Does Your Child Desire Friendships But Lack The Skills To Initiate And Respond To Social Interactions?
Children with autism want to interact socially with their peers. However, they lack the social understanding and the ability to engage in reciprocal (back-and-forth) social interactions. To overcome their social weaknesses, they require an intervention that focuses on teaching social cognition, emotional understanding, and social interaction. They need to develop the abilities to:
- Easily read and accurately understand spoken and unspoken social and emotional cues;
- Start and respond to social conversations with peers in natural settings;
- Consider other people’s beliefs, desires, intentions, and emotions, so they can predict behaviors; and
- Practice conflict-resolution skills in real-life situations.