One of the more prominent challenges facing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders is an inability to relate socially and interact positively with others. Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders have a desire to have friends and behave in more socially typical ways but lack the prerequisite skills. Poorly developed social skills arise from the unfortunate synergy between underlying constitutional differences and years of lack of opportunity. Children who are considered different by others are frequently ignored, distanced, or persecuted.
We all know that improving social skills is desirable, but there is some disagreement on how to best achieve this goal. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach that is best for everyone. Research tells us that a critical element of successful social skills training is the provision of true interactive experiences. These experiences make social concepts concrete and promote generalization, as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders often have difficulty understanding how a skill applies in real life.
These groups aim at teaching and generalization of specific social skills. Individuals are grouped by age, skill level, or specific need. The following groups are currently being run by our staff:
If you are interested in participating in either of the groups being offered by the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinical and research Program, contact Candice Baugh at 212-263-5385 or email@example.com.