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A Quest for Social Skills for Students with Autism or Asperger’s: Ready-to-use lessons with games, role-play activities, and more!
by JoEllen Cumpata and Susan Fell
Future Horizons, 2010

About the Book

Why start a social skills program?
The question is not why, but why not?

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.

QUEST (Questioning, Understanding, and Exploring Social Skills and Pragmatic Language Together) is a social skills program created to help middle school students with ASD who struggle with pragmatic language and social skills.

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!

Best of all, the book includes a CD of printable worksheets, letters, forms, and more!

QUEST covers: Greetings, Paying Attention, Daily Hygiene, Asking for Help, Understanding Feelings, Getting Angry/Calming Down, Managing Stress, Starting a Conversation, Making and Keeping Friends, Gossip, Bullying, and Teasing, Resisting Peer Pressure, Dating, Internet and E-mail Safety, and many more!

My Thoughts:
I am extremely impressed with this book. The lessons seem perfectly suited to the upper elementary and older students, which is where my son is now. With his moving into fourth grade this year and to a school with a more established social skills program, he has actually begun receiving group instruction on a regular basis, through a combination of push-ins during group work in science and social studies to lunch bunches and other small group activities. I can see the lessons in this book tying in very easily with what the SLP is doing, as well as being age-appropriate for the kids.

The manual is divided into several topical sections:

  • The school survival section has many of the things we are trying to instill in my son right now, from paying attention and asking for help to organizing his workspace and using an assignment book. Plus there’s even a lesson on daily hygiene, which is quickly becoming more important at our house!
  • The sections on understanding emotions, communication skills, and making friends are all topics that he has been working on for years, but these lessons seem to provide a fresh approach to use within a structured classroom setting that also emphasized practical application of the skills.
  • The personal safety and vocational readiness skills seem most appropriate for middle school and high school, students, although some of the information is more and more needed by younger students as kids may still encounter bullying and gossip, as well as be socializing online at an earlier age than the previous generation.

The book also includes a CD with PDF files of all the necessary printables for the lessons, making it as easy as possible to prepare and implement the program. I am excited about being to share this with my son’s SLP and hope that she will find it to be as useful as I think it will be!

Discount Opportunity: If you order A QUEST for Social Skills directly from Future Horizons, you can use the code INTERRUPTED to receive 15% off and free shipping in the continental US.

Note: I received a review copy for free, but all opinions are my own. I am an affiliate of Future Horizons and receive a small amount of compensation for any sales made using the promotional code provided. You can use the code INTERRUPTED when ordering books or other materials – or even conference registrations – to receive 15% off plus free shipping in the continental US.

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In-Sync Activity Cards: 50 Simple, New Activities to Help Children Develop, Learn and Grow!
by Joye Newman, MA, and Carol Kranowitz, MA
Sensory World, 2012

About the Set
These two experienced authors have over seventy combined years of teaching experience and have learned the best ways to help children learn and grow using their motor development skills. Now parents can tap that experience and genius, using these handy cards to help their kids grow, learn, and develop to the best of their abilities!

Divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced activities, each card tells you why and how the activity works, what you need for it, and ways to make it more challenging. It also tells you what to look for, to make sure your child is getting the most out of the activity.

My Thoughts:
I was very excited to get this set for review, especially since I have been so pleased with an earlier set from the same publisher, called Move-About Activity Cards (linked to my review). I have found them to be very useful with my son, and the school team really likes using them during his sensory breaks.

This set is much more detailed and seems like it would have a lot of different applications, from sensory and movement needs, to development of motor planning and imitation, as well as direction-following skills.

The cards have great illustrations and are color-coded by skill level, plus each one includes ideas for how to make it a bit harder, which makes it very easy to customize for individual abilities and interests. They also include clear instructions regarding what materials you need and what you have to do to set up the activity, which is extremely helpful when planning which ones are workable given your resources at that time.

For my own child, I could see these cards being useful for his sensory breaks or even to work on turn-taking (i.e. allowing someone else to be in charge) in a peer group without the competitive stressors involved in playing a game. Although he is 10 and starting the preteen phase of his development, I still believe he would be drawn to the novelty of the cards and the imaginative activities.

Discount Opportunity: If you order In-Sync Activity Cards directly from Future Horizons, you can use the code INTERRUPTED to receive 15% off and free shipping in the continental US.

Note: I received a review copy of this set for free, but all opinions are my own. I am an affiliate of Future Horizons and receive a small amount of compensation for any sales made using the promotional code provided. You can use the code INTERRUPTED when ordering books or other materials – or even conference registrations – to receive 15% off plus free shipping in the continental US.

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This Is Gabriel Making Sense of School: A Book About Sensory Processing Disorder
written by Hartley Steiner
illustrated by Brandon Fall
Sensory World, 2012

About the Book:
This is Gabriel Making Sense of School provides a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) face in the classroom. This easy to read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations!

My Thoughts:
This is a perfect book for elementary students to share with their classmates to help them understand about the ways their senses may work differently and why they might need different objects or strategies to cope with being in school every day. Each of the eight senses is briefly explained in kid-friendly language, followed by examples of why this could be a problem for a child with sensory processing disorder and what types of things could help make it better.

The book is short enough to be read aloud to a class in one sitting and easy enough to read for most second or third graders. I would highly recommend it to elementary school teachers and therapists, or even as a great book for a parent to come in and read to a class.

