Teaching Students With Classic Autism Functional Social Skills in Natural Settings
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.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Susan J. Sheridan,
EdD, has more than 40 years of experience in education, specializing in autism and intellectual disabilities. She has taught students with special needs of all ages, in addition to teaching at the university level. Having served as the special education consultant for the Harris County Department of Education for 19 years and worked in private consulting for 16 years, Sue works with school districts across Texas and consults in Saudi Arabia for the Center for Autism Research at the King Faisal Specialist Research Hospital in Riyadh. She and Deborah Bahme conducted social skills groups together for over 12 years. She continues to work with a group of young adults in Houston on an ongoing basis. Sue's special interests include functional assessment and social skills development.
Deborah E. Bahme,
MEd, has worked with students with special needs as an educator and private consultant in school districts across Texas for more than 18 years. She provides support and training to professionals and families who live and work with children with autism spectrum and related disorders. Deborah is particularly interested in working with students with social and behavioral challenges across environments, and has done extensive work in the area of in-home and parent training. She and Sue Sheridan conducted community-based social skills groups together for more than 12 years. Deborah has developed two similar groups for school-aged students in West Texas that have met for five years on a monthly basis as well as a day camp during the summer.