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This flexible format—an attention-grabbing illustration on the front and a variety of stimuli on the back—targets a wide range of social skills perfect for groups or one-on-one therapy.
- Make and keep friends
- Consider other people's perspectives and respond appropriately
- Accurately interpret idioms and sarcasm
- Identify and solve problems
The emphasis is on using real-life, higher-demand social language skills. You'll stimulate observation, dialogue, discussion, reasoning, flexible thinking, and perspective taking with questions and narratives.
Activities are based on research from The Social Language Development Test Adolescent and reflect a developmental progression of specific social language skills among 12- to 18-year-olds. The activities complement those in Social Language Training Adolescent with more demands on social language comprehension, expression, and reasoning.
Skill areas include:
- Nonverbal Communication—identify and interpret facial expressions, gestures, posture, and proximity
- Making Inferences—use context, body language, and other clues to make reasonable inferences about what is happening and why
- Multiple Interpretations—think of more than one logical interpretation for a situation; develop flexibility in thinking
- Multiple Perspectives—recognize that people in the same situation can think different thoughts and have different opinions
- Solving Problems—identify social problems, think of solutions, and justify why some solutions are better than others; recognize the feelings of other people and think of solutions that preserve or create friendships
- Interpreting Idioms & Sarcasm—recognize discrepancy between intended and expressed meanings and reflect on the speaker's beliefs and attitudes
- Social Interaction—recognize appropriate and inappropriate reactions to people and know what to say and do
- Interpersonal Negotiation—learn to compromise, problem solve, listen, negotiate, and seek mutually-pleasing resolutions to conflicts
- Relating Personal Experience—express personal experiences and feelings and realize the value of considering other people's perspectives
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- It is possible to teach specific social skills to adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and increase their interaction with peers and adults. Training tasks should include interpreting verbal/nonverbal actions or intentions, understanding social reciprocity, and adjusting verbal/nonverbal behavior according to social cues (Crooke, Hendrix, & Rachman, 2007).
- Parents and teachers surveyed reported that children with autism showed deficits in initiating, responding to, and maintaining social interactions. Appropriate peer interactions, usually facilitated in a social language group, can play a vital role in enhancing a child's social and language outcomes (Murray, Ruble, Willis, & Molloy, 2009).
Social Language Development Scenes Adolescent for Group Therapy incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2007). Teaching social thinking to children with ASD: An effectiveness study. Presentation at the ASHA Conference, Boston, MA..
Murray, D.S., Ruble, L.A., Willis, H., & Molloy, C.A. (2009). Parent and teacher report of social skills in children with autism spectrum disorders. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 40(2), 109-115.