"S.O.S. Social Skills in Our Schools: A Social Skills Program for Verbal
Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Their Typical
Peers" by Michelle Dunn is an innovative approach to social skills
learning. Despite the often serious deficits children with pervasive
developmental disorders exhibit, most schools do not provide social
skills intervention through trained therapists to these students.
However, simply exposing children with PDD to typically developing
children does little to develop their social skills. They do not learn
appropriate social interaction by 'osmosis'. The widely tested S.O.S.
program addresses this issue head-on. Operating on a schoolwide basis,
the S.O.S. program consists of four major components that come together
to increase the social skills of children with PDD as well as create
tolerance and a sense of fairness among typical children: pull-out
social skills lessons for children with PDD, social skills lessons in
the classroom for all children, peer mentoring and parent information.