Autism Spectrum Disorder

How our kids become Social Heroes

How our kids become Social Heroes

Social skills may seem like an easy goal. Parents often say, “I just want him to play with his friends”, or “I want him to make friends”.  Recently I had someone say to me “he has friends at school so he doesn’t really need social skills”. Having ‘friends’ and having the skills to appropriately interact with these friends, and navigate social situations are two different things. 

Surely school will take over?

Surely school will take over?

Parents are most often of the opinion that, when their child goes to school, school will take over and they will learn what they need to know. School as it appears to parents, is the benchmark for learning.

Do children with autism learn as their peers do, or in a similar fashion? Will the youngsters ‘get it’ by placing them into a typical environment. Has their early intervention program taught them enough skills with few hours, to manage appropriately at school, given legal school entry is now pre-primary? Will school/day care teach them to model play and social skills, so they can mix with their peers successfully? Well I’d say ‘not nearly enough.’