Succeeding with Interventions for AS Adolescents
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©2006. By John Harpur, Maria Lawlor and Michael Fitzgerald. The authors have coined their unique intervention, "interaction therapy" which is a type of social skills training done with a group of six to eight adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS). The therapy sessions involve the therapists modeling and the adolescents role-playing behaviors in both the wrong and right ways, as well as using video modeling of social interactions as a way of getting at theory of mind and empathy. The authors believe in increasing the adolescent's "social competence," defined as skills learning along with developing good judgment. The authors also insist upon parent involvement in the therapy as positive social role models, constructive coaches and facilitators of social outings for their children. In theory, the parent involvement makes it easier for the adolescent to use newly forming social skills in the "real world." As well, in this type of therapy, all of the adolescents with AS will have the benefit of testing out their budding social skills on each other without the fear of rejection or harassment. Written primarily for practitioner use, this book also includes introductory chapters on the background of social skills training, current and historical thinking on AS, and basic communication and language issues in AS. The book also includes a very useful outline of all the therapy sessions, which can be used as a template by a practitioner for creating their own interaction therapy intervention for adolescents. Also the appendix is chocked-full of useful worksheets and a parent/caregiver questionnaire. (Softcover; 208 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.