I am not sure when this transition in my profession occurred, (Maybe a reader out there who has been an Speech-Language Pathologist for 20+ years can help answer this question?), but I spend a LOT of time working on social-pragmatic skills with students. And not just students with Autism.
And social-pragmatic skills are HARD to teach! Often I have a child who can follow the script in the therapy room and has 100% data in a structured, modeled environment, but has 0% carry over skills. Alternately, I have a number of children who have no interest whatsoever in learning these skills and spends the entire therapy session refusing to participate. Well, that was a waste of therapy time.
Whichever type of child you work with, I’m guessing you can agree that skills learned in a small group, highly structured setting are extremely difficult to maintain outside of that setting!
After I created my Speech & Language Homework for a Year packet, an SLP requested Social Homework to help with carryover for students with social-pragmatic goals. So I created a year’s worth of Social Skills Homework! Unlike the Speech & Language Homework, the Social homework is not divided into three levels (since every child with social difficulties is so different). There are 27 weeks worth of homework that target: Feelings, Asking about Others, Thinking about Others, Problem Solving, Idioms/Expressions, Read and Retell (with a focus on feelings and problem solving).
And since we are talking about Social-Pragmatic skills, let me remind you to please say “thank you” when you download something, especially a freebie! See my article here on tips. I’ve had over 200 downloads of my Thanksgiving Mad Libs, and yet only one person has bothered to rate it and say “thanks”. On several of my products I offer a freebie to the first five people to rate the item they bought. It’s an awesome way to get two for the price of one! Yet almost no one has taken me up on this free offer (not to mention the fact that you get TpT credits when you rate items!).