Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Volume Editors: Peter F. Gerhardt, Daniel Crimmins Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 328 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781598570601
Price: $34.95

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Promoting better social skills and behavior is a top priority for anyone who works with learners with autism—but which practices really improve outcomes? Find out in this cutting-edge volume, a reader-friendly synthesis of the latest findings from more than 20 of today's top researchers in the field.

Coordinated by the highly respected Organization for Autism Research, this accessible book is an ideal text for future professionals and essential reading for administrators and consultants in educational settings. Readers will explore current evidence, best-practice recommendations, and future research directions for

  • assessing social skills with evidence-based methods and tools
  • conducting interventions that really make a difference
  • promoting friendships and peer acceptance
  • increasing joint attention
  • implementing schoolwide positive behavior support
  • improving outcomes with Pivotal Response Treatment
  • strengthening children's self-help skills
  • providing effective support for families of children with autism
  • using appropriate pharmacologic interventions to manage symptoms associated with ASD

Readers will also get first-hand insights from individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members and service providers, who provide balanced perspectives on today's research trends and practices. A cornerstone resource for current and future professionals working with learners of all ages, this book will help readers understand what really advances the social skills and behavior of students with autism—so they can use effective practices to improve the lives of children and families.

With contributions from

  • Shahla Ala'i-Rosales
  • Stephen R. Anderson
  • Joanne Gerenser
  • Connie Kasari
  • Kathleen Koenig
  • Suzanne Letso
  • Erik Mayville
  • Daniel Openden
  • Roy Sanders
  • Ilene Schwartz
  • Mary Jane Weiss
  • Thomas L. Zane
  • and more


Review by: Christina Whalen, Vice President, Director of the Vocational & Life Skills Academy, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Phoenix, AZ
“Addresses practical and important issues that most books on social skills don't address . . . an excellent choice for graduate students, special educators, service providers, or parents. I strongly recommend this one.”
Review by: Lynn Koegel, Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center; Director, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Center for Asperger Research, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Addresses the huge issues relating to social areas . . . The authors include challenges, controversies, weaknesses, and future directions. A quite interesting and thought-provoking read.”
Review by: Debra Leach, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Winthrop University
“Finally, a comprehensive literature review related to the social development of individuals with ASD. I wish I had this book on my shelf when I began my doctoral work.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors

I. Current Research and Recommendations on Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior

  1. Social and Adaptive Behavior in the Context of Family Life
    Suzanne Letso
  2. The Assessment of Social Skills
    Erik A. Mayville
  3. Behavior Analytic Interventions for Developing Social Skills in Individuals with Autism
    Mary Jane Weiss
  4. Interpreting the Efficacy Research on Group Delivered Social Skills Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Kathleen Koenig
  5. The Junction of Joint Attention and Communicative or Social Competence
    Joanne Gerenser
  6. Building Social Skills and Social Relationships in School Settings: The Role of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support
    Ilene S. Schwartz and Pei-Yu Chen
  7. Pivotal Response Treatment and the Development of Social Competence
    Daniel Openden
  8. The Development of Self-Help Skills in Children with Autism
    Stephen R. Anderson
  9. Adaptive Behavior in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Ongoing Research and Feature Directions
    Peter F. Gerhardt, Jessica Zawacki, and Gloria Satriale
  10. Peer Acceptance, Social Engagement, and Friendship: Critical Social Goals for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Connie Kasari, Jill Locke, Eric Ishijima, and Mark Kretzmann
  11. Impact of Psychopharmacology on Adaptive and Social Responding in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Roy Sanders
  12. Pseudoscience in Social Skills Research and Interventions
    Thomas L. Zane
  13. Bringing Social Competence Interventions to Scale in Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Next Challenge
    Daniel Crimmins, Ginny VanRie, and John Lutzker

II. Perspectives from Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Family Members, and Service Providers

  1. Adults on the Autism Spectrum Mentoring Children on the Spectrum
    Linda Styles
  2. It's All a Sham
    Walt Guthrie
  3. To Fit or Not to Fit
    Patricia Lanaspa
  4. The Middle School Dance: A Mother's Answer
    Stacey Ramirez
  5. "Refl-Ex-ions on OAR 2008"
    Rosa I. Arriaga
  6. An Open Response to Dan Crimmins and Peter Gerhardt, et al.: A Response to the Organization for Autism Research and the Applied Research Convocation
    Bob Morris

Afterword: Reflections on the Convocation
Daniel Crimmins, Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, and Peter F. Gerhardt


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