People with Autism: Building Social Skills and Real Connections

As human beings, social skills development is a necessary requirement for building meaningful connections. Don’t let signs of autism in your child deter you from using effective strategies which can still make a difference in his/her relationship building skills:

Social Skills Training: Customised training programs are best as they are able to meet the individual where he/she is on their autism journey. At Autism Intervention Specialists, which offers the best autism treatment in Dubai, all programs are tailored to suit the individual. The structure of such social skills training programs include nonverbal communication, social cues, understanding emotions and conversation skills. It goes a step ahead, with video modeling, role-playing and social stories.

Customised Approach: Every individual with autism is unique, so design interventions and strategies to their specific interests, strengths and challenges. Take cognizance and assess strategies as needed.

Visual Aids & Social Stories: Cue cards and visual charts are effective to reduce anxiety in social settings as they aid communication. Step-by-step instructions using social stories can also be used to teach the appropriate behavior that meets social expectations to a certain extent.

Family & Community Work: As an individual’s biggest influence, family can provide the most support in taking the training forward. Caregivers and community members come a close second in providing a structured, inclusive environment and making the effort to provide the necessary acceptance. Such practices are essential in all spheres such as schools, offices and other social gatherings.

Peer Group Mentors: Friendships play a considerable part in effective learning. This can be done by pairing individuals with autism with neurotypical peers. Social clubs or programs at school are good starts.

Sensory Considerations: Individuals with autism are bound to have sensory insensitivities. They have to be identified and accommodated so that it does not affect social engagement. Seek out ways to make interactions more comfortable for them instead. Sometimes, a quiet space can make all the difference.

Utilize Technology: Virtual reality and social skill apps could provide the necessary practice an individual with autism needs before a one-on-one meeting. It comes with the assurance of a safe and controlled environment for the person.

Team Activities: Focusing the attention of an individual with autism along with that of another person towards an event, activity etc fosters a cherished relationship like nothing else does. Try it right away to know the difference.

A multi-faceted approach that includes a structured, tailor made training method and inclusive environments can create a sense of belonging for individuals with autism in their communities. Each of us has a part to play in ensuring they do.

It is crucial to prioritize a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a behavior analyst or an autism treatment center in the UAE when seeking a diagnosis for a child. Early intervention and the appropriate support are pivotal in making a significant impact if the child is indeed on the autism spectrum. The information provided in the blog post offers valuable strategies and insights for fostering social skills development in individuals with autism. If you have found this information useful or have had a similar experience, we encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below. Sharing personal experiences can help create a supportive community and provide additional perspectives on navigating autism-related challenges.

Read this also: 7 Early Signs of Autism For Every Parent To Know

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Bahij Khouzami

M.Ed., BCBA, IBA | Founder

Bahij Khouzami is an expert in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) specializing in Autism. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and an International Behavior Analyst (IBA), Bahij is also a Professional Advisory Board Member of IBAO.
With a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, specializing in Autism from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, USA, Bahij has provided ABA services for schools, homes and clinics across Massachusetts, USA.
Highly skilled, Bahij has worked with multidisciplinary teams in clinical, home, nursery and school settings during his career in the United States and now in Dubai.
A passionate teacher, Bahij trains therapists, educators and parents. Through AIS, Bahij remains committed to making a positive impact in the lives of individuals with Autism.

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