Autism Socialization

  • Use routines. Routines can help ease anxiety because the child knows what comes next.
  • Schedule play dates with kids who are typically developing. Kids learn through imitation.
  • Create stories starring your child that can prepare him/her for social settings: "Ashley goes to the park," or "Mark is going on a play date." These stories can help create expectations and also help with transitions.
  • Help your child find the words for what s/he is feeling. If your child doesn't like something another child is doing, help him/her address the situation. "I don’t like when you _______."
  • When going to the park, bring a ball or bubbles. Kids tend to love these and will come over to play. Encourage your child to ask them to play. "Want to play?" "Come play?" "Play?" Use a social phrase at their language level. When they like the activity, encourage them to ask for "more."
  • Give behavior-specific praises. "I like the way you ___." "Great job asking to play."
  • Practice what to do and say when other children say they don’t want to play. Role playing can help prepare your child for these situations.
Parenting and Advocacy, Social skills and friendship, Your young person's disability, Friendship and Social, Socialization
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