Social Skills for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome offers a one-of-kind method for using the performing arts to help build social skills. The highly practical book gives the reader not only a wide variety of tried and tested theatre and performing arts activities to implement, but also a super-structured social skills club format in which to facilitate those activities.
- This book includes:
- Methods and Forms for starting, maintaining and handing over a social skill club for individuals with Asperger Syndrome.
- Over 20 unique theatre activities targeting specific social skill deficits and many more performing arts ideas to use with each club.
- Strategies for running a performing arts festival.
- Much needed suggestions for social skill generation. Tips and practical advice based on experiences using the methods in this book.
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ANDREW NELSON, M.Ed. is an Education Specialist with the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University. He facilitates theatre-based social skills clubs for individuals with Asperger syndrome and had presented this unique model for social skills training at a variety of national conferences in the United States. Andrew also holds a BFA in theatre arts and has performed on both national and international stages, including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Budapest, Hungary. He is the co-founder of the Applied Theatre Research and Autism Network (www.autismtheatre.org).