I’m glad you found this website and blog.
I love learning about social skills training for young people with autism, and sharing ideas with other professionals who do similar work. In this blog, I will be passing on some of what I have learned.
I love my “day job” with The Watson Institute, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. I run up to 15 social skills groups a week, in our offices, as well as in a number of school settings. My colleagues include psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, teachers and speech-language pathologists. In the evenings and on weekends, I work with my wife Elaine Kramer, a graphic designer and former newspaper editor, to dream up new ways to make social skills training more interesting. Several years ago, we joined up with Rebecca Klaw, an autism consultant, to produce The World of Ryuu, a collection of trading cards, CD ROMs and other materials for children with autism based on dragons on the autism spectrum. In January of 2011, I launched a new website, AutismTeachingStrategies.com, where I post free downloads of social skills resources and promote my speaking engagements and publications. I have two publications with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, which you can check out below.
In this blog, I look forward to sharing lots of ideas on how to help young people on the autism spectrum with communication, relationship skills and regulation of emotion. Come back again for dozens of ideas including:
Come back soon. Let’s interact. Take away a few ideas, and leave a few of your own if you like.
Joel Shaul, LCSW