Developing Social Skills for Children with Autism

Developing social skills is a common concern for parents of children with autism. ABA therapy emphasizes teaching and developing social skills for children with autism, utilizing a set of techniques and procedures based on the science of behavior analysis. This methodology is designed to improve a variety of skills related to social play, social language, and social intuition.

Developing Social Skills for Children with Autism

For most neurotypically-developing children, social skills come naturally. But for many children with autism, research shows that social skills need to be systematically taught. Some common social skills taught to early learners include:

  • Eye contact
  • Interactive play with others
  • Pretend and appropriate play
  • Initiating conversation
  • Turn-taking
  • Following directions
  • Identifying social cues
  • Identifying emotions
  • Empathy

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ABA therapy seeks to do this teaching of social skills by first completing an individualized assessment to determine what social skills the child currently has, followed by analyzing what skills would meet typical benchmarks for their age. The skills that the child does not have are then taught systematically.

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