to-use guide.


Talkabout for Children: Developing Self Awareness and Self Esteem. Alex Kelly, $70.95

This practical resource is packed with activities and games for developing self awareness and self esteem.  Self awareness and self esteem is an essential prerequisite to developing social skills and so this book is an excellent first step to any social skills programme. The book includes:

  • Over 40 activities to develop self awareness and self esteem
  • A CD with colour versions of the activities to print out and use
  • A year's teaching plan to help teachers incorporate groups into the school curriculum
  • A short introduction to working with children with low self esteem and social skills difficulties
  • A short assessment of self awareness and self esteem
  • 25 excellent group cohesion activities to use within in your groups
  • Forms and evaluation sheets to help with the smooth running of groups.

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Teaching the Basics of Theory of Mind. Kristina Ordetx, $43.95

A complete curriculum with supporting materials for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related social difficulties aged approximately 5 to 9 years.

This manual contains a 12-week curriculum designed to incorporate a multi-sensory approach to developing the critical and basic aspects of Theory of Mind (ToM). By building on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy principles, this book shows how teaching ToM to young children can help them to better understand the emotions and actions of people around them. This curriculum has been designed to enhance the development of ToM and subsequently enhance social understanding in children who demonstrate challenges with pre-requisite skills that lead to successful social relationships and situations. As well as practical advice and supplementary materials such as worksheets and cut-out-and-use flash cards, this book includes reinforcement activities to be carried out at home with parents and care givers.

Written by Dr Kirstina Ordetx, an experienced Developmental Psychologist and CBT specialist, this book is essential reading for teachers and other professionals working with children with ASDs and related social difficulties, including behavioural therapists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists, wanting to explore the benefits that ToM can bring to pre-adolescent children.


Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: a Practical Guide for Teachers and Parents. Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Julie Hadwin, $95.99

The difficulties experienced by children with autism and related conditions in inferring the thoughts, beliefs, desires and intentions of others are well documented in numerous studies. It now seems that these deficits underlie many of the social and communication problems that are characteristic of autism. Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read explores the relationship of "theory of mind" deficits to other areas of children's functioning and describes existing experimental work that has attempted to enhance the skills associated with understanding others' minds. Drawing on their own intervention programme, and providing detailed information about the teaching materials and strategies they use, the authors provide practical guidelines for helping children with autism spectrum conditions to improve their understanding of beliefs, emotions and pretence. The authors tackle specific problematic issues including:

  • how to interpret facial expressions
  • how to recognise feelings of anger, sadness, fear and happiness
  • how feelings are affected by what happens and what is expected to happen
  • how to see things from another person's perspective
  • how to understand another person's knowledge and beliefs

This easy-to-follow graded teaching guide is of particular relevance to special needs teachers, educational and clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, and carers of children with autism spectrum conditions.

Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: the Workbook. Patricia Howlin, Simon Baron-Cohen, Julie Hadwin, $37.95

This workbook presents the most effective approaches, strategies, and practical guidelines to help alleviate social and communication problems in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The workbook complements the best-selling Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide for use in practical settings.

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Teaching Perspective-Taking Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lynn Cohen Brennan, $64.95

Educators, psychologists, speech and language pathologists, school adjustment counselors and parents can use the teaching guidelines in this manual to help children on the autism spectrum acquire the social perspective taking skills that are so vital to social competency.  Beginning with basic non-verbal communication skills such as eye contact and pointing skills, and using concrete, step-by-step instructions, the manual provides systematic teaching programs designed to build progressively more complex social perspective-taking skills including joint attention and pretend play skills, identifying and predicting emotions in themselves and others, making social inferences, understanding false and nested belief and faux pas.  Teaching scenarios, with corresponding illustrations designed to enhance comprehension, are provided as well as recommended activities for promoting the generalization of acquired skills. Includes manual and CD-ROM with reproducibles.


Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: a Practitioner's Guide to Parent Training. Brooke Ingersoll & Anna Dvortcsak, $126.95 (includes a copy of the Manual for Parents)

This two-book package + DVD presents a parent-training approach that is accessible, evidence based, and highly practical. Grounded in developmental and behavioral research, the Practitioner's Guide provides step-by-step guidelines for conducting parent training individually or in groups. It takes proven techniques for promoting the social-communication skills of young children with autism (up to age 6) and breaks them into simple yet effective steps so parents can learn how to do them. The DVD, for use in the training sessions, features video clips of parents implementing the techniques with their children, as well as PowerPoint slides. The Practitioner's Guide also features 30 reproducible handouts and forms.

The companion Manual for Parents helps parents master the techniques and use them at home with their child during daily routines and activities.

Copies of the parent manual are also sold separately.Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: a Manual for Parents. Brooke Ingersoll & Anna Dvortcsak, $40.50

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Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism: Best Practices in Individualizing Interventions. Edited by Andy Bondy & Mary Jane Weiss, $35.95

Difficulties with social skills are among the biggest challenges for children with autism. This landmark, research-based essay collection is an overview of the best practices for teaching social skills to people with autism. Well known professionals describe what works for learners with autism:

  • Parent training to increase their toddler’s engagement & play
  • Combining approaches in small group settings with typically developing peers
  • Targeting core deficits of autism with Pivotal Response Treatment
  • Using conversational scripts, video modeling, and peer-mediated interventions
  • Employing naturalistic teaching strategies

Behavior analysts, teachers, early interventionists, SLPs, graduate students, and anyone who instructs other professionals how to teach children with autism can consult this book to find tried-and-true approaches to teaching social skills. Parents, too, may wish to consult this book if they are seeking a more effective approach to helping their child master social skills.


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.

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Teaching Theory of Mind: a Curriculum for Children with High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Related Social Challenges. Kirstina Ordetx, $43.95

This book provides teachers and other professionals with a highly effective, easy-to-follow curriculum for teaching children with social challenges to relate to and interact with others successfully by developing a solid, basic foundation in Theory of Mind.

Dr. Kirstina Ordetx explains how to assess each child's readiness for the curriculum, suggesting practical ways in which to support those who do not yet meet the minimum criteria. Twelve 60-90 minute lesson plans for use with small or large groups of children aged approximately 7-16 are then presented. The lesson plans are engaging and varied, and are grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). All of the supplementary materials needed to teach the curriculum are included in the book: a photocopiable assessment checklist, a photocopiable social skills poster, and over 200 cut-out-and-use flash cards.

This curriculum will be of interest to educators and other professionals, including behavioral therapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and school and guidance counsellors.


Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME: Teaching Perspective Taking and Social Thinking to Persons with Social Cognitive Learning Challenges, 2nd Edition. Michelle Garcia Winner, $70.95

Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME is one of Michelle Garcia Winner’s best-selling works. This newly revised edition includes 140 new pages of information, including two new chapters and an updated philosophy throughout. The assessment chapter has been re-written and expanded to include a Social Thinking Dynamic Assessment Protocol®, with more detailed assessment techniques. As well, this second edition includes:

  • Winner's 3 Levels of Social Cognitive Perspective Taking
  • Review of Social Cognition and Related Theories
  • The 4 Steps of Communication Explained and Related Treatment Activities
  • Concrete Strategies to help students become aware of the impact their words and actions have on other people's thoughts, emotions and actions
  • Sample IEP Goals and Benchmarks

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Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism. Temple Grandin & Sean Barron, $27.50

Born with autism, both authors now famously live successful social lives. But their paths were very different. Temple's logical mind controlled her social behavior. She interacted with many adults and other children, experiencing varied social situations. Logic informed her decision to obey social rules and avoid unpleasant consequences. Sean's emotions controlled his social behavior. Baffled by social rules, isolated and friendless, he made up his own, and applied them to others. When they inevitably broke his rules, he felt worthless and unloved. Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with the social world and found their places in it. Whether you are a person with autism, a caregiver in the autism community, or just someone interested in an "outsider" view of society, their powerful stories will enthrall and enlighten you.