Discount Opportunity: If you order This Is Gabriel Making Sense of School directly from Future Horizons, you can use the code INTERRUPTED to receive 15% off and free shipping in the continental US.

Note: I received a review copy of this book for free, but all opinions are my own. I am an affiliate of Future Horizons and receive a small amount of compensation for any sales made using the promotional code provided. You can use the code INTERRUPTED when ordering books or other materials – or even conference registrations – to receive 15% off plus free shipping in the continental US.

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Asperger’s on the Job: Must-have Advice for People with Asperger’s or High Functioning Autism, and their Employers, Educators, and Advocates
by Rudy Simone
Future Horizons, 2010

About the Book:
Up to 85% of the Asperger’s population are without full-time employment, though many have above-average intelligence.

Rudy Simone, an adult with Asperger’s Syndrome and an accomplished author, consultant, and musician, created this insightful resource to help employers, educators, and therapists accommodate this growing population, and to help people with Asperger’s find and keep gainful employment.

Rudy’s candid advice is based on her personal experiences and the experiences of over 50 adults with Asperger’s from all over the world, in addition to their employers and numerous experts in the field.

Detailed lists of “what the employee can do” and “to employers and advocates” provide balanced guidelines for success, while Rudy’s “Interview Tips” and “Personal Job Map” tools will help Aspergians, young or old, find their employment niche.

There is more to a job than what the tasks are. From social blunders, to sensory issues, to bullying by coworkers, Simone presents solutions to difficult challenges. Readers will be enriched, enlightened, and ready to work—together!

My Thoughts:
This is another great book by Rudy Simone which I would highly recommend to anyone with Asperger’s, as well as to those who are teaching, supporting, or supervising someone with AS. The book is laid out in a fashion similar to that of Aspergirls (which I loved!), with each chapter having a discussion of the topic followed by suggestions for the person with AS and for those around them. While disclosure of Asperger’s may be desired or necessary at times, Simone leaves that decision up to the reader and offers advice that can easily work for those who wish to keep that information private.

Here are just a few of the insights that are shared in the book, each of which can create a positive or negative impression in others but are really just pieces of information that can be used to better understand someone with AS, thus allowing for improved communication and productivity:

  • People with Asperger’s have an irrepressible urge to inform, often without correctly anticipating the emotional reaction of the recipient.
  • A person with Asperger’s Syndrome will often say or do what is logical rather than what is socially and emotionally expected of them.
  • Their face won’t always match the way that they feel; nor will their expression be what one might expect in a given moment.
  • You can be sure that if they are “in the zone,” they are unsurpassed in diligent effort, research, problem-solving, and just plain work.
  • Internal motivation is what will drive a person with AS, the feeling of a job well done, more than prestige or promise of reward…. People with AS possess a diligent, perfectionist attention to detail.

In addition to these practical topics and useful ideas to make a workplace more conducive to the needs of a person with Asperger’s, Simone also tackles difficult situations such as workplace gossip and bullying that make it unbearable, and even unsafe, to remain in a job, as well as issues such as handling an interview and the use of personality tests in the hiring process that make it tricky to even get a job in the first place.

Ultimately, her goal is to assist both employees with Asperger’s and their employers to work together for both of their benefit. After all, who wants to feel like they have to look for a new job, or be forced to take the time to find a new employee? As Simone puts it, “Employers should not lose a valuable employee over things that can be fixed. Nor should a person with AS leave a job they love for the wrong reason.”

Discount Opportunity: If you order Asperger’s on the Job directly from Future Horizons, you can use the code INTERRUPTED to receive 15% off and free shipping in the continental US.

Note: I received a review copy of this book for free, but all opinions are my own. I am an affiliate of Future Horizons and receive a small amount of compensation for any sales made using the promotional code provided. You can use the code INTERRUPTED when ordering books or other materials – or even conference registrations – to receive 15% off plus free shipping in the continental US.

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Note: this is a special offer from Future Horizons that I have been given permission to share with my readers. It is only available by phone or fax through June 25th, so if you’re interested in the resource or know another parent or professional who would be, don’t wait to call!

America’s Best Selling Behavior book now accompanied by a video by one of the authors!!



The book A Treasure Chest of Behavior Strategies for Individuals with Autism has long been a favorite of parents, educators and therapists. It has a “treasure chest” of case studies offering over 100 typical problems and clear answers to those problems. There are many “jewels” of behavior adjusting ideas, “crossed swords” indicating things to never do, and “diamonds” of ideas to prevent problems before they begin, all of which are great guidelines at home and at school.

Whatever problems you face, you’ll find helpful solutions to them in this book, which should be on the bookshelf of every teacher, special ed and regular, plus that of every parent of a special needs child!

NOW THERE IS A COMPANION VIDEO!

This video features one of the authors, Maria Wheeler, with over 160 minutes of in-depth tips and ideas on ways to improve behavior. It includes many areas of behavior management including, but not limited to, sensory challenges and how they affect behavior; over stimulation; meltdowns and tantrums; sleep difficulties; compliance; anxiety; etc. Improved behavior makes a happier individual with special needs….and therefore a happier parent, teacher, or therapist!

The award winning book is $39.95 and the new video is $49.95…

However, now, you can receive them both for only $49.95!!… and shipping is free anywhere in the USA — But only for those on our Special Friends list who call before June 25th! Call 800-489-0727 or fax to 817-277-2270. Call Now—your video and book will be to you within a few days!

Sorry–this special is not on our internet site….offered only via phone or fax!

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