March 27, 2019

Breaking Down Pragmatic Communication Skills

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may experience delays in the area of pragmatics, also known as the rules for social language. Children may produce long and complex sentences and speak clearly but still have pragmatic language delays. Pragmatic communication skills There are three major communication skills associated with pragmatic language.  They are: Using language for different purposes. For… Read more »

January 23, 2019

How to Teach Perspective Taking

Perspective-taking is a term used to describe a set of skills one must have in order to effectively communicate with others in the environment. When trying to understand the complexities of social participation, perspective-taking can be broken down into four different steps. These four steps of perspective taking are part of an internal dialogue that… Read more »

December 18, 2018

Practicing Predictable Situations for Social Emotional Learning

Everyday predictable situations can be used to increase a child’s social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish and maintain relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations effectively.   It is important… Read more »

December 12, 2018

Supporting Children with Autism with Social Stories

Social Stories are short stories used as a teaching tool for children with autism that describe a potentially challenging situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses. They are written or tailored to a child with autism understand and behave appropriately in social situations. Social Stories have a specifically defined… Read more »

August 28, 2018

The Skill of Teaching Social Skills

Social skills are the skills we have to get along with other people. Social skills can be as basic as saying hello and good-bye, or smiling and making eye contact with people we know. They can also be more difficult, like the skills we use to negotiate. Some people learn social skills easily and quickly, whereas… Read more »

August 21, 2018

Social Communication Development in Toddlers

If you have ever been confused or concerned by your child’s communication and social skills, know that you’re not alone. Many parents wonder whether their child is adequately communicating and socializing with peers and adults. Communication and social interaction skills are closely connected and delays in both areas often go hand-in-hand (Gabrielsen et al., 2015)…. Read more »

May 29, 2018

A Structured Approach for Autism Intervention

Many children with autism have difficulty understanding social norms. Another term for this is the hidden curriculum: the rules and regulations that society has that are not explicitly taught. From experience, or learning you figure these rules out. However, children on the autism spectrum do not pick up on the social norms or the hidden… Read more »

July 10, 2017

The Four P’s to Developing Social Skills

As children get older, they become part of a larger social world and they begin to form relationships with other children and adults in school as well as outside of school. Being sociable helps us with resilience (the ability to withstand hard times). Children who are constantly rejected by peers are lonely and have lower… Read more »

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