In last month’s article Irina explained the importance of functional communication. Once a child learns the fundamental elements of communication, we are then in a central position to start teaching them more complex communications such as requesting for help and conversations.
As children enter the school-age years developing meaningful relationships, especially with peers becomes more important. Development milestones for this age group include developing a willingness to play cooperatively, take turns, and share as well as understanding their own feelings, developing self-regulation skills and development of more complex conversational skills. Children with autism often require additional support to acquire and improve these skills and our social clubs provide a safe and engaging environment for this to occur.