January 17, 2012 Columns

Internet: ASD Social Skill Websites

With the ever-expanding diagnosis of autism, the Internet is exploding with information and materials. This column briefly features some online learning opportunities and helpful information about the role of speech-language professionals, but focuses primarily on pragmatics/social skills that are typically addressed in treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

ASDs and SLPs' Role

  • AIM—Austin Internet Modules of evidence-based practices and interventions for students with ASD. This freely available and continuously expanding resource includes pre- and post-tests, PowerPoints, videos and articles to read.
  • Autism Seminar—free undergraduate class lectures to watch and download to your computer, iPad or iPhone from the Yale Child Study Center and iTunes U.
  • The Role of the School Speech Language Pathologist and the Student with Autism by SLP Beverly Vicker contains a menu of options and related ideas for delivery of services to meet individual needs of children with ASD.

Social Skills/Pragmatics

  • ASHA's "Social Language Use (Pragmatics)" and "Pragmatic Language Tips" offer information and strategies for helping children improve their social communication.
  • Moving Toward Functional Social Competence [PDF], a 29-page PDF of "a scope and sequence assessment of social skill development for students with challenges in social cognition," includes a data collection recording system to document observed social behaviors and track progress in students with ASDs in a variety of settings.
  • Good Character is a commercial, educational site for grades K–12, but the "Teaching Guides" have freely available information for parents on social skill topics and suggestions for student activities and written and home assignments.
  • A series of short YouTube "How-To" videos from Autism Teaching Strategies demonstrate social skills activities for children with autism.
  • Building Values Through Online Stories has nicely illustrated online books on sharing, being respectful, feeling happy, resolving conflicts, and more.
  • Behavior Stories from the Watson Institute can be customized for individual children.
  • Speaking of Speech has many social skills/pragmatics worksheets and other materials.
  • Make Belief Comix allows users to create their own comic strips, and can be used with children with autism to develop social scenarios.
  • Social Skills Lessons for Middle School Students includes educational objectives, a lesson plan, and a rubric for evaluation.
  • Autism Games offers several suggestions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced social engagement activities, including objectives on cooperation and managing emotions.

Identifying Emotions/Feelings

Social Stories

Additional Resources

Judith Maginnis Kuster, MS, CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found at www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html.URLs change, however, and there is no guarantee that links from previous columns are still functional.

cite as: Kuster, J. M. (2012, January 17). Internet: ASD Social Skill Websites. The ASHA Leader.


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