When a child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD, you know how hard he or she has to work to achieve academic success in school. But is this child given a chance to practice social skills, which are also affected by ASD?
Children with ASD sometimes have a great deal of difficulty understanding social behaviors and interactions, and these skills are usually not taught directly in school. On the playground and other places at school, there are large amounts of unstructured time that leave them to sink or swim in a complex social environment.
They often have trouble:
- opening and closing a conversation.
- initiating peer interaction and joining play decoding facial expressions and body language.
- observing and imitating appropriate social behavior in specific situations.
- predicting and understanding the emotions and reactions of others.