Special Education Advocate

Holly Correa has been an educator for over 20 years. She has a M.A. in Educational Leadership, a California Administrative Services credential, in addition to a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. Her experience teaching students with spectrum challenges such as Asperger’s and Autism, combined with her experience facilitating the IEP process, make her an excellent child advocate. On a personal note, Holly is the mother of a child with high functioning autism and has advocated on his behalf throughout his life. She understands first-hand the impact having a special needs child places on the family, and is passionate about finding just the right combination of support so that everyone thrives.

Please call Holly for your Southern California Advocacy needs. 805 512-2034

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Rene Thomas Folse, JD, Ph.D.

I am an attorney at law and licensed psychologist (PSY 11415) in California.

I have had over thirty five years of experience with disabled adults and children.

I have created this site to help provide useful news and information for parents, educators and advocates. I am retired from professional practice, however if you need further information you may contact Pause4KIDS my affiliated non-profit organization here.

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Normal People Scare Me: A Film About Autism

Catalog of Social Skills Books

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Social Skills: 12 Sneaky Hacks to Elevate Your Conversation Skills, Charm Anyone, & Lead An Incredible Social Life (Even if you have Crippling Fear & Anxiety) (Human Psychology Series) (Volume 3)

Author: Mark Von Eriksson
Publication Date:2017-05-04
List Price:$15.38
Lowest New Price:$10.84

Discover The 12 Sneaky Hacks to Elevate Your Conversation Skills, Charm anyone, & Lead an Incredible Social Life (Even if you have Crippling Fear & Anxiety)!

In order to survive, communication is crucial… in order to be a respected person of significance in society, one has to know how to communicate to others in a powerful way. By effectively building connections and forging relationships, you will go on to lead a thriving successful life with a rich array of opportunities. This is book is for you if you seek to engage in striking up a conversation with anyone, charm and magnetise them into your reality… Even if you feel you have crippling fear and anxiety in social situations. Without effective conversation skills, one will forever remain an anonymous wallflower in the eyes of society… They will always feel they don’t belong, and they will always walk through the world with the utmost display of low self confidence, low value, and weakness. On the other hand, the person who can engage others in a charming, attractive way will be the one who is liked and respected more, and serve a source of authority and inspiration to all. Not to mention also become a figure of influence, and have windows of endless opportunities open up to them in regards to money, connections, dating potentials, and more…

In This Book You Will Discover:

ï The Social Science of Likability & Boosting Your Natural Ability to Charm Anyone ï 5 Ways to Annihilate Your Fears & Anxieties & Skyrocket Your Confidence to Unprecedented Levels! ï The RIGHT Way to Learn & Practice Your Conversation Skills For Maximum Results ï The Unfair Advantages You Will Soon Possess That Will Put You LIGHT YEARS Ahead of Your Peers In Life & At Work ï How The Small Tweaks You Can Make To Your Conversation Skills Can Revolutionise Your Social Life Forever! ï and Much, much more!

So Go Ahead! Grab Your Copy & Start Reading Today!

The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations, and Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are

Author: Chris MacLeod MSW
Publication Date:2016-01-19
List Price:$19.95
Lowest New Price:$13.76

You think your social life could be better. You’ve felt shy as long as you can remember. Your conversations have more awkward moments than you’d like. Maybe you don’t need a ton of friends, but you’d like to have some people to hang out with on occasion. You want to make changes, but you don’t know where to start. Lots of people have been in your shoes, so you’re hardly a lost cause, and it’s never too late to turn things around. The Social Skills Guidebook gives you insights into your interpersonal struggles and behaviors, and offers hands-on advice for developing and improving your people skills.

The Social Skills Guidebook goes into detail about solving the three core areas that hold people back socially:

1) Mental barriers including shyness, social anxiety, and low self-confidence
2) Less developed conversation skills
3) A lack of friends and an unsatisfying social life

If you look at the people who are socially comfortable in your school or workplace and want what they have, know that you can achieve social success like theirs without losing yourself in the process. You can remain true to your personality and pursue your favorite interests while conquering the attitudes that hold you back, improving your conversation skills, and learning how to make friends. With practice, time, and patience, you can create the kind of social life you want for yourself.

