Our Book has Finally Arrived!
Check out Destination Friendship: Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Other Social Challenges which provides a comprehensive roadmap for the reader to follow when teaching friendship skills.
Here Is What Others Are Saying About Our Book:
“How many accolades are too many?
Let me briefly say: This book is brilliant!”
-Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, consultant with
The Ziggurat Group
"These ladies get it! Destination Friendship is a program both parents and children love. The concrete pictures, lessons and lists provide the children on the autism spectrum a feeling of comfort and support while they try new things. My son took this course at a local YMCA with these four authors. A child’s growth is documented in easily understood, personalized, and rewarding ways. I knew my son was understood and I saw a profound growth in his ability to socialize as a result of his participation in the program. This book would be a great asset for schools to use in inservices to help general education teachers figure out how to work successfully with kids on the spectrum. I can also see a special education teacher or other adults using it to lead a small group of kids with the activities.”
-Khyrstina Gleason, mother and elementary school volunteer
“Destination Friendship is a very noninvasive approach to teaching the skills needed to foster friendships. Not only is this book built on research-based principles, it also offers a fun and creative way to utilize these strategies. This interdisciplinary approach looks at so many different aspects of friendship building; it is phenomenal! Once you read this book, you will be inspired to use the activities right away!”
-Laura Palanzo-Sholly, MS, OTR/L, pediatric occupational therapist, Therabilities
"This book will be a wonderful resource for anyone interested in building self-esteem and developing and improving friendship and relationship skills of individuals with ASD. Any professional (SLP, OT, guidance counselor, general and special educator, etc.), family member, or community organization interested in helping individuals with social challenges make connections with others will find this book easy to read, with ready-to-use materials and activities that will help drive the development of programming. As a speech-language pathologist working in an educational setting with a growing emphasis on evidence-based practices, the table showing the link between the Destination Friendship Model and current research provided me with the knowledge and reassurance that strategies I use form this book are indeed ‘best practice’."
-Kelly McAndrew, MS, CCC-SLP, Mountain Top, PA