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Asperger Meets Girl: Happy Endings for Asperger Boys. Jonathan Griffiths, $22.95

Men with Asperger's Syndrome, young and old, experience difficulty with social interaction, which can be a stumbling block when it comes to getting a girlfriend. Here is a book that demystifies the enigma of 'relationships' by explaining everything in Asperger-friendly terms (some of them mathematical, naturally).

Serious, and seriously funny, this book will help bring happy endings to Asperger boys and make them laugh in the process.


Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Long-Term Relationships, Fully Revised and Updated with DSM-5® Criteria, 2nd Edition. Ashley Stanford, $25.95

Happily married to her husband with Asperger Syndrome for 25 years, Ashley Stanford is an expert on how Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can affect a relationship and her bestselling book has helped thousands of couples. Brought fully up to date, this second edition clarifies the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and explains how, without a solid awareness of the condition, ASD behaviors can easily be misinterpreted. Stanford's book provides a wealth of strategies for living with the more uncompromising aspects of ASD, pointing out that ASD also brings enormous strengths to a relationship. It shows how understanding the intentions, motivations and reasoning behind ASD behaviors can lead to better communication, relief of tension, and ultimately to a happier, more mutually fulfilling relationship.


Asperger Syndrome & Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome. Genevieve Edmonds & Luke Beardon, editors, $19.95

Social interaction among neurotypical people is complex and in many ways illogical. To the person with Asperger Syndrome (AS) it is also woefully unintuitive. In this book, adults with AS discuss social relationships, offer advice and support for others with AS and provide necessary insights into AS perspectives for those working and interacting with them.

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The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: the Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Jennifer Cook O’Toole, $27.95

Being a teen or tween isn't easy for anyone but it can be especially tough for Asperkids. Jennifer O'Toole knows; she was one! This book is a top secret guide to all of the hidden social rules in life that often seem strange and confusing to young people with Asperger syndrome.

THE ASPERKID'S (SECRET) BOOK OF SOCIAL RULES offers witty and wise insights into baffling social codes such as making and keeping friends, blending in versus standing out from the crowd, and common conversation pitfalls. Chock full of illustrations, logical explanations, and comic strip practice sessions, this is the handbook that every adult Aspie wishes they'd had growing up. This book provides inside information on over thirty social rules in bite-sized chunks that older children will enjoy, understand, and most importantly use daily to navigate the mysterious world around them.


Autism: What Does It Mean to Me? : A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s. Catherine Faherty, $44.95

This is a book that will never become irrelevant or "outdated." Every child or teen who uses it also becomes its co-author. Each chapter is divided in two parts: the first part — the Workbook — is for the child to complete, by writing or highlighting "What is True for Me" in lists of simple statements. The second part contains helpful tips and information for the adults helping with the exercises.

The book will provide insight into your child's mind, and make him/her more self aware, learning what autism means in relation to crucial areas of his/her life: friendships, fears, abilities, and much more. This new edition to a favorite resource includes expanded chapters, plus a new chapter on happiness. It offers children and youth with autism and Asperger's syndrome an opportunity to understand themselves in a positive and encouraging way.

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Brain (Foam Rubber). $5.95

Squeezing these small, blue foam rubber brains encourages kids to think more flexibly and abstractly about the size of their problems and the choices they are making. Used in lessons that encourage flexible thinking, including those in the Superflex comics and Thinking about YOU Thinking about ME, the brains offer a fun way to think about their social thinking and related skills. "Social Thinking is Flexible Thinking" is inscribed on the brains to reinforce learning.


Conversation Skills On the Job and In the Community: a Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Marilyn Banks, $71.95

Conversation Skills II: Extending Conversations — a Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Marilyn Banks, $71.95

Workers with developmental disabilities often lose jobs and experience other social problems because of poor conversation skills and subsequent isolation. Conversation Skills and Conversations Skils II, by speech and language therapist Dr. Marilyn Banks, cover the basic and essential communication skills that will help young people enjoy successful job experiences and more fulfilling and independent social lives.

Each book has more than 50 self-paced, self-managed lessons, and take only 12 weeks of bi-weekly, 10 minute training sessions during which students acquire a ready social repertoire. All materials in the books are reproducible. The books include a Win/Mac CD with a printable PDF containing all the reproducibles in the book.