The Social Skills Guidebook covers topics including:

• Changing counterproductive thinking that stands in the way of your social confidence
• Becoming comfortable with your social fears by facing them in a gradual, manageable way
• Improving your self-esteem
• Navigating the different parts of a conversation
• Getting past awkward silences
• Interacting in one-on-one and group conversations
• Learning how to listen to others and respond appropriately
• Identifying other people’s nonverbal cues and being aware of your own
• Finding potential friends and making plans with them
• Deepening your friendships
• Keeping your progress going
• Improving your social skills if you have Asperger’s syndrome

The Social Skills Guidebook is written by Chris MacLeod, the author of the extensive, well-visited, free site on interpersonal skills SucceedSocially.com. This book contains all of the site's key advice in a tight, organized, polished package.

Improve Your Social Skills

Author: Daniel Wendler
Publication Date:2014-09-12
List Price:$11.99
Lowest New Price:$10.04
Anyone can learn social skills. Improve Your Social Skills is here to help.

Improve Your Social Skills is a comprehensive guide to social skills. It explains topics like conversation and body language in practical, easy-to-apply lessons. Think of it like an owner's manual for your social life.

I wrote it to share the discoveries that helped me overcome to social challenges of Asperger's Syndrome. See, when I was growing up I was the most awkward kid you could ever hope to meet. But one day, I decided to study social skills deliberately, like you might study a foreign language. I looked for patterns that might explain the way people behaved, techniques I could use to connect with others, and metaphors I could use to make sense of it all. I poured thousands of hours into study, observation, and practice.

And it paid off. I learned how to connect with others, and started filling my life with incredible friendships. I still make the occasional mistake, of course. But now I have the confidence to shrug off awkward moments without getting anxious.

I cracked the code, in other words. And I wrote Improve Your Social Skills to teach you everything that I learned.

Inside, you'll learn how to....

  • Make Conversation (and keep conversation flowing smoothly!)

  • Read Body Language (and send positive signals with your own body language!)

  • Meet New People (and make friends with them!)

  • Tell Stories In Conversation (that don't bore your audience!)

  • Combat Shyness And Social Anxiety (A little courage every day adds up!)

  • Date Successfully (without manipulation or sneaky tricks!)

  • And More! (seriously -- this book is 222 pages!)

  • Ok, enough with the bullet points.

    I'm Dan Wendler, and I wrote the book. I wrote it because I know what it's like to feel awkward and alone, and I don't want anyone to feel that way if I can help it.

    Improve Your Social Skills contains everything I learned over the past 10 years. The advice in this book has literally changed my life, and transformed me from a lonely kid sitting alone in the cafeteria to a confident man surrounded by dear friends.

    Give it a chance, and it might just change your life too.

    Social Skills Activities for Secondary Students with Special Needs

    Author: Darlene Mannix
    Publication Date:2009-02-02
    List Price:$32.95
    Lowest New Price:$19.91
    A flexible, ready-to-use activities program to help special students in grades 6-12

    The updated new edition of this valuable resource offers an exciting collection of 200 ready-to-use worksheets to help adolescents build the social skills they need to interact effectively with others and learn how to apply these skills to various real-life settings, situations, and problems. The book provides 20 complete teaching units focusing on 20 basic social skills, such as being a good listener, "reading" other people, and using common sense.

    Social Rules for Kids-The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed

    Author: Susan Diamond M.A.
    Publication Date:2011-06-20
    List Price:$23.95
    Lowest New Price:$13.27
    Many parents are not sure of what to say and do to help their children improve their social interactions. Social Rules for Kids - The Top 100 Social Rules Kids Need to Succeed helps open the door of communication between parent and child by addressing 100 social rules for home, school, and the community. Using simple, easy-to-follow rules covering topics such as body language, manners, feelings and more, this book aims to make students lives easier and more successful by outlining specific ways to interact with others on a daily basis.

