05 April,2017 | 3 years read
Each child or individual on the autism spectrum is unique, each having their own strengths and needs. As a challenge, parents and families must address them and seek for an individualized treatment plan. These treatment options for Autism Spectrum Disorder could range from a multifaceted treatment that ranges from speech and language therapy to behavioral interventions, medication and even special diets. One such intervention one should consider is social skills training.
Children or individuals with autism spectrum disorder lack observable knowledge of social ability. In social skills training the children or individuals learn to social engagement and interaction. They become reciprocal, recognize emotions in others, be empathetic and have the ability to facilitate divided attention. This results in them being socially competent.
Social skills therapists are speech therapists, occupational therapists psychologists, and social workers specialized to work with autistic children. Their techniques help to build social interaction skills that range from basic skills (like making eye contact) to complex and subtle skills (like asking for a job).
Here are some social skills in Autistic Spectrum Disorder:
With the help and guidance of a theatre instructor, individuals improve skills such as eye contact, gestures, voice projection. A major improvement is noticed and seen from the first class performance to the final performance. Individuals with ASD are better able to maintain eye contact. Theatre helps the child or individual understand social cues, making eye contact and improve their vocal and movement abilities.
Neurofeedback is a research-proven way to help improve brain functioning through brain training exercises. The philosophy of this is quite simple yet effective. In neurofeedback, you learn to later your brain activity the same way you learn every other skill. Neurofeedback for autism spectrum disorders focuses on improving the processing of social and sensory information on reducing activation of emotional networks.
Social Stories are brief and personalized stories written for children or individuals with ASD. These stories help them to understand social situations. A variety of social instances help the child or individual understand a social situations both positive and stressful encounter. The aim here is to better their insight and help guide their future behavior.
Comic Strip Conversations involve writing conversations to help the child learn the social rules.
Social scripts encompass common social situations that help children or individuals with ASD to initiate social conversation and contact.
Virtual Reality Treatment entails using virtual-reality programs, software or videos to teach and educate children or individuals with ASD complex social skills like assessing emotions in people, understanding facial expressions and recognizing the tone in the voice.
Not all skills are inborn to us. Just like riding a bicycle takes time and so does social skills training. Being supportive and showing patience towards your child or family member is the best help you can provide. It may take their time to build on their social skills.
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