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Decoding Dating: a Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). John Miller, $25.95

The rules of dating are a conundrum for many men, but for men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) who often have difficulty understanding social communication, they can be almost indecipherable. This book methodically breaks down the steps of dating giving advice on the best places to meet women — whether on or offline, getting ready for the big date, where to go and what to talk about, and how to tell if a second date is on the cards. Written for those with little or no prior experience on the dating scene, the book discusses how to know if you are ready for a relationship, what qualities to look for in a potential girlfriend, and if dating goes well how to make a relationship work.


Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: the BASICS College Curriculum. Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford & Emily Quinn, $39.95

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.


Diary of a Social Detective: Real-Life Tales of Mystery, Intrigue and Interpersonal Adventure. Jeffrey Jessum, $27.50

In the proud tradition of super-sleuths everywhere, Johnny excels at solving the mysteries of the social world. Follow along with these clever stories and help him figure out the clues!

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Exploring Bullying with Adults with Asperger Syndrome: a Photocopiable Workbook. Anna Tickle & Bettina Stott, $52.95

Bullying is a serious and pervasive issue for people with autism and Asperger Syndrome. This photocopiable workbook encourages adults who have been involved with bullying — as victims or perpetrators — to explore what bullying is, the effects it can have and how it can be tackled successfully.

The book comprises a general introduction to bullying, followed by sections that examine the issue from the perspectives of victim and perpetrator. It also recognizes that while people on the spectrum are all too often bullied for being 'different', character traits such as difficulty with empathy mean they may unintentionally bully others.

This practical book can be worked through independently or with any of the wide range of professionals involved in supporting an adult with autism or Asperger Syndrome and other learning disabilities, to reach a new level of understanding about bullying.


A '5' Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries Straight Up: an Honest Guide for Teens and Young Adults. Kari Dunn Buron, $27.95

Building on her popular 5-Point Scale, Kari Dunn Buron takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries. The notion behind the 5-point scale is to take an idea or behavior and break it into five parts to make it easier to understand the different degrees of behavior and, eventually, the consequences of one's behavior. Using a direct and simple style with lots of examples and hands-on activities, A '5' Is Against the Law speaks directly to adolescents and young adults.


From Isolation to Intimacy: Making Friends without Words. Phoebe Caldwell, $24.95

If you have no language, how can you make yourself understood, let alone make friends? Phoebe Caldwell has worked for many years with people with severe intellectual disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder who are non-verbal, and whose inability to communicate has led to unhappy and often violent behaviour. In this new book she explores the nature of close relationships, and shows how these are based not so much on words as on the ability to listen, pay attention, and respond in terms that are familiar to the other person. Her simple methods are accessible to anyone who lives or works with such people, and can transform lives and introduce a sense of fun, participation and of intimacy, as trust and familiarity are established.

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Getting the Picture: Inference and Narrative Skills for Young People with Communication Difficulties. David Nash, Illustrated by Oliver Allchin, $35.95

Young people with communication difficulties often struggle in social situations. Without adequate inference, narrative and sequencing skills, correctly interpreting and responding to other people can be a real challenge. This fully photocopiable resource has been designed to improve these skills in the way this population can often learn best — visually. This book is brimming with thought-provoking illustrations of different people in different places, all of which are accompanied by a series of questions designed to encourage prediction and inference skills.

This book will be a valuable tool for speech and language therapists/pathologists, occupational therapists, special educators, parents and anybody else looking to help young people with communication difficulties to understand and connect with the world around them.


Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough: a Guidebook for Anyone Who Feels Socially Out of Step with Others. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $36.95

This 200+ page book is a primer about the social mind in the workplace, but the concepts and strategies are equally applicable in all areas of life. It’s largely based on the authors’ years of clinical experience working with adults who struggle socially, but may or may not identify their problems with a specific diagnosis. Many are highly intelligent and skilled employees who find it difficult to decipher the often nuanced social underpinnings that are part of daily life, on or off the job. Adults with social learning challenges often need information about social emotional relationships broken down and explained in a way that can help them build skills and understanding, one step at a time. This book does just that — it is a constructive and detailed guide to help adults learn how to do the “social dance” in order to build stronger relationships at work and beyond. Remember, good intentions aren’t good enough! Attempting to interpret others’ thoughts and emotions is as much a part of the workday as is doing our actual jobs. By learning to think socially we can change our behavior to directly affect how we are perceived and treated.

Although the content is geared to the adult with social emotional challenges, this is a great source of information for people working in HR departments to better understand social challenges and how to guide and coach employees with these challenges.

