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The Social and Life Skills Menu: A Skill Building Workbook for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders Paperback – 4 Jan 2011

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It is a large text format with A4 size paper making it very easy to read and assimilate... Overall this is a useful addition to the other workbooks already available in this area... So for those parents wishing to take the plunge and to start their own small group, this book is worth adding to your collection at the research phase. It is also to be recommended for any therapists and schools who educate and support those on the spectrum. -- AS Teens This is an excellent practical workbook using an ingenious, informative and entertaining format. -- Tony Attwood, author of Asperger's Syndrome and The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome An informative and well-designed workbook for teens with Asperger's Syndrome. By combining her personal experience and knowledge of Asperger's, Karra has developed practical and innovative strategies for ASD adolescents to enhance social interactions, while practicing daily life skills. The Social and Life Skills MeNu is an excellent resource. A must-have for parents and professionals. -- Joey Travolta, Creative Director of Inclusion Films, film-making workshops for adults with developmental disabilities, California

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Karra Barber is a full-time mother and advocate for her teenage son who has Asperger's Syndrome. She is the founder and facilitator of a well-established support group for parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum. She is the author of Living Your Best Life with Asperger's Syndrome and is a regular contributor to many autism magazines. Karra Barber resides in Northern California.

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Only for very high-functioning ASD kids with high self-awareness 17 Feb 2014
By Sue Keebler - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book to use with my teenaged autistic son, who is in the "moderate" range of functioning. This book claims to be for "teenagers with ASD" without specifying that it contains many questionnaires that require a high level of linguistic functioning, abstract thinking and self-awareness. It is essentially useless to use with my son, and had it indicated that it was ONLY for use with very high functioning Asperger's or very high functioning ASD teens, I would have known not to purchase it.

For example, it asks the STUDENT to answer questions like: "How would you describe your ability to communicate verbally? a)consistently effective b)often effective c)occasionally successful d)never successful e)other:______" The language only gets more complicated from there. "How do you think you appear when you meet someone for the first time?" Or "True/False: I understand innuendos and inferences in a general conversation." And after those questionnaires, the instructor and student then go over the same questions in open-answer discussion format, including discussing things like whether any of the student's responses surprised him or if his instructor agreed with his assessment of himself, and why or why not.

While this is likely great for a student with Asperger's who is reading at or above grade level and can handle plenty of abstract language, introspection, and perspective-taking, this is not for an autistic student who falls anywhere below the "very-high-functioning" level. It also involves many examples/scenarios that are unlikely for children who are in self-contained settings. While the MeNu concept of starter, entree and treat has a lot of possibilities, the book is not for most "adolescents with autism spectrum disorders" but only for use by those on the very high end.
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Amazing Resource for Families and The Individual Education Team 6 Aug 2011
By kkaplan - Published on Amazon.com
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Prepare, Project, Practice, Produce......a great mantra for building a meaningful life

Families and professionals will finally see how critical it is to develop problem solving skills in children, teens and adults with Asperger

This curriculum really helps develop executive Functioning a major challenge for people with Asperger and a critical skill for success adult life.

You have created a valuable tool for parents, residential care givers, vocational programs, teachers and therapists.

I loved the independent Life Skills Ability Check List..... What a great tool for transition planning.

The pre-assessment questionnaire format before each area of social development is brilliant for designing an effective way of measuring success and providing a tool for positive self- assessment.
This is an excellent workbook that is easy to use. 3 July 2011
By Elizabeth E. Bergmann - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm using this workbook with my 17 year old son who has Aspergers. I like the questionnaires in the book to see where "he's at" socially. There are many different social scenarios where my son can prepare for, then actually practice. The author breaks down many of the tasks necessary to be an independent person in these practice scenarios. This book is very practical and easy to use!
Great book for social skills! 4 Jun 2011
By Anthony Savala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book help provides practical tips, tools and concepts to teach life and social skills in a fun way. It provides an opportunity for child and parent or student and professional to interact socially and build independence that are essential for functional daily living!
A Wonderful Workbook for All Ages 22 May 2011
By JTC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an educational aide to children with ASD, I am often looking for creative and concrete ways to teach social skills to the children I work with. Even though this book is geared towards adolescents, I have been able to modify the "menu" items and use them for the elementary age student I work with. This is a MUST HAVE book for anyone who works children, adolescents or young adults on the spectrum. I am so happy to add this book to my "toolbox".
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