Using Intensive Interaction with a Person with a Social or Communicative Impairment. Graham Firth & Mark Barber, $25.95

Intensive Interaction is a highly effective approach for communicating and developing social interaction and engagement with difficult-to-reach individuals. This easy-to-use guide steers readers through the practical application of the approach, showing how positive results can best be achieved.

The authors explain clearly how to prepare for, carry out and reflect on the use of Intensive Interaction with a client or family member. A multitude of key questions are addressed, including finding the right setting, evaluating progress and disengaging effectively at the end of a session. In the final section they consider some of the wider implications of the approach, such as developing confidence as a practitioner and incorporating Intensive Interaction into long-term care or educational planning.


Visual Techniques for Developing Social Skills. Rebecca Moyes, $19.95

Activities and lesson plans for teaching children with high-functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

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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.


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

What the Heck Does That Mean?! Using Picture Cards to Teach Idioms. Susan Madden, $59.95 (ages 8 and up)

Idioms can be perplexing, especially to literal thinkers, kids with ASD, and non-native speakers. Yet idioms are everywhere — so it makes sense to teach them rather than try to avoid them. Each of these 125 Picture Cards presents an idiom, illustrates its literal meaning, and offers three choices: the true definition and two plausible but incorrect (and sometimes funny) alternatives. The other side of the card shows only the idiom and the illustration. So, depending on which side of the card you use, students can choose the correct definition or come up with it on their own. Either way, they’ll have a memorable visual association for each idiom.

These whimsical Picture Cards (along with 35 Bingo Cards, also included) can be used to play a variety of engaging idiom games. A Leader’s Guide offers instructions, ideas, and lots of fun follow-up activities. Turn to this versatile resource whenever your students ask, “What the heck does that mean?”

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Why Didn't They Just Say That? PEERspective — A Complete Curriculum. Jennifer Schmidt, $28.95

"Let’s create a class instead of the typical social skills programs!" With this statement began the development of this innovative evidence-based curriculum for secondary students with ASD and their neurotypical (NT) peers. PEERspective is a complete curriculum that teaches high school students self-awareness, self-acceptance, relationship building, conflict resolution, managing stress and wellness, and many other topics that have lifelong impact on students' lives. The curriculum is popular among students with ASD as well as their NT peers, leading to friendships and relationships far beyond the classroom.


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.


YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning. Anna Vagin, $26.95

YouCue Feelings: Using Online Videos for Social Learning includes summaries and links to fabulous YouTube videos that will keep your students asking for more. There are also lots of structured activities to keep your discussions lively and fun. YouCue Feelings teaches emotional vocabulary, improves student ability to track changes in feelings, and builds comfort level to reflect on one’s own emotional experiences. So give YouTube a try — there’s lots of rich material there! Specifically written for therapists, teachers and parents of grade K-8 students.

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Complete Booklist

Acting Antics: a Theatrical Approach to Teaching Social Understanding to Kids and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Cindy Schneider, $37.95

Autism and the Social World of Childhood: a Sociocultural Perspective on Theory and Practice. Carmel Conn, $78.50

Behavior Mapping. Amy Buie, $31.95

Big Picture Thinking: Using Central Coherence Theory to Support Social Skills — a Book for Students. Aileen Zeitz Collucci, $32.95

Building Social Relationships 2: a Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Scott Bellini, $54.95

The Cartoon and Script Curriculum for Teaching Social Behavior and Communication: Using Visual Strategies to Support Behavioral Programming for Individuals with ASD. Vera Bernard-Opitz, $32.95

Crafting Connections. Mitchell Taubman, Ron Leaf & John McEachin, $57.95

Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges. Mary Benton, Carol Hollis, Kelly Mahler & Alice Womer, $33.95

Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: the BASICS College Curriculum. Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford & Emily Quinn, $49.95

Developing Resilience in Young People with Autism Using Social Stories™. Siobhan Timmins, $17.95

Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder, 2nd Edition. Kathleen Quill & Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, $93.50

Engaging Mirror Neurons to Inspire Connection and Social Emotional Development in Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. Lee Chasen, $96.95

Exploring Feelings: ANXIETY Training Manual — a Guide for Group Leaders. Helen McConachie, Helen Taylor, et al, $15.95

Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage ANGER. Tony Attwood, $26.50

Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage ANXIETY. Tony Attwood, $26.50

Facilitating Early Social Communication Skills: from Theory to Practice. Pamela Rosenthal Rollins, $94.95

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A Guide to Writing Social Stories™: Step-by-Step Guidelines for Parents and Professionals. Chris Williams & Barry Wright, $28.95

How LEGO®-Based Therapy for Autism Works: Landing On My Planet. Daniel Legoff, $35.95

How to Talk with Friends: a Step-by-Step Social Skills Curriculum for Children with Autism. Janine Toole, $29.50

Inclusion, Play and Empathy: Neuroaffective Development in Children's Groups. Edited by Susan Hart, $40.95

Interoception: the Eighth Sensory System. Kelly Mahler, $35.995

Also available: The Comprehensive Assessment for Interoceptive Awareness. Kelly Mahler, $35.75

LEGO®-Based Therapy: How to Build Social Competence through LEGO®-Based Clubs for Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Daniel LeGoff, Gina Gómez de la Cuesta, GW Krauss & Simon Baron-Cohen, $29.95

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

Make Social Learning Stick! How to Guide and Nurture Social Competence through Everyday Routines and Activities. Elizabeth Sautter, $36.95

Making Sense of Social Situations: How to Run a Group-Based Intervention Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Albert Cotungo, $39.95

Movie Time Social Learning. Anna Vagin, $42.95

Music Therapy Social Skills Assessment and Documentation Manual (MTSSA): Clinical Guidelines for Group Work with Children and Adolescents. Jenni Rook, Rebecca West, Jeffrey Wolfe, Pan Ho, Alana Dennis, Yayoi Nakai-Hosoe & Kimberly Peyton, $71.95

New Social Story Book, Revised and Expanded 15th Anniversary Edition. Carol Gray, $52.95 (includes CD-ROM)

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

PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $88.10

Plan for People Play. Fern Sussman & Elaine Weitzman, $16.00

Plausible Answers to the Question: "Why Do They Do That?" Glenda Fuge & Paul Pitner, $40.50

Play and Friendship in Inclusive Autism Education: Supporting Learning and Development. Carmel Conn, $62.90

Play & Imagination in Children with Autism, 2nd Edition. Pamela Wolfberg, $40.50

Practical Social Skills for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Designing Child-Specific interventions. Kathleen Koenig, $35.00

Promoting Social Interaction for Individuals with Communicative Impairments. Edited by M. Suzanne Zeedyk, $35.95

Prosody Intervention for High-Functioning Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Enhancing Communication and Social Engagement through Voice, Rhythm, and Pitch. Michelle Dunn & Larry Harris, $39.95

Put Pretending into Your Child’s Play: Building Pretend Play for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Communication Difficulties. Elaine Weitzman & Lisa Drake, $16.00

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Set for Success: Activities for Teaching Emotional, Social and Organizational Skills. Josie Santomauro & Margaret Anne Carter, $43.95

Skillstreaming Children and Youth with High-Functioning Autism: a Guide for Teaching Pro-Social Skills. Ellen McGinnis & Richard Simpson, $71.95

The Social Play Record: a Toolkit for Assessing and Developing Social Play from Infancy to Adolescence. Chris White, $59.95

Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Peter Gerhardt & Daniel Crimmins, $48.50

Social Skills, Emotional Growth and Drama Therapy: Inspiring Connection on the Autism Spectrum. Lee Chasen, $43.95

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

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