    Social Skills Activities for Special Children

    Author: Darlene Mannix
    Publication Date:2008-12-15
    List Price:$32.95
    Lowest New Price:$16.79
    A flexible, ready-to-use program to help special students in grades K-5 learn appropriate ways to behave among others

    The revised and updated second edition of this bestselling resource book provides ready-to-use lessons--complete with reproducible worksheets--to help children become aware of acceptable social behavior and develop proficiency in acquiring basic social skills. The book is organized around three core areas crucial to social development in the primary grades: Accepting Rules and Authority at School, Relating to Peers, and Developing Positive Social Skills. Each lesson places a specific skill within the context of real-life situations, giving teachers a means to guide students to think about why the social skill is important. The hands-on activity that accompanies each lesson helps students to work through, think about, discuss, and practice the skill in or outside of the classroom.

    Social Skills Matter!, Grades PK - 2: Social Narrative Mini-Books

    Author: Christine Schwab
    Publication Date:2014-01-15
    List Price:$27.99
    Lowest New Price:$17.43
    Help your students learn how to communicate effectively, make good choices, and practice appropriate behavior with Social Skills Matter! This book includes over 80 reproducible mini-books for children to assemble, color, read, and make their own. Each mini-book focuses on a different facet of important social skills including cooperative play, learning about feelings, communication, school-day behavior, manners, and behavior management. Mastery of these essential social skills can be a factor in determining a child’s future success, social acceptance, and happiness. Features: *Developmental tasks for communication, emotions, manners, relationships, and daily living skills *Multisensory activities that shape behavior through auditory, visual, and tactile senses.

    The Social Success Workbook for Teens

    Author: Barbara Cooper MPS
    Publication Date:2008-05-01
    List Price:$14.95
    Lowest New Price:$6.98

    Making friends is a skill like any other-there are rules to follow, ways to measure your progress, and reasons why some people are better at it than others. Although it may seem like this skill comes naturally to those who don't have Asperger's disorder, nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), or other problems relating to others, the reality is that even the most popular people must constantly hone their abilities in order to make new friends and keep the friends they already have. This workbook includes forty activities you can do to recognize and use your unique strengths, understand the unspoken rules behind how people relate to each other, and improve your social skills.

    After completing the activities in this workbook, you will discover that you can get along with others and build friendships despite the challenges you face. All you need is the confidence to be yourself while still keeping the feelings of others in mind.

    Social Skills: How to overcome your shyness, raise your EQ and communicate effectively

    Author: Mike Bray
    Publication Date:2017-04-15
    List Price:$21.00
    Lowest New Price:$21.00
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    Every day, we use our social/interpersonal skills. It is natural for a human being, to be around other people, yet we seem to fail to behave properly when we are around strangers - whether it is because of our anxiety, lack of communication skills or less developed emotional intelligence. This often leads to depression or small self-confidence or even worse mental problems, so it is very important to learn how to act in different situations.

    Mike Bray
    Mike is well known for being a personal gym coach, but it does not end over here. Throughout his life, he was observing both parts of a human body - physical and mental. After years of gaining experience, he decided to teach other people about their bodies. This book, is a bundle of his 3 books : Social anxiety: Ultimate guide to overcome your shyness and fear, Conversation: 7 communication techniques and tactics to win small talks and Emotional Intelligence: 10 steps to raise your EQ level.

    Summary of what you get by buying this book:
    • Importance of social skills
    • Guide to overcome anxiety
    • Tips how to communicate effectively
    • How to raise your EQ level
    • Real life situations and solutions to everyday social problems
    • Call to action
    Social skills are something that should be taught in school, yet it is becoming more natural to just put headphones instead of talking to people around. That is the reason why you should give this book a chance and learn how to become proper mentally-developed human being.

    The Social Skills Picture Book Teaching play, emotion, and communication to children with autism

    Author: Jed Baker
    Publication Date:2001-01-01
    List Price:$39.95
    Lowest New Price:$20.98
    Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this book uses photographs of students engaging in a variety of real-life social situations. The realistic format plays to the visual strengths of children with ASD to teach appropriate social behaviors. Color photographs illustrate the ""right way"" and ""wrong way"" to approach each situation and the positive/negative consequences of each. A facilitator (parent, teacher, etc.) is initially needed to explain each situation, and ask questions such as ""What is happening in this picture?"" Children role-play skills until confident enough to practice them in real-life interactions.

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