Joel Shaul specializes in mental health services for children and teens on the autism spectrum.
In his work with children on the autism spectrum in various settings, Joel has noticed a need for more engaging social skills curricula, stronger visual components and more compelling social skills learning activities. His six illustrated children’s books, including The Conversation Train and The Green Zone Conversation Book, are published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Joel provides dozens of free social skills downloads on this website.
Through Autism Teaching Strategies, Joel has provided dozens of trainings nationwide on the topics of social skills teaching and effective counseling for children with high functioning autism.
He received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. Prior to his mental health career, Joel was a community organizer with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone where he helped to build a midwife clinic and develop a health education curriculum for primary schools.