Note: Previously published as Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care? our new incarnation of the book is a title and cover change only. Content inside the book is the same.

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The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $28.50

In the revised and expanded edition of this popular book, the authors narrow their target to issues common to adolescents and young adults. While many of the features of the original book have been maintained, information on evidence-based practice has been added. Further, a series of instructional strategies are provided that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aids include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective.


The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment, a Guide for Individuals with Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges. Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow & Malcom Mayfield, $27.95

Adults on the spectrum often have difficulty getting and keeping a job that is unrelated to their job skills. This practical and easy-to-use book provides necessary yet often untaught information on a variety of topics related to getting a job, finding a mentor, networking, using agencies, interviewing, talking with supervisors, dealing with on-the-job-frustrations, understanding the social rules at work and many other topics.


How to Start, Carry On and End Conversations: Scripts for Social Situations for People On the Autism Spectrum. Paul Jordan, $17.95

Do you find it hard to make friends? Do you struggle to know what to say to start a conversation? In this book, Paul Jordan, who is on the autism spectrum, explains how to make sense of everyday social situations you might encounter at school, university or in other group settings. He reveals how, with the use of just 65 simple words, it is possible to create 'scripts for thinking' that break conversations down into small chunks and help you to think of what to say, whether you are speaking to a fellow student, starting a conversation with a new friend, calling out bullies or answering a teacher's question. These small words will be a big help for all teenagers and young people with ASD.

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How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Don Gabor, $22.00

Break through the shyness barrier, be a better speaker, meet more people and make new friends. How to Start a Conversation shows you how communicate with confidence, wit and enthusiasm in person or on the phone, one-on-one or in groups.


Learning the Hidden Curriculum: the Odyssey of One Autistic Adult. Judy Endow, $23.50

Drawing from her personal experiences, Judy Endow provides lots of hidden curriculum items that pertain to most areas of adult life. In relating how she personally has learned to more successfully maneuver social interactions, she also presents a framework for developing the ability to more quickly assess a situation and take steps to avoid making social blunders before they have been committed. A sampling of strategies includes Pause and Match, Laugh Along, Recognize and Expand Black-and-White Thinking, and It Is Not Necessary to Report All My Truths. Judy's framework enables readers to learn to create their own social "rules" and, as a result, live freer, more successful lives.


Learning Social Skills: a Conversation Workbook. Do2Learn, $35.95

Conversations involve complex sets of rules. This workbook for teens and young adults explains some of the more basic ones so that other people can better understand your actions and your needs. The workbook gives you visual guides and blank pages you can fill in, to practice conversation tips with others.

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Mike’s Crush: Teaching Relationship Skills to Adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s, or Intellectual Disabilities. Nancy Nowell, $35.95 (ages 11 and up)

Young people in middle and high school need to be able to negotiate a wide range of relationships by the time they graduate, without these skills they can struggle in the workplace and have difficulty making new friends. Many parents of children with ASD or intellectual disabilities are worried about loneliness, romantic relationships, puberty, sexual abuse, and sexual behavior that can cause serious problems or may be illegal; and there are good reasons for them to worry about these issues.

MIKE’S CRUSH teaches teens what to do when they have a crush; what behaviors can get them in trouble; and how to recognize when someone is not interested in them. These fun and interactive lessons and videos were specifically designed to help parents and caregivers teach middle and high school relationship skills that will serve them throughout adolescence and adulthood.

Mike’s Crush: Understanding High School Relationships. Nancy Nowell, $205.95

Some adolescents and adults with ASD or intellectual disabilities struggle with loneliness, starting and maintaining friendships, and romantic relationships because they have not developed good people skills.They have a difficult time carrying on a conversation, do not ask questions and learn about others, and don’t listen well. This affects their ability to make friends, have a boy / girlfriend and/or get along at work. Others have more serious problems such as: victimization, post traumatic stress disorder, problematic sexual behavior and sex offending behavior.

Teaching adolescents about intimate and romantic relationships is complex but necessary to keep them safe from sexual abuse or contact with the criminal justice system because of a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge. MIKE’S CRUSH teaches essential adolescent romantic relationship skills to students with autism, Asperger’s, and intellectual disabilities.

These materials teach healthy relationship skills to middle and high school students. The goal of the school curricula and relationship classes is to provide adolescents and adults a safe place to learn new information, watch DVD’s demonstrating healthy and unhealthy relationships, and practice the new skills that are being learned.

