Structured Learning

All learning can be structured. This category represents an approach to social skills instruction that uses a system of skills/strategies with the approach that by teaching students a variety of skills, they will be able to interact in a variety of ways. Many of the resources below contain activity plans, instructional methods and other supports for developing good instructional programs.
A quest for social skills for students with autism or asperger’s : ready-to-use lessons with games, role-play activities, and more Cumpata, JoEllen.

Call Number: 371.92 Cumpata
ISBN: 1935274112
Pub. Info: Arlington, Tex. : Future Horizons, Inc., c2010.

Notes: With inclusive education becoming the norm in schools nationwide, teachers often struggle to address students’ non-academic needs–but teachers need ready-to-use lessons that won’t interfere with their curriculum. —
Developed by a school social worker and speech language pathologist, the program uses an intensive, proactive approach to teaching social skills, combining written instruction with games, activities, and student interaction. —
Six helpful units–School Survival Basics, Understanding and Managing Emotion, Communication Skills, Making Friends and Interacting with Peers, Personal Safety, Vocational Readiness–can be implemented either chronologically or on their own. —
Evidence-based research supports the methods used and students have a great time learning-by-doing, through role-play and real-world experience. Parents are kept in the loop with email updates and evaluations. Everyone wins with this program! –Book Jacket

Social skills training for children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome and social-communication problems Baker, Jed E.

616.8 982 Baker
ISBN: 9781931282208
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, Kansas : Autism Asperger Pub., c2003.
Notes: “Whether it’s learning how long one can look at somebody; how to shift topics, despite one’s desire to stick with that all-consuming special interest; how to say no to peer pressure; or dealing with sensitive topic Ð it’s all here Ð and more. In this comprehensive and user-friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. After brief introductory chapters on skills to target, instructional strategies, behavior management, promoting generalization, etc., as well as a special chapter by Brenda Smith Myles on relevant characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, the reader is presented with the essence of this must-have resource: 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. A concluding chapter on promoting peer acceptance offers sensitivity training programs for both students of various age groups and school staff, making this a complete social skills training package for students of all ages.”–Publisher’s website.

Building social relationships : a systematic approach to teaching social skills to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and other social difficulties Bellini, Scott
Call Number: 618.928588 Bellin
ISBN: 9781931282949
Pub. Info: Shawnee Mission, KS : Austism Aspergers Publishing Company, c2006.

Social skills activities for secondary students with special needs Mannix, Darlene.

Call Number: 362.1968 Mannix
ISBN: 0470259361 (pbk.)
Pub. Info: San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2009.
Target Audience: For use with grades 6-12.

Notes: “200 ready-to-use lessons and worksheets to help students learn social skills for home, school, work, and the community.” – On cover.