• I think that is difficult because if they have Asperger's or Autism they lack the awareness of social interactions. Incidental teaching is probably the best route to go here. Taking that child into the community and helping them act "socially" will help them ease into society. (I have been an ABA therapist for 5 years)
  • I have Asperger's Syndrome. Short Answer: Practice till positively infinite passage of time occurs. Long Answer: I learned social skills intellectually through books, careful observation and experimentation. I practiced in social situations once I had my protocols ready for application. I kept practicing. And practicing. Still practicing. Eventually I developed a learned intuition, similar to the intuition a mathematician develops with practice for doing proofs. People are still difficult for me but I often pass for being just moderately eccentric at my university.
  • Those with AS will typically figure out that there's something wrong with them, that they're different. (I didn't find out about AS until I was 18 and I started crying because, hearing the description, I knew "that's me".) I had taken acting classes as a child and did well because I was good at mimicry. I'd sit and observe interaction in my teens, even taking notes, and try to fit in. I was lucky in that I don't speak in monotone. My trouble is trying to figure out how to act in new social situations. I thought that it was interesting that I took a psychology course in highschool and AS wasn't even touched upon and autism was only briefly mentioned. If you constantly observe, you can pick some things up and you can eventually extrapolate, but I don't think it's the same thing as a normal person's intuition. (Then again, people react differently in certain situations.)
  • So is it better to learn by failing in social skills or is it better to be guided by someone all the time? However, i was never good at catching social hints or some may call it 'the unspoken rules'. Regardless, we all need to learn this shit one way or the other, but the question is HOW?
  • Social skills can be taught like many other skills. Often times pragmatic/social language skills are things that we pick up, and just learn by interacting with others. For individuals with Asperger's, these skills don't always come naturally. They can be taught through social interactions, modeling, and observations.

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