  • Models the difference between a crush and stalking behavior
  • Practices safe relationship skills using role play and video self modeling
  • Explores many unspoken high school relationship rules
  • Boundaries — Teaching physical, emotional, informational, and relationship boundaries
  • Appearance Matters — grooming and taking care of your body
  • Sexual Abuse Risk Reduction / Abusive relationships
  • Rules and Laws — What happens if you break rules and laws
  • Relationship communication skills / how to get to know someone
  • Decision-making / being in a healthy relationship

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The Model Me Kids Video Series for Modeling Social Skills DVDs

THE MODEL ME KIDS VIDEO SERIES FOR MODELING SOCIAL SKILLS was created for children and youth with autism, Asperger syndrome, nonverbal learning disorders, social anxiety, learning disabilities and other developmental delays. The DVDs demonstrate a wide variety of social skills and are great teaching tools for visual learners.

MODEL ME KIDS TEACHING MANUALS AND STUDENT WORKBOOKS complement the video modeling DVDs and help extend the lessons taught in the live-action DVDs. These resources help teach social skills at home, in a classroom, social skills group, or other teaching setting. The Teaching Manual comes complete with lesson plans and the Student Workbook has numerous social skills worksheets and activities. Sold separately from the DVDs.

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Model Me Kids® Autism Training Workshops

Model Me Kids® now offers professional training workshops. Schedule an in-service workshop for your school, designed to teach staff how to implement social skills training for children with autism using video modeling. For more information, or to schedule a training workshop, please contact: info@modelmekids.com

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Model Me Interactive™: Practicing Conversation CD-ROM, $71.95 (Ages 7-13)

MODEL ME INTERACTIVE™: PRACTICING CONVERSATION combines video modeling teaching tools with the interactive capability of software. First, video models a conversation between children. Then, the student practices the conversation using a webcam. The practice conversation is recorded and a feedback area allows teachers to comment on and grade a student's recordings.

The interactive conversation can be prompted with text or this feature may be turned off once the user becomes familiar with the lines. The text prompts may be changed by the user for an endless number of possible responses to the conversation prompts. The software is intuitive and easy to use. Clear text buttons allow for navigation by young users.

Ages 15 to 21:

Model Me Job Skills. Watch as young adults model social skills helpful for gaining and maintaining employment — from interviews and greetings, to understanding rules and workplace expectations. The DVD comes with bonus software that combines video modeling teaching tools with the interactive capability of software, allowing a student to practice a conversation using a webcam. DVD, $48.95 (80 minutes)

Ages 9 to 17:

Model Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention. Modelling skills to prevent bullying and build self-esteem. DVD, $42.95 (63 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Conversation Cues. Modelling conversation skills. DVD, $40.95 (68 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Friendship. Modelling how to initiate and maintain friendships. DVD, $42.95 (75 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Movement, Balance & Calming. Movement activities developed by an Occupational Therapist to improve balance, increase core strength, and promote self-calming.  DVD, $42.95 (60 minutes)

Model Me Organization & Motivation. Modelling skills for staying organized and persisting. DVD, $45.00 (63 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Tips and Tricks. Demonstrating social skills tips and tricks. DVD, $42.95 (67 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Yoga demonstrates yoga activities that promote the social and emotional development of children ages 7-17. Developed to help address challenges with attention, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social skills, self-regulation, learning, and low muscle tone, this DVD can be used in classrooms, camps, and other group settings as well as in-home.  DVD, $42.95 (153 minutes)

Ages 5 to 12:

Model Me I Can Do It! Presents social skills in the context of challenging circumstances. It features elementary school-aged children demonstrating appropriate behavior in a variety of difficult situations. DVD, $42.95 (53 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $104.95; 5 Student Workbooks $104.95

Model Me Time for a Playdate. Presents social skills in the context of several playmates. It features elementary school-aged children demonstrating appropriate social skills on a playdate. DVD, $40.95 (67 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Time for School. Presents social skills in the context of school. It features elementary school-aged children demonstrating appropriate social skills in the classroom, library, on the playground, and in the hallway. DVD, $40.95 (61 minutes); Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Ages 3 to 14:

Model Me Airplane. Presents the essential elements of air travel. Follow Owen as he goes through the airport, security, and boarding. Then join him on the plane as he listens to the flight attendant, buckles his seatbelt, and enjoys the plane ride. DVD, $35.95 (50 minutes)

