Good Autism Practice
a useful guide for teachers and group leaders which is flexible enough to be used in many different ways.
Support for Learning
The authors are clinical psychologist who have been working with adolescents with moderate learning difficulties in a special school for several years. The focus of their work was on developing Social Skills Training (SST) to enable the students to understand and manage social situations better so that they might be included in mainstream schools.
This book is based on the authors' (successful) work changing adolescents' behaviour. Primarily aimed at teachers setting up Social Skills Training sessions for 13-17 year olds (with references to KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum), it still has much to offer parents, especially those who home educate. Even if you don't want to complete the Social Skills checklist, it's a reminder of skills which medical professionals often ask about (eg: "Makes appropriate eye contact") and the Possible Questions for Parents could highlight areas to work on. The ten sessions of the training programme make up most of the book: starting with "Listening and Paying Attention", it goes through controlling feelings, body language, resolving conflict, recognizing strengths and more.
The book provides useful information on how to do a basic evaluation to the individual's strengths and weaknesses in the area of social skills. The course is split into 10 'lessons'. Topics have been linked closely with PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) at key stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum. A useful resource for parents of children where the school is willing to allocate time for a social skills group.
Care &Health Magazine
This publication is aimed primarily at teaching staff, and links to the four main stages of development at Key Stage 3 and 4 of the national curriculum, especially PHSE. However, the training sessions and workshops are likely to interest social care staff, and parents or carers as well... the material is clearly and accessibly presented.