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Doctor insights on: Social Skills Icebreakers For Autistic Children

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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My 7 year autistic son only talks when he wants something. He has very little social skills. Will he ever be able to live independently as adult?

My 7 year autistic son only talks when he wants something. He has very little social skills. Will he ever be able to live independently as adult?

Prognosis for kids: With autistic spectrum disorder depends on level of cognition, degree of ASD & early response to therapy. Studies show 14-44% favorable outcomes. (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3619174/). Having early communication & a full scale iq > 70 (stable from ~ age 7) are favorable. Social/adaptive skills remain.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Vivek Prasad Dr. Prasad
Psychiatry
12 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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What would happen to autistic prodigies if there was a cure? They would lose their special skills, right?

What would happen to autistic prodigies if there was a cure? They would lose their special skills, right?

Maybe: We're always working on the cure though so you shouldn't worry too much. Http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cure_for_autism a fact sheet identifies the prevalence of savant abilities in the autistic population as 10% in comparison to 1% of the non-autistic population. Www.autism-help. Org/autism-savant. I have an interest in autism and have published a brief letter in pediatrics on autism.

Dr. Timothy Gunn Dr. Gunn
Clinical Psychology
9 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Why do some autistic people have selected good skills?

Why do some autistic people have selected good skills?

Brain Functioning: Researchers do not know for certain, although some propose that parts of the brain are underdeveloped which allows other parts to function exceptionally well. For example, because the verbal parts are underdeveloped, the memory areas are able to function far better than normal. You should also look up the term "synesthesia, " which may allow for the exceptional skills of some people with autism

Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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What to do if I am an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills.?

What to do if I am an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills.?

Role play: Work with a therapist to do role play therapy so you can practice your skills - they don't come naturally to you, so you have to practice, practice. Also, make a conscious effort to look people in the eye when communicating. This will help you in starting to read facial expression and cues when people are communicating with you.

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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I'm an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills. Is there anyone who can help?

I'm an minor autistic adult and want to fix my communication skills. Is there anyone who can help?

Yes. Jewish Social: Service agency, http://www. Jssa. Org/autismcenter#social_clubs_teens_adults, has group therapy for adults with level 1 autistic spectrum disorder throughout maryland. Books on social communication are available on the future horizons website. Give them both a try!

Dr. William Singer Dr. Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
47 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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I've seen a few psychologists who do social skill training for autistic people at a very high price. Is there any other option?

I've seen a few psychologists who do social skill training for autistic people at a very high price. Is there any other option?

Social pragmatics: In addition to individual treatment, there are social pragmatics groups that give people an opportunity to socially interact and discuss their concerns. These groups give an opportunity to try out different approaches to managing social situations. You might contact the aspergers association and autism association for recommendations for these groups.

Dr. Lisa Rankin Dr. Rankin
ADHD & Autism
21 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Martin Morell Dr. Morell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
25 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

There: May be some jobs out there that are, but sometimes the autistic mind can outperform piers if they are able to get by with some basic ability and training. Keep looking, there is something out there!

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Susan Uhrich Dr. Uhrich
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Alcohol help to increase one's social skills?

Alcohol help to increase one's social skills?

No,: However, alcohol causes disinhibition and may decrease anxiety. The decrease in anxiety may help with social skills, but the disinhibition can cause really poor judgement which could lead to many faux pas.

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Dr. Leto Quarles Dr. Quarles
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Nature or nurture as cause of impaired social skills?

Nature or nurture as cause of impaired social skills?

Many reasons: Some mental illnesses and neurological conditions may make it harder, but in the end, social skills are just that - skills. Some perfectly healthy people don't learn the same social skills as us growing up, for example if they came from a troubled childhood or just a culture that is very different from ours. The good news is that skills can always be learned and improved at any time in our lives!

Dr. Leto Quarles Dr. Quarles
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Is there a disease that causes impaired social skills?

Is there a disease that causes impaired social skills?

Many reasons: Some mental illnesses and neurological conditions may make it harder, but in the end, social skills are just that - skills. Some perfectly healthy people don't learn the same social skills as us growing up, for example if they came from a troubled childhood or just a culture that is very different from ours. The good news is that skills can always be learned and improved at any time in our lives!

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Dr. Lawrence Smith Dr. Smith
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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My social skills with people are bad because I am caustic?

My social skills with people are bad because I am caustic?

Improve Your Skills!: Being frequently critical or sarcastic in interactions with others can be wearing on them and can be a way of distancing yourself from others. Fortunately, there are good books on improving social skills. For example, "how to win friends and influence people, " first published in 1936, and still in print today, provides simple lessons in social skills. Counseling can also be helpful.

Dr. Shabbir Hossain Dr. Hossain
Internal Medicine
12 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Any ideas on how to improve social skills through physical activity?

Any ideas on how to improve social skills through physical activity?

Group activities?: Walkathons or similar events dedicated to specific causes are a great way to get exercise and meet people with similar interests.

Dr. Neal Schwartz Dr. Schwartz
Family Medicine
16 years in practice
University Rene Descartes (Paris V) U.F.R. of Medicine Cochin-Port Royal
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I m weak in socialising. What can I do to improve my social skills??

I m weak in socialising. What can I do to improve my social skills??

Hello :): Hi, Consider social skills an art like any other. Similar to guitar or tennis, it takes loads of practice and forcing yourself into social situations to become masterful. My recommendation is to PRACTICE everywhere you go. Start simple like trying to charm up your waiter or sales clerk. They're easy pickins for practice! :) -Dr. Neal Schwartz

Dr. Susan Uhrich Dr. Uhrich
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I am in med school. Should I be going to great lengths to work on my social skills?

Yes!: The better your social skills, the better you will relate to your patients!

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

How could persons with asperger's have good verbal skills, and yet poor social skills?

Our brain receives: And processes information through various parts of the brain, e.g., the speech center is in the left hemisphere and emotionality is in an area known as the libmic system. Verbal skills are highly developed in one part and recognition of nonverbal cues from face, tone of voice, etc. Are not as well developed, thus creating some social issues. Strengths and weakness vary for everyone.

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Dr. Steven Chen Dr. Chen
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. S. Yvonne Conner Dr. Conner
General Practice
40 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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How to regain social skills after being stabbed in the back repeatedly by people at home and work?

How to regain social skills after being stabbed in the back repeatedly by people at home and work?

Stand up: The people in your environment are a mirror of how you are feeling about yourself inside. If you give away your power and allow others to "back stab" you. I recommend you do some counseling or self help tools to boost your self esteem. It is a deeper reflection that in some way you are stabbing yourself in the back. Learn to become your very best friend. Be true to yourself.