Ages 2 to 8:

Model Me Faces and Emotions. Watch as young children demonstrate a wide range of faces and emotions. This is a great teaching tool for visual learners. DVD, $35.95 (27 minutes)

Model Me Going Places. Models appropriate behavior in community locations including the hairdresser, grocery store, dentist, doctor, mall, and more. DVD, $35.95 (42 minutes)

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Model Me Training: Practical Strategies for Using Video Modeling for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism. Elizabeth Delsandro & Jennifer Cerbasi, $40.95 (2 DVD set)

This workshop examines video modeling as an evidence-based method of improving social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Children with ASD often have social skills deficits that interfere with success. Video modeling has been found to be an efficient and effective method of teaching social skills to children with ASD. This DVD workshop addresses how to implement a video modeling program, pairing video modeling with other social skills training approaches, and strategies for generalization of skills.

This recorded video of our live professional training workshop is for teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, speech language pathologists, and Autism service providers. Run Time: DVD 1 approx. 83 minutes, DVD 2 approx. 64 minutes


PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $83.90

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.


The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Laugeson, $79.70

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.


Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome. Jed Baker, $45.50

The author of the best-selling Social Skills Picture Book now speaks to the growing challenge of social skills in young, and-not-so-young, adults with autism/Asperger's Syndrome. Often the barrier to success, the lack of social skills can be frustrating and a very real challenge. This easy-to-follow resource provides a complete toolbox of skills that can open doors to opportunities. Includes sections on perspective taking, non-verbal communication, conversational skills, goal setting, and stress management.

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The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults. Elizabeth Laugeson, $30.95 (includes DVD)

This book is based on UCLA's acclaimed PEERS program, a research-based approach to helping adolescents and young adults with autism make and keep friends. This step-by-step guide helps parents, educators, and others to provide "social coaching" to teens and young adults on the spectrum.

The book includes concrete rules and steps of social etiquette identified through research. Parents can use the book to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities (including dating), identifying strategies for handling peer rejection, and developing and enhancing friendships. Lessons are taught using didactic teaching narratives, followed by key rules and steps. The book features a bonus DVD with video demonstrations of the skills taught and a mobile application that helps teens and young adults use the strategies in real-world situations.


Should I or Shouldn't I? A Game to Encourage Social Thinking and Social Problem Solving! Dominique Baudry, $34.95 (Middle & High School Edition)

This adaptable game encourages players to think about their own behavior choices and then compare how their perceptions match (or don’t) those of the other players. It revolves around the idea of perspective taking - being able to think about others, their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how this interrelationship plays out in social situations. The game is based on the Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary introduced by Michelle Garcia Winner and outlined in her many books and articles on the topic.


Should I or Shouldn't I? Middle & High School Edition Expansion Pack. Dominique Baudry, $24.50

Double your playing fun with the Should I or Shouldn't I? Expansion Packs! This product is an add-on to the original Should I or Shouldn’t I™ games. In the game, players ages rate a behavior in a particular context on a scale based on whether the behavior was expected or not, and then compare how their perceptions match (or don’t) to those of the other players. Teachers, clinicians, and families have been playing this game so often that they've gone through all the playing cards and have been asking for more. Well — we listened!

The expansion pack includes 300 new situations that cover various age-related topics encountered at school, home, and in the community. Add the new cards to your existing game decks or use them on their own to prompt deep discussion and learning on perspective taking, self-awareness, and executive functioning.

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60 Social Situations & Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More. Matt Winter, $31.95

Teenagers and older children on the autism spectrum are, like everyone else, surrounded by complex social codes and rules that govern everyday interaction, but have much more difficulty in interpreting them. This book of realistic and thought-provoking stories provides much needed help.

Written with both parent and teen in mind, every story outlines a real-life situation that young people on the autism spectrum are likely to encounter. Each story is followed by questions such as 'what else might he have done?', 'how do you think she felt?' and 'why do you think they were upset?' along with practical tips for parents on how to initiate constructive discussions. As teens consider these questions with adults, they will begin to be able to put themselves into someone else's shoes and think about how their actions and behaviour may affect those around them. This process will equip them to transfer this invaluable understanding and confidence to other everyday life situations.


