Social Skills Development for Kids with Autism
A primary characteristic of autism is limited social skills; children who are on the Autism Spectrum often have difficulty initiating social interactions, lack understanding of discourse and nonverbal communication, and at times are unable to sustain social interactions.
Children may have delays in learning social skills and may have limited ability to read facial expressions. Social skill limitations may also relate to overall cognitive competence, sensory modulation difficulties, or language delays. Additionally, these children may have stereotypic behaviors as well as disruptive behaviors that hinder social interaction and can also cause other children to fear them.
Social skills groups offer opportunities for children as well as adolescents to practice social interaction, sharing, turn-taking whilst developing social and communication skills.
Occupational Therapist and Social Skills Development:
- Occupational therapist frequently administers social skills groups, particularly with pre-adolescents and adolescents.
- Also, they establish rules and a format for the group
- Then they create an environment in which children are comfortable interacting.
- They also frequently include children without autism as well as those who may on the spectrum.
- They focus on areas of Initiating and modeling social interaction.