Internet: ASD Social Skills Websites
With the ever-expanding diagnosis of autism and the team of professionals who provide services, the Internet is exploding with information and materials. This column briefly features some online learning opportunities and helpful information about the role of speech-language professionals, but focuses primarily on pragmatics/social skills that are typically addressed in treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
ASD and SLP's Role
- AIM - Austin Internet Modules of Evidence-based Research on interventions for students with ASD (http://www.autisminternetmodules.org/). This freely-available and continuously expanding resource includes pre- and post-tests, PowerPoints, videos and articles to read.
- Autism Seminar - free undergraduate class lectures to watch and download to your computer, iPad or iPhone from the Yale Child Study Center and iTunes U. (http://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/yale-autism-seminar-video/id392283098)
- The Role of the School Speech Language Pathologist and the Student with Autism (http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/index.php?pageId=531) by Beverly Vicker contains a menu of options and related ideas for delivery of services to meet individual needs of children with ASD.
- ASHA's "Social Language Use (Pragmatics)" (http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/pragmatics.htm) and "Pragmatic Language Tips" (http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/PragmaticLanguageTips.htm) off erinformation and strategies for heping children improve their social communication.
- Moving Toward Functional Social Competence [PDF] (http://region10projects.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Social_Skills_Checklist.pdf) - a 29 page PDF of "a scope and sequence assessment of social skill development for students with challenges in social cognition" includes a data collection recording system to document observed social behaviors and track progress in a student with ASDs in a variety of settings.
- Good Character (http://www.goodcharacter.com) is a commercial, educational site for grades K-12 but the "Teaching Guides" have freely-available information for parents on social skill topics and suggestions for student activities and written and home assignments.
- A series of short YouTube "How-To" videos from Autism Teaching Strategies demonstrate Social Skills Activities for Children with Autism (http://autismteachingstrategies.com/our-how-to-videos-2/)
- Building Values Through Online Stories (http://myyoungchild.org/) has nicely illustrated online books on sharing, being respectful, feeling happy, resolving conflicts, and more.
- Behavior Stories (http://www.thewatsoninstitute.org/teacher-resources2.jsp?pageId=2161392240601226415747290) can be customized for individual children.
- Speaking of Speech has many social skills/pragmatics worksheets and other materials (http://www.speakingofspeech.com/Social_Skills_Pragmatics.html)
- Make Belief Comix (http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/) allows users to create their own comic strips, and can be used with children with autism to develop social scenarios
- Social Skills Lessons for Middle School Students (http://www.cccoe.net/social/skillslist.htm) includes educational objectives, a lesson plan, and a rubric for evaluation.
- Autism Games (http://sites.google.com/site/autismgames/home/games-pages) offers several suggestions for beginning, intermediate and advanced social engagement activities, including objectives on cooperation and managing emotions.
- The Feelings Game (http://www.do2learn.com/games/feelingsgame/index.htm) helps users identify emotions associated with facial expressions.
- Emotions Color Wheel (http://www.do2learn.com/organizationtools/EmotionsColorWheel/index.htm) explains and illustrates emotions and facial expressions.
- Facial Expressions (http://www.do2learn.com/games/facialexpressions/face.htm) displays the facial features associated with specific emotions.
- Printable expression cards (http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/40/Prosopagnosia.xhtml) offers flashcards of different facial expressions.
- At Emotions Dice (http://www.senteacher.org/Worksheet/41/Emotion.xhtml), users can download facial expressions that fold into dice.
- Materials for Feeling Bingo [PDF] (http://www.speechtherapygames.com/Freebies/feelingbingoFREE.pdf) are available.
- Let's Face It game (http://www.cccoe.net/social/BL1.htm) offers multiple-choice identification of emotions.
- Making Faces (http://www.btplc.com/Responsiblebusiness/supportingourcommunities/Media/makingfaces/makingfacesMarch08.swf) asks users to drag and drop the eyes and mouth on 26 different faces to depict various emotions.
- User identifies emotion on vidoes of six real faces (http://www.robotsandus.org/sensing/making_faces/).
- Materials at Emotions include 12 face pictures and 24 emotion cards [PDF] and a game described to use them (http://web.archive.org/web/20070614040746/http://www.johnsesl.com/printables/emotions/emotions.pdf)
- Character Education Visual Dictionary contains 83 pages of pictures depicting interpersonal relationships (free, but registration is required) (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Character-Education-Visual-Dictionary-FREE-DOWNLOAD).
- Two articles explain "Social Stories" (http://www.educateautism.com/social-stories.html) and their effectiveness - "Are Social Stories Effective?" (http://www.educateautism.com/social-stories/social-story-effective.html)
- A fact sheet on social stories (http://autism.healingthresholds.com/therapy/social-stories) for children with autism includes information about social stories and a link to abstracts of 26 research articles on their use.
- A video of Carol Gray defines "Social Stories" and provides several examples (http://www.thegraycenter.org/social-stories/what-are-social-stories)
- How Social Stories Work followed by a long list of social stories was written by parents of a child with autism (http://rsaffran.tripod.com/social.html#How%20social%20stories%20work)>
- Social Stories explains the basics of writing and using social stories
- Social Stories presents several scenarios related specifically to school (http://www.autism4teachers.com/autism4teachers_013.htm).
- Sample Sequenced Social Scripts (http://www.lburkhart.com/chat_scripts.htm) were collected at Closing the Gap, 2001.
- Social Stories (http://www.polyxo.com/socialstories/) offers a number of examples of social stories in several categories
- Tania Kraus's illustrated Social Stories for
- Manners (http://tp053.k12.sd.us/Manners.htm)
- Friendship (http://tp053.k12.sd.us/Friendly.htm)
- Being at school (http://tp053.k12.sd.us/Following%20Rules%20at%20School.htm)
- Positively Autism offers PowerPoint presentations of social skills and social stories (http://www.positivelyautism.com/free/09social.html).
Additional Resources to check
- TES Teaching Resources which requires free registration has ASD social skills resources that include several downloads including social skills for life and work, Mood Cards Widgit Symbols, Angry Thought Widgit Symbols, Comic Strip Conversations, Emotions cards using Widgit CIP2, and much more. (http://www.tes.co.uk/taxonomysearchresults.aspx?parametrics=52004,52010,52016&mode=browse).
- Teaching Social Skills in Language Arts (http://www.cccoe.net/social/supportive.htm) has many worksheets to explore for social skills - including Emotions Bingo (http://www.cccoe.net/social/bingo.htm), Making Faces (http://www.cccoe.net/social/makeaface.htm), Teamwork Rubric (http://www.cccoe.net/social/rubric.htm) and more
- The following resources provided many of the suggestions for this column and are worth exploring for additional materials
cite as: Kuster, J. M. (2012, January 17). Internet: ASD Social Skill Websites. The ASHA Leader.
Judith Maginnis Kuster, MS, CCC-SLP, is a professor emerita in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at email@example.com. An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found at www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html. URLs change, however, and there is no guarantee that links from previous columns are still functional.