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.