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Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities: Over 105 Strategies, Activities and Sensory Tools for Children and Adolescents

Mary Hamrick, M.A., CCC-SLP |  Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L
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May 01, 2015
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Nationally recognized experts Tara Delaney, OTR/L and Mary Hamrick, CCC-SLP have designed this revolutionary workbook to help professionals use the sensory system to teach complex social skills and build self-awareness in children with autism, sensory processing disorder and learning disabilities.

This new framework for developing a dynamic social skills program using the sensory system is a way to explore why kids react the way they do socially. With this framework in mind, professionals can build on children’s self-awareness and social acumen.

  • Sensory-based activities for teaching social skills
  • Visualization strategies to prepare for social interactions
  • Step-by-step program for groups or therapy sessions
  • Activities to address both non-cognitive and cognitive aptitude of being social
  • Downloadable worksheets and activities
  • Can be used by teachers, professionals and parents
  • Bonus - includes 15 lessons that easily fit within a school calendar



Mary Hamrick, M.A., CCC-SLP Related seminars and products

Mary Hamrick, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who has been evaluating and providing direct service to students with special needs for more than 20 years. She is currently the director of speech for School Steps Inc. which is located in the Sacramento area. School Steps provides school based speech and occupational therapists to surrounding school districts and has a clinic in Rocklin, California. She is also the co-author, with Tara Delaney, of Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities (PESI, 2015).

Mary began her career in education as a language arts teacher and has spent the past 20 years working primarily with children with Autism, Aspergers and specific learning disabilities. She has a B.S. in Education from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, Long Beach. Mary is an accredited member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a California license in Speech Pathology. Her current interest is working with socially limited students by analyzing social interaction and its implications for school and overall success.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Mary C. Hamrick is the Director of Speech Therapy for School Steps, Inc.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary C. Hamrick is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L Related seminars and products

Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L, is a nationally known child development expert who specializes in sensory processing, autism spectrum disorders as well as learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. She is the author of three books: The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book (Sourcebooks, 2008), 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities with Mary Hamrick (PESI, 2015)

She holds a Master’s of Science in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an international speaker and her Making Sense-ory® programs are in high demand throughout the United States. Ms. Delaney is the co-chief executive officer of School Steps, Inc. as well as co-chief executive director of ABA In Action. She is also the founder/executive director of Baby Steps Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tara Delaney is in a leadership position with School Steps, Inc. and Baby Steps Therapy.  She is an author for Sourcebook, McGraw-Hill, and PESI Publishing & Media.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Tara Delaney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. 


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