Book Reviews on Special Needs
and Disability Topics


October 2011

Review by Special Needs Almanac

A QUEST For Social Skills, For Students
With Autism or Asperger’s

JoEllen Cumpata,
MA, CCC-SLP and Susan Fell, LMSW

QUEST stands for Questioning, Understanding, and Exploring Social Skills and Pragmatic Language Together. It is a school-based social skills program. The units target skills most needed by middle school students. QUEST was designed to help middle school students who are on the autism spectrum and who need to work on social skills and pragmatic language. It is designed for teachers, therapists and social workers to implement a school-based program. The methodology utilized in QUEST has been supported by evidence-based research.

As inclusive education becomes more common, teachers sometimes struggle with some social skills and language issues of students on the autism spectrum in the inclusive classroom. QUEST provides a ready-made program that will support a more successful experience for the student and the teacher.

QUEST covers such issues as: greetings; paying attention; daily hygiene; asking for help; understanding feelings; getting angry/calming down; managing stress; starting a conversation; making and keeping friends; gossip, bullying and teasing; resisting peer pressure; dating; internet and email safety; and many more issues.


  • FAQs
  • About the QUEST Program
  • Sample Correspondence, Reports, and Forms
  • Unit 1 School Survival Basics
  • Unit 2 Understanding Emotions
  • Unit 3 Communication Skills
  • Unit 4 Making Friends and Interacting with Peers
  • Unit 5 Personal Safety
  • Unit 6 Vocational Readiness

The book also contains highly useful:

  • Reference – many useful books
  • CD with printable worksheets, letter, forms and more

About the Authors:

JoEllen Cumpata works as a speech language pathologist. She was a clinical supervisor at Michigan State University, where she taught classes related to providing school-based speech and language services. She has also worked as a speech language pathologist with adults and children at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston. Ms. Cumpata has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.

Susan Fell works as a school social worker, with focus on students with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and parent education. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Highly recommended for parents, family members and caregivers of children with autism.

Five stars out of five.

Reviewer: Special Needs Almanac

The Source for Special Needs

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