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Doctor insights on: Autism Social Skills Kindergarten

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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 (Definition)

Autism is 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 genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more