Social Behavior and Self-Management: 5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults. Kari Dunn Buron, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Mitzi Curtis & Lisa King, $27.95

Building on the success of the INCREDIBLE 5-POINT SCALE, by Buron and Curtis, this book also uses scales as a way of explaining social and emotional concepts to individuals who have difficulty understanding such information but have a relative strength in understanding systems. The 5-point scales can be used to increase communication between the person on the spectrum and their support person. It can increase self-management skills and, once learned, it can serve as an excelled self-advocacy tool. As such, it is invaluable at school, on the job and in the community.


Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. John Merges, $26.95

John Merges' simple yet effective program for teaching social enjoyment skills is based on the concept that there are ten hurdles that make it challenging for people with ASD to enjoy social interaction. This book guides the reader through planning, running, and assessing group sessions that have been designed to help participants overcome these hurdles, interact with confidence, and ultimately enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives. As social interaction is a vital element of any work environment, this book also teaches young adults with ASD an important employment skill.

This adaptable book can be used with a wide range of ages and communicative abilities, and will be an invaluable resource for all professionals working with groups of children and young people with ASD.

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Social Fortune or Social Fate: a Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pam Crooke, $34.95

Utilizing the graphic novel with anime illustrations concept to capture the attention of teens, we have developed this book to teach the core concepts related to Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Behavior Mapping (SBM). The core of the book consists of 10 social scenarios, each one scenario is played out through the lens of Social Fortune or Social Fate by demonstrating visually how a situation can change quickly based on how someone reacts within it. Every scenario begins with a mini-story told through a four pictured comic strip which then leads the protagonist to a decision making point. If the decision made leads to others feeling good and ultimately the character feeling good about him or herself, this will be represented as “social fortune.”  However, if the protagonist makes a decision that traps him/her and peers/adults in an uncomfortable or frustrating situation, this leads to “social fate.”

This book is unique in its layout and format. The first cover depicts the Social Fortune side of the book; but when the reader turns the book over, the back side of the cover appears up-side down. This is the Social Fate side — a playful way to point out two different points of view.  


The Social and Life Skills MeNu. Karra Barber, $52.95

During adolescence social development and social status among peers is of crucial importance. For teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) social interaction does not come naturally and often needs to be carefully learned. This workbook provides guided strategies to help those with ASD engage and connect with other people at home, school, work, social gatherings and in the community. By practicing these easy techniques students can improve self-awareness, increase self-confidence and build on their daily life skills.

This book will be a life-changing tool for all teenagers and young adults with social cognitive disorders, as well as their parents and the teachers and other professionals who work with them.

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Social Literacy: a Social Skills Seminar for Young Adults with ASDs, NLDs, and Social Anxiety. Mary Riggs Cohen, $54.95

All adults need strong social skills to find and keep a job, establish relationships, and participate fully in adult life — but building these skills can be a special challenge for people with autism, Asperger syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder, social anxiety, and other disorders affecting social learning.

With Social Literacy, professionals will have everything they need to conduct a full 12 weeks of lessons. This book-and-CD set includes practical guidance on establishing a social learning course, strategies for recruiting and training social coaches, photocopiable handouts, and exercises that help participants understand and practice social skills, and a CD-ROM with more than 100 PowerPoint slides for instructional use. A highly effective way to teach critical social skills to high-functioning adults, this proven curriculum will prepare participants to successfully navigate the joys and challenges of adult life.


Social Skills Comics for Teens: Real Teens Show How to Behave in Real Social Situations. Elizabeth Bennett, $42.95

This book is packed with comics designed to show teenagers the expected ways to behave in a variety of social situations. Each scenario is depicted in with both inappropriate and appropriate behaviors including body language and other non-verbal cues. Interactive activities encourage teens to apply these skills to their own lives.


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.

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Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: a Practical Guide to Day-to-Day Life. Nancy Patrick, $24.95

This resource provides practical strategies for helping teenagers and adults with Asperger Syndrome to navigate social skills, friendships and relationships at home and in the community.


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 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.

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Social Skills Training and Frustration Management: DVD. Jed Baker, $121.95 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

The Social Success Workbook for Teens: Skill-Building Activities for Teens with Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder & Other Social-Skill Problems. Barbara Cooper & Nancy Widdows, $20.95

This engaging workbook includes forty activities to help teens recognize and use their strengths to overcome social skills deficits related to Asperger's disorder or nonverbal learning disorder. Developed especially for teens, the activities in this workbook teach how to learn to read social cues, understand emotions, avoid meltdowns, and more.

