Social Skills Training

A lack of intuitive social ability is a hallmark of autism.  Social skills training is aimed at addressing the challenges that result, and often plays a central role in treatment plans.  There are thousands of social skills most of us use all the time without realizing it.  Technology can help with a lot of things in life, but people still need to know how to interact with others to be successful in life.

Having social and communication impairments are some of the key features of autism.  Social Skills Training is an evidence-based practice.  Social Skills Training refers to any adult-directed instruction in which social skills are targeted for improvement. Social skills training may be offered in schools and in clinics.  There is a variety of curriculum which can be used but social skills training tends to focus around:

  • learning the social rules that everyone else seemed to already know
  • learning to recognize and understanding complex emotions in others and themselves
  • learning how to interpret and predict what another person knew, or felt, or thought, and how he or she might behave as a result
  • learning what is expected in relationships and learning those skills

Local Social Skills Training Providers

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This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

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