Social Interaction Skills Group
Two of the most significant issues that children with high-functioning autism have trouble with are social-emotional understanding and difficulties initiating social contact. These children often desire to socially engage with their peers and experience loneliness and depression when unable to engage. Their limited social and emotional understanding hinders the development of friendships and social interactions.
Children with high-functioning autism also experience difficulties with social cognition. Social cognition refers to a collection of abilities which includes interpreting verbal and nonverbal cues, recognizing social and emotional information, understanding different social behaviors and their consequences, and making inferences about another individual’s mental state. While high-functioning autistic children can recognize different and complex emotions, they have trouble explaining the causes of these emotions. These children also have trouble assigning meaning to a social interaction, instead of focusing on the details of the interaction itself.
This program involves teaching social group rules, social cues, nonverbal cues, expression of feelings, understanding the perspective of other people, and social problem-solving.