Taking a Closer Look at Social Skills of Autistic Children

Social skills are at the heart of what enables people successfully communicate with each other, both nonverbally and verbally. Poor social skills are manifested in an autistic child’s difficulty to maintain friends. But learning these skills is essential for them. It helps them to negotiate the trials and tribulations in later life. It’s essential for teachers to make parents understand the importance of reinforcing social skills at home. Some simple lessons, like following directions, asking for permission, or simply saying “I am sorry”, can be easily taught at a home environment. More social skills can be taught with the help of good educational apps for kids to help an autistic student pick up important survival techniques. They can also learn how to express their feelings, tolerate and accept others, and understand how they are taken by other people.

Setting up and maintaining healthy social interactions all through the life has to be promoted consistently with the help of good educational apps for kids, both at school and home.

Regular enforcement of home-school rules

Explicit expectations of behavior are taught and rewarded at school. This is done as consistently as possible. The ultimate goal is to teach students become responsible citizens. It’s a good sense to involve parental support for reinforcing the same standard at home to help autistic children learn and internalize the goals.

Consistency is the key

That’s why, in any special children classroom, teachers want parents to follow the habits and behaviors taught in school. For instance, if the teacher wants students to keep the desks, study area, and materials tidy and organized, the same behavior can be implemented at home. The teacher, as a reciprocal check, may appropriately award those students who consistently follow the same behavior both in school and home. It’s such a kind of consistent school/home set of expectations that can help an autistic child to learn desirable behaviors. He/she can then use them for their advantage in their adulthood.

Explain the concept of “readiness”

Federal laws mandate that school districts have to educate special students in local schools to the maximum possible extent. Many parents want to include their autistic children in regular classrooms because they believe their child would have greater opportunities for improving social interaction, raise self-esteem, and get a sense of belonging. These are all desirable reasons. But teachers must make parents understand that the inclusion should be carefully thought out. It must be suitable for a child’s unique needs and could possibly include a learning environment in which the children will acquire the social skills and also grasp the curriculum.

The app way

Teachers of autistic students are usually well equipped for predicting whether students will be successful in a general education program. They can do this by observing a special child over time and collecting and assessing behavioral/performance data from the current placement of the child. Introducing autistic children to some good educational apps for kids is a great idea. These apps will teach the child several preliminary things and make him/her prepare for the life ahead.


Source by Kevin Carter

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