Social Skills for Middle School students. Great examples of specific goals for increasing socialization as well as rubrics for measuring progress.
The primary goal of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is to systematically teach the motivation for and skills of Experience Sharing interaction. Deficits in Experience Sharing have been found to lie at the core of autism spectrum disorders. RDI provides a path for people on the Autism Spectrum to learn friendship, empathy and a love of sharing their world with others.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a center established by the US DOE to help create and sustain school-wide disciplinary programs. Many schools in the Brandywine School District use this approach.
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) is a system of easy to implement, proven parenting solutions that helps solve current parenting problems and prevents future problems before they arise.
Project REACH is a National Center, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs for 5 years, to work with students with intensive social, emotional, and behavioral needs.
Research-based, proven effective programs for reducing children’s aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and at school.
COLLAGE is a program run by occupational therapists who help children with social deficits better adapt and understand the world around them. Two therapists normally facilitate groups for children with comparable social impairments. Each 8 week session meets weekly for 1 1/2 hours. Sharing news, conversation, projects, games and snacks are the usual components in a meeting.
Linda Hodgdon, SLP is a visual strategist. She uses visuals to break down social skills and academics. She is wonderful.
This is the website of Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP. She is a social cognition expert. She is EXCELLENT!!
Carol Gray is an special education / autism teacher. She created social stories to give students the information they lacked. They are used to change the students behavior. She is SENSATIONAL!
Carol Gray, the originator of social stories, was approached by a producer in Hollywood whose son has autism. He told Carol he was thankful for the social stories because it helped his son. He asked her is he ever considered making videos to visually show the kids the “missing information” they don’t get. So, Carol and this guy, Mark Shelley, forged a partnership called The Carol Gray Project. Mark’s company is producing all of Carol’s hard copy social stories and putting them in a video format. There are three samples in this website. It takes 1 -2 minutes to download the movie all depending on your computer. It is well worth the wait.
Tony Attwood is a best selling author and recognized expert on Asperger’s Syndrome.
Cindy Schneider’s Acting Antics offers classes, camps ans even birthday parties at her location in Exton, PA. Cindy is an autism consultant, special educator, and drama teacher use theatre activities to teach your child social understanding at home, in your classroom or in therapy. Recommended by moms in the BSNPTA.
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children through evelopment and dissemination of evidence-based, user-friendly information to help meet the needs of the growing number of children with challenging behaviors and mental health challenges. Among other things, check out the What Works Briefs.
The Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) resources site contains resources to create an ABA program at home.
This forum site is a “soft place to land for the battle-weary parent.” It has suggestions and offers support. They advise to take what you need, offer what you can, and leave the rest. These parents have found that there isn’t a “magic bullet,” but they are always looking and supporting each other along this journey.
The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention is a research-based program that specializes in teaching children with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, and related developmental disabilities. The program provides services nationwide.
Project ACHIEVE’s goal is to help design and implement processes to maximize the academic and social, emotional and behavioral progress and achievement of all students. Project ACHIEVE has also helped schools to implement effective and efficient problem-solving and strategic intervention processes for students with academic and behavioral difficulties, while improving the staff’s professional development and effective instruction interactions.