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Succeeding with Interventions for Asperger Syndrome Adolescents A Guide to Communication and Socialisation in Interaction Therapy

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Book - Succeeding with Interventions for Asperger Syndrome Adolescents A Guide to Communication and Socialisation in Interaction Therapy

by: John Harpur, Maria Lawlor and Michael Fitzgerald

About the author:

John Harpur was a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research included a multidisciplinary project on Emotional Intelligence and Asperger Syndrome.

Maria Lawlor is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Child and Family Centre, St. Mary's Hospital, Drogheda, and lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin.

Michael Fitzgerald is Henry Marsh Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. A Clinical and Research Consultant to the Irish Society for Autism and an Honorary Member of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations, he has a doctorate in the area of autism and has been a researcher in this area since 1973. He trained at St. Patrick's Hospital Dublin, Chicago Medical School, and The Maudsley Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. He has clinically diagnosed over 900 individuals with autism and Asperger's Syndrome and has served on the Government Task Force on Autism and the Family. He has contributed to National and International Journals on autism and is the author of over 120 publications. This is his thirteenth book.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-322-6

Year: 2006

Publication Info: 224pp


This vital new book presents effective strategies to tackle the specific difficulties in social interaction and communication that are experienced by adolescents with Asperger Syndrome (AS).

Focusing on the development of interaction skills through teaching social competence, the authors explain how to design an effective social skills intervention programme whose primary objective is successful peer interaction. They describe the methodology, philosophy and science underpinning their approach and include a template for a sample course currently administered over six months. Guidance is given on what resources to choose from the wide range of available intervention programmes, and many case study examples are also provided. The authors outline session formats, possible problems and solutions, and emphasise the significance of the therapist’s attitude and the role of parents in building social confidence.

This highly practical book is an excellent resource for anyone involved with designing and delivering socialisation training to adolescents with AS, from parents and teachers to counsellors and therapists.



Introduction. 1. Background Issues in Social Skills Interventions. 2. Current Thinking on Asperger Syndrome. 3. Communication and Language Issues. 4. Assembling an Intervention. 5. Video Modelling and Script Models. 6. Format of the Sessions. 7. Problems and Solution Tips. 8. Session Plans and Materials. 9. Evaluation Issues. Appendix 1: Relaxation Exercise. Appendix 2: Banned Phrases Sheet. Appendix 3: Action Plan Sheet. Appendix 4: Getting Everyone to Interact Game. Appendix 5: Charades – Ideal for AS Role Plays. Appendix 6: A Sample Script. Appendix 7: Social Effects Questionnaire. References. Index.



Throughout, the text is illustrated and lightened by some wonderful examples which bring a deeper understanding and reality to the material… The book is undoubtedly a useful resource along with other material for anyone wishing to design and lead a social skills group.


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