Autism and Social Skills

Children with ASD often have problems forming meaningful relationships, especially with their peers.  They are more comfortable socializing with adults or younger children who are not so quick to judge them.

Children and adolescents with ASD also have difficulty seeing other peoples’ perspectives.  This makes compromising a difficult skill for them to master which in turn leads to increased conflict and peers not wanting to engage with them.

These same students often fixate on specific topics and do not take an interest in what other people have to say or contribute to the conversation.  Often their interests boarder on obsession and contribute to them being “shunned” from the social group.