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One of the main characteristics of autism is a lack of social ability or the understanding of social cues. Individuals with autism may spend time alone rather than with others, show little interest in making friends, and be less responsive to social cues such as eye contact or facial expressions. Social skills programming may include such diverse techniques as helping an individual with autism learn to recognize facial expressions and emotions, communicate in social situations or wait in the line calmly at the grocery store. As with other autism treatments, social skills programming will vary depending on individual need. It may be part of a behavior plan supervised by a behavior specialist or a psychologist. A speech therapist may be involved if the emphasis is on social communication. For example, an adult needing to develop appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication for a job interview will require a different treatment program and professional than a school-age child learning how to take turns on the playground.
Carol Gray’s Social Stories (OASIS)
Social Stories Seminar
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