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Treatments for Improving Social Skills

Social and communication skill deficits are at the very heart of what it means to be autistic. Social skills range from simple sharing to complex reading of emotional cues and body language. A number of different treatments can be effective in building social skills at all levels.

Drama Therapy for Autism
Drama therapy is an old idea, but it's a relatively new way to help people with autism build and practice social skills.

Improving Social Thinking in Children with Autism
Children with high functioning autism and Asperger syndrome look like anyone else - until they get into a social situation. It's then that their differences become serious challenges. How do you teach children to interact in a social situation?

What Are Social Stories? How Can Social Stories Help People with Autism?
Social Stories were developed by therapist Carol Gray to help people with autism to build social skills. What are social stories? How do they help people with autism to develop social skills?

Do Social Stories Help Children with Autism Improve Social Skills?
Social stories are short, carefully crafted stories written to help children (and adults) with autism to navigate specific situations. Research suggests that they really do make a difference in helping children with autism manage the challenges of daily life.

Sample Social Story About Managing Angry Feelings
Deb Gordon of Reisterstown, MD created this social story to help her son develop better anger management skills. It's a great example of how a mom can use the tools created by social skills specialists to support her child's specific needs!

Sample Social Story: Making Good Choices
Deb Gordon of Reisterstown, MD created this social story to help her son learn to make good choices. It's a great example of how a mom can use the tools created by social skills specialists to support her child's specific needs!

Sample Social Story About Eating Dinner
Deb Gordon of Reisterstown, MD created this social story to help her son develop better table manners. It's a great example of how a mom can use the tools created by social skills specialists to support her child's specific needs!

Behavioral Tools for Teaching Social Skills and Social Thinking
Learn how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is used for teaching both social skills and social thinking to children with autism.

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