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Rachel Lundstrom

Social Skills Intervention Guide: Practical Strategies for Social Skills Training

Transition Area: Social skills Format: Print textbook/workbook Contact/Ordering Information: This book was originally published by American Guidance Service Inc. (AGS), which is no longer in business. It is now sold under Pearson Education, Inc. It costs approximately $120 per book. The authors are Stephen N. Elliot and Frank M. Gresham. Pearson Education Inc. 19500 Bulverde Road San Antonio, Texas 78259 http://pearsonassess.com Email: customer.service1@pearson.com Learning characteristics of the student for whom this curriculum would be age and learning appropriate: This curriculum is appropriate for students in first through tenth grade who are lacking social skills or are at risk for inappropriate social behaviors, including children labeled as learning disabled or emotionally impaired. This can also be used for students who are in the general education program but still lack social adequacy. Students need to be successful in direct instruction and responding to adult cues to gain the knowledge from this program. Transition needs addressed: This book categorizes its skills into five categories: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control (CARES). These five types of skills are necessary as a student is entering the workforce or a post-secondary educational experience. Some of these skills may include following rules and directions, willingness to ask for assistance, taking care of items, showing concern for others, or compromising. Other features: This book is a step-by-step process for teaching students about their social skills. It resembles a literary basal, and this is the teachers manual for the product. Students will receive direct instruction on a specific social skill, and then be expected to apply it through written, verbal, or dramatic expression. Finally, teachers review and give assignments so students can further internalize their new social skills.

Social Skill Strategies: A Social-Emotional Curriculum for Adolescents, Book B Transition Area: Social skills Format: Print workbook with tear out pages Contact/Ordering Information: This book was originally published by Thinking Publications, which is no longer in business. They have been taken over by PRO-ED Inc., which does not appear to sell this same volume any more. However, they have many similar products. This book costs approximately $140, and the authors are Nancy Gajewski, Polly Hirn, and Patty Mayo. P.O. Box 163 Eau Claire, WI 54702 www.proedinc.com Email : custserv@ThinkingPublications.com Learning characteristics of the student for whom this curriculum would be age and learning appropriate: This book is the second in a series, so it should be completed following work in book A. It is intended for students in grades 6-12 in general education, special education, and learning/behavioral atrisk students. It is also suitable for outside of school programs such as a group home or after-school care program. An assessment is included to level the students initial social skills. Transition needs addressed: This book addresses skills in peer interaction, management, and emotional expression. Students will need these skills as they enter the workforce and begin to live on their own, especially when it comes to handling feelings, working well with others, and managing time and money effectively. Other features: This book is all perforated worksheets, making curriculum building very simple. Some sheets are simply filled with facts on a social skill, some are worksheets, and some are take-home sheets to review with an adult at home. These skills are on track after completing book A, and will lead to success in adult life.