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Social Thinking THINKSHEETS for Tweens and Teens: Learning to Read in Between the Social Lines. Michelle Garcia Winner, $48.95

Social Thinking Worksheets for Tweens and Teens, has a new name: Social Thinking Thinksheets for Tweens and Teens. It’s 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 students’ 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.


Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95

This book is a “get real” discussion about what really goes on inside the mind of people as we share space together. From discussing the “ins and outs” of what it means to be a “Social Thinker” to figuring out texting, dating, the many different levels of friendship and the many and varied emotions we experience as we relate to others, the authors describe the “real world” of being with other people.


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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Taking Care of Myself2: for Teenagers & Young People with ASD. Mary Wrobel, $33.95

Taking Care of Myself2 is written specifically for teenagers and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). It is an instructional book to be used by parents, instructors, therapists, and individuals on the autism spectrum. Most of the information is written concisely, however, simple how-to lists are included. This book is great to use in an instructional setting, especially for those individuals who are familiar with that type of format. Teenagers and young adults with ASD typically want what everyone in their age group wants. Being able to fit in, being as independent as possible, and developing relationships, including friendships, as well as loving, intimate relationships, are important to individuals with ASD.

Fitting in involves looking and acting appropriately, typical of their age peers and feeling comfortable in public and social situations. Topics such as, dressing for different events, feeling anxious in social situations, and public versus private behaviors are included in this book. Being independent means understanding and managing their health and personal safety, to the best of their ability. This includes important topics such as staying healthy, anxiety, depression, feeling suicidal, social media, sexual harassment and even rape.

Forming relationships, especially intimate relationships are of special interest to teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. Several topics such as, developing a variety of relationships, as well as sex and sexual relationships are covered in this book. Other topics include: finding and keeping friends, finding a boyfriend or girlfriend, how do we define sex, safe and responsible sex, deciding to have sex with a partner, and sex is a choice.


Thinksheets for Teaching Social Thinking® and Related Skills. Michelle Garcia Winner, $49.50 (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.

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Complete Booklist

Resources for Working with Teens & Adults

Asperger Meets Girl: Happy Endings for Asperger Boys. Jonathan Griffiths, $22.95

Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and Long-Term Relationships, Fully Revised and Updated with DSM-5® Criteria, 2nd Edition. Ashley Stanford, $25.95

Asperger Syndrome & Social Relationships: Adults Speak Out about Asperger Syndrome. Genevieve Edmonds & Luke Beardon, editors, $23.95

Aspergers in Love. Maxine Aston, $29.95

The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules: the Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger Syndrome. Jennifer Cook O’Toole, $27.95

Autism/Asperger's: Solving the Relationship Puzzle: a New Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social & Emotional Growth. Steven Gutstein, $39.50

Autism: What Does It Mean to Me? : A Workbook Explaining Self Awareness and Life Lessons to the Child or Youth with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s. Catherine Faherty, $44.95

Being Bullied: Strategies and Solutions for People with Asperger's Syndrome. Nick Dubin, $46.95 DVD

Brain (Foam Rubber). $5.95

Conversation Skills On the Job and In the Community: a Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Marilyn Banks, $71.95

Conversation Skills II: Extending Conversations — a Curriculum for Adolescents and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Marilyn Banks, $71.95

Decoding Dating: a Guide to the Unwritten Social Rules of Dating for Men with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). John Miller, $25.95

Developing Identity, Strengths, and Self-Perception for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: the BASICS College Curriculum. Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford & Emily Quinn, $39.95

Diary of a Social Detective: Real-Life Tales of Mystery, Intrigue and Interpersonal Adventure. Jeffrey Jessum, $27.50

Exploring Bullying with Adults with Asperger Syndrome: a Photocopiable Workbook. Anna Tickle & Bettina Stott, $52.95

Face Cards for Emotional Awareness: 119 Activities for Understanding Yourself and Others, Grades 6-12. Tad Vogl, $38.95 (includes deck of 54 cards and facilitator's manual); Face Cards for Emotional Awareness. Tad Vogl, $18.95 (cards only)

A '5' Is Against the Law! Social Boundaries—Straight Up! An Honest Guide for Teens and Young Adults. Kari Dunn Buron, $27.95

Friendships: the Aspie Way. Wendy Lawson, $24.95

From Isolation to Intimacy: Making Friends without Words. Phoebe Caldwell, $24.95

