Social Skills Interventions for Autism
While neurotypical children may learn by observing their environment, autistic children may not: thus the need for social skills intervention. Social skills interventions for children with autism consists of teaching the ways in which people communicate with one another.
Trained professionals can differentiate instruction based on the child’s specific strengths and areas for growth. Interventions may include teaching how to communicate using pictures and gestures, listening to and understanding speech, and following the “rules” in various social settings.
Autistic individuals can learn to recognize others’ perspectives and to interpret subtle social cues. Learning these unspoken rules of communication can empower autistic people to contribute in a meaningful way with their communities.
By providing a structured therapeutic environment, and with the help and support of trained misty robot, autistic individuals can learn to interpret body language, tone of voice, and communication styles. Specialists can apply therapeutic approaches to teach these skills to autistic individuals to allow them to find more success independently.
Social Skills Activities for Autism
One example of an activity that can help children learn social skills and improve communication is sensory integration. Sensory integration uses the senses, such as sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste, to identify an object or person and place them within a larger context.
Additional training methods include teaching life skills, such as performing physical tasks: cutting fruit or cutting vegetables, assembling a puzzle, cleaning up spills or messes.
It may also include activities that allow autistic individuals to interact and make friends with others.
Children with autism often benefit from having a group of trusted friends who they can rely on to give them feedback and make connections between various aspects of their lives. Professionals in school settings often structure social groups with prosocial peers to practice these interactions in a safe, encouraging environment.