Social Skills and Asperger’s

We live in a very social world. Children with Asperger’s want to connect with others just as much as any other child, but often do not know how. If children with Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders are going to lead normal, happy lives, they have to learn to comfortably interact with their peers.

Treatment for Asperger’s can be very successful when it is focused on helping the children learn to cope with a highly social world, even when that world seems very foreign to them. Helpful treatment plans may include play therapy, art therapy, social skills training, talk therapy, physical therapy for children with sensory integration issues, and parent training that teaches parents techniques they can practice at home to help strengthen their child’s social skills and confidence.

While it is likely that these children will always have difficulties with certain social situations and may be viewed as “quirky,” these therapeutic interventions can help them develop necessary skills for socializing and navigating the outside world.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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