Top 10 Autism Strategies for Encouraging Better Social Skills

In this article, I am going to teach you the top 10 strategies on how to help your autistic child develop social skills. With the right strategies, you can help your child reach his or her full potential when it comes to communicating with others.

In our everyday lives, we get in touch with a lot of people. The same goes with your child. He or she needs a meaningful way to interact with others. In this post, I included the top 10 autism strategies which can help you teach your child the best way to keep his conversations going.

Make sure that you will share your own autism strategy by giving your comments at the end of this post. And as you read other blog posts which will be mentioned in this article, leave your comments at the end of their posts.

Visual strategies for autism social skills: People Points


This blog entry describes a social skills training method I developed for kids with autism called “People Points.” I sell it as a curriculum kit on my website.  Here, I will provide enough basic information and downloads for you to give it a try on your own with your students/clients on the autism spectrum.

In the first four parts of this series, I described how to incorporate various visual elements (toy balance, magnets, etc) when doing teaching and psychotherapy for kids on the topic of social skills and relationships.  Young people with autism learn much better when meaningful and engaging visuals are built into the social skills lesson.  Here, I describe how you can employ another visual device, “People Points.” Below you will find basic instructions for this social skills activity.  Way at the bottom, you will find the People Points Money that you can print out to make this social skills lesson more like a social skills game.  Print out the People Points Score Board as well and leave it hanging up in your classroom/office.

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Now You Can Improve Your Communication on the Autism Spectrum


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According to Wikipedia, theory of mind is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, intents, desires, pretending, knowledge, etc.—to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions that are different from one’s own

This autism fact leads to an unintended tendency for an individual on the autism spectrum to appear very Me Centered. In other words, it often does not dawn on the person with autism Asperger’s that relationship includes being curious and interested about others’ thoughts and feelings. Additionally, individuals with autism spectrum conditions are often not aware of the effects that people’s physical gestures have on understanding and maintaining communication.

Today, I’m sharing a vital concept contributed by Michelle Garcia Winner, author of Thinking About You, Thinking About Me : it’s the concept and skill of Whole Body Listening.

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Behavioral therapies can help someone with autism


Jeffrey Wood, Ph.D.

Today’s “Got Questions?” answer comes from clinical psychologist Jeffrey Wood, Ph.D., of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles. The recipient of three Autism Speaks grants, Wood has extensively studied anxiety in elementary school and adolescent children with autism.

Several types of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have been developed to address anxiety in children with ASD, with promising results from several clinical research centers. Techniques include challenging negative thoughts with logic, role-play and modeling courageous behavior, and hierarchical (step by step) exposure to feared situations.

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Destination Friendship – Developing Social Skills for Individuals with Autism 


What is Destination Friendship?

At Destination Friendship, we believe that friendships are one of the most vital aspects of the human experience. Research tells us that individuals who have friends are likely to be happier, healthier and live longer than those who do not. Additionally, friendships are critical in helping us learn and polish important skills like cooperation, negotiation, and conflict resolution. These skills remain crucial across our entire lifespan and eventually impact success in areas such as employment and independent living.

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Overcoming Challenges Associated with Autism in the Classroom


This blog post reveals a lot of ways on how to overcome challenges in autism such as Cognitive Processing Delays, Sensory Perception Issue and Social Skill Deficits.

Graduate student Arlene Bradley-Lester works with autistic child at his home.

Social skill deficits can make a student with Autism, the odd child out. Without training and sufficient mindfulness, even well meaning teachers might slip into intimidating and sometimes even bullying behavior with the child who is always lagging behind and just odd.

Teachers need to understand that the emotional affect that comes naturally to most of us may need to be taught to children with Autism. Teenagers with Asperger’s, especially girls, will often talk about how they learned how to react to and engage others by imitating what they refer to as neurotypical behavior. And like anything learned by rote rather than intuited, those behaviors may at times feel forced and not especially fluid or natural.

If you want your autistic child to overcome social challenges, learn from the expert by reading through her post at

Summer Break: What Zak Will Be Doing and Ideas for Other Children with Autism


School is almost out which means summer break is fast approaching.  I wanted to share what Zak will be doing this summer to hopefully help you get some good ideas on what to do with your kiddos.  Summer is a time for fun, but it is a great time to continue to work towards your child’s goals towards improvement.  You do not need to sacrifice fun for working towards goals.  Zak will continue with his regular therapies (see the What We are Doing page) but with school out, he has more time in his schedule to allow him to really focus on an area of weakness for him and most all children with Autism:  Social Skills.  This is an area we continue to put a great portion of our focus.  Social skills are critical to function in society & Zak struggles with components of social interaction, especially self regulation

Learn how this Zac, an autistic child overcome his weakness in social skills. Visit

Early Detection of Autism Encouraged


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Read through this blog post and learn how an early detection of autism can help a person develop his or her social skills in the beginning.

CHICAGO (AP) — At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn’t respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why. She has a mild form of autism, a diagnosis being given to more U.S. children than ever before, largely because of more awareness and better diagnosis.

According to new government statistics, the rate is about 1 in 88. That means autism is nearly twice as common as it appeared in data the government gathered 10 years ago. The largest increases are in Hispanic kids like Cristina.

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He Doesn’t Allow His Autism To Define Him


Learn and understand how early-intervention therapy can help improve social skills of an autistic child.

Autism Today

Tristan Braverman,

Lawrence Woodmere Academy junior Tristan Braverman, center, who has autism, credited his parents, Steve and Stacy, for providing him with early-intervention therapy as a child, which greatly improved his social skills. Tristan Braverman, a junior and a varsity basketball player at Lawrence Woodmere Academy, used to blend in with the rest of the student body, but after being featured in the May/June issue of ESPNHS magazine, his teammates and fellow classmates learned something about him they didn’t know.

When Braverman, now 16, was 15 months old, his parents, Stacy and Steve, would call his name but he wouldn’t respond. “The doctor told me to put his high chair in the kitchen, facing away from me, and to go up behind him and slam pot covers together to see if he would respond — and he didn’t move,” Stacy recalled. “We thought he was deaf.”

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Social Skills and Autism


People on the autism spectrum often have issues with social interactions. Often, a person on the spectrum has difficulty with basic social skills. How do you work on your social skills or the skills of your child? What tips do you have and what strategies do you use to improve this skill set?

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Solution Chart for Social Difficulties for Autistic People


This chart identifies issues with social and communication skills for people on the autism spectrum and strategies to help the person. It is important to give consideration to the unique learning characteristics of a person, to provide support when needed, and to build on the person’s many strengths. Also, if you are unsure of the process of how to teach a concept to a person on the autism spectrum, it would be helpful to read the article The Steps in the Process of Learning for a Person on the Autism Spectrum.

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