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Getting the Picture: Inference and Narrative Skills for Young People with Communication Difficulties. David Nash, Illustrated by Oliver Allchin, $35.95

Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough: a Guidebook for Anyone Who Feels Socially Out of Step with Others. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $36.95

The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman & Ronda Schelvan, $28.50

The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment, a Guide for Individuals with Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges. Brenda Smith Myles, Judy Endow & Malcom Mayfield, $27.95

How to Start, Carry On and End Conversations: Scripts for Social Situations for People On the Autism Spectrum. Paul Jordan, $17.95

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Don Gabor, $22.00

Learning the Hidden Curriculum: the Odyssey of One Autistic Adult. Judy Endow, $23.50

Learning Social Skills: a Conversation Workbook. Do2Learn, $35.95

Mike’s Crush: Teaching Relationship Skills to Adolescents with Autism, Asperger’s, or Intellectual Disabilities. Nancy Nowell, $35.95 (ages 11 and up)

Mike’s Crush: Understanding High School Relationships. Nancy Nowell, $205.95

Model Me Airplane. DVD, $35.95 (Ages 3-14)

Model Me Confidence & Bullying Prevention. DVD, $42.95 (Ages 9-17)
Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Conversation Cues DVD, $40.95 (Ages 9-17)
Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Friendship DVD, $42.95 (Ages 9-17)
Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Interactive Practicing Conversation CD-ROM, $71.95 (Ages 7-13)

Model Me Job Skills. DVD, $48.95 (Ages 15-21)

Model Me Movement DVD, $42.95 (Ages 9-17)

Model Me Organization & Motivation DVD, $45.00 (Ages 9-17)
Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Tips and Tricks DVD, $42.95 (Ages 9-17)
Teaching Manual and Student Workbook Set, $72.95; Teaching Manual & 4 Student Workbooks $102.95; 5 Student Workbooks $102.95

Model Me Training: Practical Strategies for Using Video Modeling for Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism. Elizabeth Delsandro & Jennifer Cerbasi, $40.95 (2 DVD set)

Model Me Yoga DVD, $42.95 (Ages 9-17; 153 minutes)

PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $83.90

The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Laugeson, $79.70

Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for those with Autism/Asperger's Syndrome. Jed Baker, $45.50

The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults. Elizabeth Laugeson, $30.95 (includes DVD)

Should I or Shouldn't I? A Game to Encourage Social Thinking and Social Problem Solving! Dominique Baudry, $34.95 (Middle & High School Edition)

Should I or Shouldn't I? Middle & High School Edition Expansion Pack. Dominique Baudry, $24.50

60 Social Situations & Discussion Starters to Help Teens on the Autism Spectrum Deal with Friendships, Feelings, Conflict and More. Matt Winter, $31.95

Social Behavior and Self-Management: 5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults. Kari Dunn Buron, Jane Thierfeld Brown, Mitzi Curtis & Lisa King, $27.95

Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. John Merges, $26.95

Social Fortune or Social Fate: a Social Thinking Graphic Novel Map for Social Quest Seekers. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pam Crooke, $34.95

The Social and Life Skills MeNu. Karra Barber, $52.95

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Social Literacy: a Social Skills Seminar for Young Adults with ASDs, NLDs, and Social Anxiety. Mary Riggs Cohen, $54.95

Social Skills Comics for Teens: Real Teens Show How to Behave in Real Social Situations. Elizabeth Bennett, $42.95

Social Skills for Teenagers and Adults with Asperger Syndrome: a Practical Guide to Day-to-Day Life. Nancy Patrick, $24.95

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

Social Skills Groups for Children and Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome: a Step-by-Step Program. Kim Kiker Painter, $56.95

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

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

Social Skills Training and Frustration Management: DVD. Jed Baker, $121.95 DVD format, 4.5 hours

Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems. Jed Baker, $52.95

The Social Success Workbook for Teens: Skill-Building Activities for Teens with Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger's Disorder & Other Social-Skill Problems. Barbara Cooper & Nancy Widdows, $20.95

Social Thinking THINKSHEETS for Tweens and Teens: Learning to Read in Between the Social Lines. Michelle Garcia Winner, $48.95

Socially Curious and Curiously Social: a Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults. Michelle Garcia Winner & Pamela Crooke, $34.95

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

Taking Care of Myself2: for Teenagers & Young People with ASD. Mary Wrobel, $33.95

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

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