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Social Challenges and Social Skills Interventions 

Social Challenges and Social Skills Interventions
Social Challenges and Social Skills Interventions

Michelle Lubetsky

, Melissa Smiley Jacobson

, and Benjamin L. Handen

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date: 26 October 2020

One of the hallmarks of ASD is the atypical development of social relatedness. However, it is important to understand the etiology of social skill deficits in order to provide compassionate and competent treatment. Many people with ASD have a combination of skills and weaknesses that, together, cause a unique range of social skill difficulties. Social skill deficits are rooted in social learning theory and are the hallmark of the characteristics of an individual with ASD. When these challenges are significant, they can lead to misunderstandings that often trigger: anxiety, frustration, anger, or even inappropriate social behavior. Instruction and cognitive strategies are available to improve social competency. Social skill intervention must begin with assessment and it must be interactive for students to comprehend the message. Just like learning any new skill, progress toward meaningful goals should be monitored and evaluated.

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