Then I went home and played with my dogs a little before crackin' open the ol' computer and checking on the blogs I follow. There was one from Jill Kuzma, check out her blog here, who is an SLP in Minnesota that specializes in social skills. Her blog is filled with all kinds of tips and tricks related to social skills and language, as well as book reviews, etc and her blog has been incredibly useful to me when I have needed help with certain social skills I was addressing with my students.
This is one area where I feel more comfortable. I plan to explicitly teach social skills 3-4 days a week, and then embed it throughout the day. I have ordered materials and books from Michelle Garcia Winner's website which you can access here because Jill Kuzma has recommended them for students with Autism. When I checked out Ms. Winner's website I was truly impressed. She comes highly recommended by co-workers in my district too, so I look forward to getting the materials and figuring out how to use them. I was a little concerned at first that her materials might be a little "young" for my middle schoolers, but I have been assured that it will be perfect for them.
One of the blessings of Jill Kuzma's site has been her link to youtube videos which address specific behaviors. Since my students have always been visual learners, I often started my social skills groups with short clips that addressed the topic at hand, before we started on seat work or role plays. I am not certain how this will all play out with my new students, but I am glad I have this as a resource. She includes a very brief description of each video with what social skill it addresses and then a link. Here's a link to that part of her blog.
I hope you find something you can use in either of these websites.