Autism And Social Skills - Where's the Best Place for Socialization? © 2010
Autism And Social Skills - Where's the Best
Place for Socialization?
Written by: Autism Advisor
Autism And Social Skills
Your child has autism and you’ve continued imparted upon so social skills deficits are to be
expected. So how can you do to help your child learn how to behave properly, make friends,
and get along in the world? Like me, you may undergo carried on imparted upon such a your
child needs to be in a school setting with some children to be socialized. Let’s ponder for a
time how sort of social skills a child through autism may learn in school.
1. In a school or classroom setting, your child is exposed to both positive and negative
socialization. This isn’t really debated by any of us who have been in school. The question is
whether or not the “good” socialization outweighs the “bad” socialization.
2. There are typically two placements for children with autism when it comes to schools.
Each comes with its own drawbacks as far as social skills are concerned. For those who are
lower-functioning, there is the special ed classroom. If your child is placed in a special ed
class, they may actually pick up negative behaviors from the other students. Children who
have never said a bad word in their lives come home with all sorts of words that the parents
know they didn’t teach their child.
Or maybe a child who wasn’t aggressive previously starts imitating the hitting, biting, or
screaming of a classmate. That’s not what I think most parents are hoping for when they are
told to put their child in school to learn social skills. If your child is higher-functioning, they
may be mainstreamed in a regular ed classroom. Will the typical behaviors of their peers be
the positive socialization you hoped for? Unfortunately, many times children with autism
become an easy target for bullies who cause them physical and emotional harm.
Other classmates, who may be nice enough themselves, may still go along with cruel jok