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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more

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Brainwashed myself to think i can't carry a conversation. I lost all my social skills and I use to have very good ss and problem/s skills. Help plz!?

Brainwashed myself to think i can't carry a conversation. I lost all my social skills and I use to have very good ss and problem/s skills. Help plz!?

One approach to help: You re-group & figure out what started all this is to tell your primary care doctor about & get checked out for any medical/neurological cause. If none, (s)he'll refer to a psychologist. If you psyched yourself out, you may benefit from hypnotherapy & learning self-hypnosis to psych yourself back in, because your prosocial & coping skills are still there. Cognitive-behavioral therapy helps, too. ...Read more

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How i can improve my social skills ?

Short forum,: Long answer required. There are many aspects to being "social". The most important is not to talk about yourself unless asked. People love to talk about themselves so give them the opportunity and ask them. ...Read more

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Can I teach my child social skills at 4?

Can I teach my child social skills at 4?

Yes: Children are very intelligent and can learn many things earlier than we often give them credit. Children can learn to say please and thank you. Yes ma'am no ma'am etc. They can learn to shake hands and greet others. They can learn to wait their turn, be kind etc. ...Read more

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Do you know of social skills classes for adults?

Yes: Contact the asperger association and the autism association for recommendations for the groups that meet to help with social pragmatics (the skills necessary to be successful in social interaction). ...Read more

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How are social skills affected by being disabled?

Multiple: Disabled cannot socialize as well as the healthy can because of the limitation they experience. Some may not be able to go places they want due to mobility issues. Others have troubles expressing themselves (speaking, mimicking) and therefore cannot maintain conversations etc. Although, there may be no open stigmatization of the disabled, the hidden one still persists frequently. ...Read more

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How should I help my child practice her social skills?

How should I help my child practice her social skills?

See below: Expose her to different social situations, and model the behavior you would like to see. ...Read more

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I'm looking for social skills - I have aspergers and have never made a friend in decades?

I'm looking for social skills - I have aspergers and have never made a friend in decades?

Aspergers: I have worked with and treated several patients with aspergers. Depending on the severity of the disorder, there are a number of helpful interventions. Talking with a qualified psychologist can help you learn how to interact more effectively with others, learn to develop better interpersonal skills and live a more fulfilling life. Don't give up hope, seek treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause depression and deteriorating mental and social skills?

What can cause depression and deteriorating mental and social skills?

Multiple factors: Depression can be a result of many different factors. For example, significant relationship issues, genetics, conflicts at work, prior abuse, certain medications, death of a loved one, major life events (e.g., moving, losing a job, starting a job), serious illnesses, substance use are all associated with higher rates of depression. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a child psychologist really help a kid develop social skills?

Is it ever that a child psychologist really help a kid develop social skills?

Depends : A lot depends on the psychologist, his or her interests & how the kid connects during their sessions. I find it a helpful way for some of my patients to learn a variety of skills. ...Read more

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Can a child psychologist help a kid develop social skills, in just a few visits?

Depends: Depends how old the child and what the problems are. They will also give the parents exercises to continue to develop socials skills with your child. ...Read more

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What part of ADHD hinders the social skills like you don't know what to say and what not say?

What part of ADHD hinders the social skills like you don't know what to say and what not say?

Not tracking . . .: Inattention causes difficulty tracking conversational topics and social cues. If you are not following the conversation, it would be difficult to participate intelligently in the conversation. ...Read more

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Are aspergers people aware and bothered by the fact that they lack social skills and nay be socially awkward? Or do they not notice?

Social awkwardness: Most people with asperger's disorder want friends and to be able to join social activities. They lack social pragmatic skills. Social pragmatics can be taught. ...Read more

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11 year old who urinates self, poor grooming, and add like symptoms. Recently began soiling self. Poor social skills. Is it signs of abuse?

11 year old who urinates self, poor grooming, and add like symptoms. Recently began soiling self. Poor social skills. Is it signs of abuse?

One possibility: While abuse is one of the things in the possible reasons for this scenario, it is not the only one. There could be a neurologic problem leading to the soiling and wetting. There could be psychologic problems, with the number one disorder coming to mind being depression and/or anxiety in this age group. The kid's thyroid could be out of whack. This child needs a complete head to toe evaluation! ...Read more

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My 2yr old is in a small family daycare we love,. His language &social skills are advanced. Does he need preschool or can we wait until pre-k?

My 2yr old is in a small family daycare we love,. His language &social skills are advanced. Does he need preschool or can we wait until pre-k?

Need? No...: It sounds like your son is in a loving environment. Children his age (and older) learn through play and connection. He doesn't "need" preschool. Read to him, talk to him, explain things to him, and most of all have fun! I bet he is already getting those things at the family daycare. My vote - if you are happy where he is there is no need to change. ...Read more

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25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

25yo stay home, no friends. Anxious panic disorder. Feel way behind in life social skills life skills, hard to be alone. Had this as a child :( aspie?

Not necessarily: I am a neurologist and to my knowledge your description of things is not sufficient to diagnose Asperger syndrome though certainly some features may be present. Other things should also be looked at and ruled out. I would be happy to help direct you in this regard. Write me-www.healthtap.com/DR-Saghafi ...Read more

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Date with a doctor tonight, i'm so nervous I heard doctor social skills are bad. Trying not to get sick from being so nervous. Any advice? Maybe I should be tipsy for this? I haven't given a guy a chance with me in a long time.

Date with a doctor tonight, i'm so nervous I heard doctor social skills are bad. Trying not to get sick from being so nervous. Any advice? Maybe I should be tipsy for this? I haven't given a guy a chance with me in a long time.

Just be yourself: I am not an expert in relationship, but trying to be someone else is not a good thing. Doctors, (we are people too) like people in any other professions, some are good, some are not so good, some are excellent. So, i would not let the stereotype cause you anxiety. Be yourself. If it works out, congrats. If it is not a right match, maybe the next time. So, don't sweat! good luck. ...Read more

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How to increase social skills? I'm a a student from china.

Skills have to be: Practiced. I would start with one on one therapy, which is likely to be a bit easier for you at first. Dale carnegie courses and toastmasters can also be helpful. ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more