by Jeni Decker. eBook 2011; an Extended Review with < My Thoughts > by Sara Luker
(12% indicates the eReader book location, instead of page reference numbers).
12% Jaxson’s inability to communicate with others in a meaningful way makes forming relationships difficult. He’s unaffected by social mores or his lack of appropriate actions because they do not exist within the production in which he is starring. They don’t exist for him yet. At nine, he’s just beginning to speak in complete sentences and still wears a diaper.
Bellini, et al. (2009) describe Social Skills Training (SST) as ranking the 9th most effective strategy to be taught to people with ASD. One of the reasons not to provide SST is that it is seldom taught across multiple settings. They do approve of the encouraged ‘self-monitoring’, ‘relaxation techniques’, and ‘emotional regulation’. The length of the program can result in a ‘plateau’ effect, but they’ve seen no ‘dramatic failures’ of this intervention.
Bellini, S., Benner, L., et al. (2009). A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Practitioners; Beyond Behavior Vol 19,:p. 26-39.