Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Guiding Toward Growth

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Young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often feel uncomfortable and anxious in social situations, but socializing with classmates and colleagues can be made easier - and more enjoyable - with Guiding Toward Growth group sessions.

John Merges' simple yet effective program for teaching social enjoyment skills is based on the concept that there are ten hurdles that make it challenging for people with ASD to enjoy social interaction. This book guides the reader through planning, running, and assessing group sessions that have been designed to help participants overcome these hurdles, interact with confidence, and ultimately enjoy more independent and fulfilling lives. As social interaction is a vital element of any work environment, this book also teaches young adults with ASD an important employment skill.

This adaptable book can be used with a wide range of ages and communicative abilities, and will be an invaluable resource for all professionals working with groups of children and young people with ASD.

$24.95
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Press reviews for: Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders

Readers can refer to the final section of the book for vivid descriptions of the fun activities and even templates for parental permission letters and game boards... He offers novice practitioners helpful tips and ways of conceptualizing working with groups on the spectrum.

Speech & Language Therapy in Practice

This book is structured well and easily accessible. The refreshing focus throughout is on supporting young people with autism spectrum disorders to develop the skills needed to enjoy interaction. There is also an emphasis on supporting young people to develop skills that will allow them to function better within the workplace. The information provided would allow an experienced practitioner to set up and run the groups described. This book would be very useful for speech and language therapists working with children with autism spectrum disorders within educational and community settings.

Janet L. Oliver, M.A., Neurodevelopmental Specialist

John's work aids people in understanding the barriers that interfere with social interaction and gives people clear, profound ways to improve social functioning. He keeps the 'fun' in functional.

Lynn Peal, Autism Resource Specialist, Mounds View School District, Minnesota

John Merges has a wealth of knowledge in working with and advocating for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders Students who have attended reported their enjoyment in the social interactions and the friendships that they have developed during the group. Elements of John's strategies can be readily applied and duplicated in the school setting.

Kathy Stuhler, MEd, Autism Specialist and Special Education Teacher

John has developed a key for teachers and students to have FUN while learning how to read the map of our complex social world. Bravo!

Parent of two Funjoyment group participants

The best thing I have ever done for [my children]... I hope to continue to have them involved for a long time.

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