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Easy to implement group social skills lessons!

For most children on the autism spectrum, social skills pose greater challenges than academics! Super Skills A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism and Related Challenges is designed to help elementary-aged students with autism spectrum disorder and other social-cognitive deficits succeed in the social realm.

Group lessons are organized under four types of skills necessary for these success:

  • Fundamental skills
  • Social initiation skills
  • Getting along with others
  • Social response skills

Each lesson is highly structured and organized, making it easy for teachers and other group leaders to implement successfully. A series of practical checklists and other instruments provide a solid foundation for assessing students' social skills levels and subsequent program planning. Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.


"Coucouvanis provides valuable information to create and run social skills groups and delineates all the steps for students to succeed."

-- Melissa L. Trautman, special education teacher

"The easy to read and apply format makes this a must have book for anyone working with students with ASD."

-- Ronda Schelvan, M.S.Ed., autism consultant, special education teacher

This book is an invaluable guide to parents and professionals who help improve the social skills of children with ASD.

-- Luke Y. Tsai, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School


Judith Coucouvanis, MA, NP, PMHCNS-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner and clinical specialist at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Nursing at the University of Iowa. As a clinician, she specialized in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders for 30 years. She consults to educational programs and speaks regularly on the topics of social skills training, behavior support, and toilet training, offering practical information to both parents and professionals. Author of Super Skills, Judith was the recipient of the International Society of Psychiatric Services Clinical Practice Award and her book, The Potty Journey, won Gold in the NAPPA Parenting Resources Competition. Her Rules and Tools for Parenting Children With Autism and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time won the National Parenting Publications Award. She serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing.

ISBN: 9781931282673