Social Skill Autopsy: Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

It's So Much Work to be Your Friend

The word “autopsy” refers to the dissection of a body after death to determine the cause or problem that contributed to the death. Dr. Rick Lavoie cleverly used this word and coined the term “Social Skill Autopsy.” We all know the pain we and our children feel when they do not have friends, are not […]

Create Comic Strip Conversations

Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors.  They also help to extrapolate information verbal discussion would not decipher. The social context, the behavior, the thought/intent behind the behavior, […]

A QUEST for Social Skills

A Quest for Social Skills

JoEllen Cumpata, a speech language pathologist, and Susan Fell, a school social worker, created a school-based social skills program. This program is designed to help middle school students with pragmatic language deficits and social skills deficits.  The program is called QUEST and stands for Questioning, Understanding, and Exploring Social Skills and Pragmatic Language Together. Students […]

What Did You Say? What Did You Mean?

What did you say

The ability to understand metaphors can be a challenge for kids with a variety of isms.  Children with autism, Asperger’s or auditory processing isms often have difficulty understanding figurative language.  Children on the autism spectrum tend to use and comprehend language literally and expect words to mean exactly what they say. Children with an auditory […]

Diary of a Social Detective: Real-life tales of mystery, intrigue and interpersonal adventure

Diary of a Social Detective

The social world can be a mystery, even to the most savvy among us. While social relationships are frequently a source of joy and satisfaction, they can be a source of frustration–and downright confusion. What is someone to do if his entire social world is a mystery to him? How is a person supposed to […]

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Nurturing Narratives Helps Develop Social Skills

Nurturing Narratives

Authors Christine Durbin, M.A., CCC-SLP, and Lauren Franke, Psy.D., CCC-SLP, through years of work with students with complicated learning problems (CLP), have found the right blend of elements needed for successful intervention and have included them in their new book: Coaching Comprehension – Creating Conversation – Nurturing Narratives: Story-based language intervention for children with language […]

Delightfully Different Special Showcase


I just had the opportunity to read a wonderful book, titled  by D.S. Walker. This book tells the story of a girl named Mia, and her family’s journey to love and acceptance through her special needs journey. As I continued to read this book, the story got so good I just could not put it […]

My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder – Book Review


by Barbara Lester is an excellent tool for children and teens. It offers a unique perspective which is specifically for the child who has a parent with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using kid-friendly language, it serves dual purposes as both an instructional guide and workbook. Barbara Lester launches the book by detailing growing up […]

The Wonderful Story of Warren, An Autism Spectrum Dinosaur


 is a coloring book that tells a story. Written by Annette L. Becklund, LCSW and illustrated by Ray Gulzeth, it describes the experiences of a young autism spectrum dinosaur named Warren. Warren has special interests that he enjoys: drawing, painting, and playing the piano. The story begins by showing his special interests and talents and […]

The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide – A Professional Perspective

by Barbara Lester, LCSW I was excited to sit down and read “The Aspie Teen’s Survival Guide: Candid Advice for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, from a Young Man with Asperger’s Syndrome” by J.D. Kraus. Every day at my office I listen to one autism spectrum teen after another who feels rejected and misunderstood. It breaks […]

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