Quest Program II: Social Skills Curriculum for Middle School Students with Autism

Quest Program II: Social Skills Curriculum for Middle School Students with Autism

by JoEllen Cumpata, Susan Fell


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Why start a social skills program? The question is not why, but why not? With inclusive education becoming the norm in schools nationwide, teachers often struggle to address students’ non-academic needs, but teachers need ready-to-use lessons that won't interfere with their curriculum. Quest Program II is a social skills program created to help middle school students with autism who struggle with social skills and pragmatic language.

Developed by a school social worker and speech language pathologist, the program uses an intensive, proactive approach to teaching social skills, combining written instruction with games, activities, and student interaction. Six helpful units include:

  • School Survival Basics
  • Understanding and Managing Emotions
  • Communication Skills
  • Making Friends and Interacting with Peers
  • Personal Safety
  • Vocational Readiness
  • These can be implemented either chronologically or on their own.

    Evidence-based research supports the methods used, and students have a great time learning-by-doing, through role-play and real-world experience. Parents are kept in the loop with email updates and evaluations. Everyone wins with this program! Best of all, the book includes a CD of printable worksheets, letters, forms, and more!

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781941765098
    Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
    Publication date: 04/07/2015
    Pages: 300
    Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.00(d)
    Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

    About the Author

    JoEllen Cumpata is currently a school-based Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). She was formerly a clinical supervisor at Michigan State University, teaching classes related to providing school-based speech and language services. JoEllen also served as a clinical SLP at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston, working with adults and children. JoEllen has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.

    Susan Fell has been a school social worker for 15 years working primarily at the middle school level with students with autism, emotional, and cognitive impairments. Prior to that, Susan was a vocational counselor, youth employment coordinator, and parenting educator. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and her School Social Work Certification from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

    Table of Contents

    Unit 1: School Survival Basics
    Paying Attention
    Daily Hygiene
    Asking for Help
    Creating a Workspace and Completing Work
    Organizing Work and Using an Assignment Book

    Unit 2: Understanding and Managing Emotion
    Understanding Feelings
    Uncomfortable Feelings
    GettingAngry and Calming Down
    Stress Management
    Negotiating with Others
    Problem Solving

    Unit 3: Communication Skills
    Nonverbal Communication
    Starting a Conversation
    Keeping a Conversation Going
    Ending a Conversation
    Joining a Group Conversation
    Exiting an Uncomfortable Conversation

    Unit 4: Making Friends and Interacting with Peers
    Friends are Important
    Making and Keeping Friends
    Making Plans with Friends
    Using the Telephone
    Recognizing and Dealing with Gossiping, Bullying and Teasing
    Resisting Peer Pressure
    Participating in After-School Activities

    Unit 5: Personal Safety
    Being Home Alone
    Using the Telephone in an Emergency
    Smoke and Fire Alarm Safety
    Being Separated from My Group
    Internet and E-Mail Safety
    Driving with Friends
    Drugs, Alcohol and Dangerous Behavior

    Unit 6: Vocational Readiness
    My Skills and Interests
    Working for Others
    Creating a Flier and Applying for a Summer Job
    Accepting Suggestions and Compliments from My Employer

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