Social Skills and Autism

Girls bare foot in grass  These resources are packed with techniques and strategies to help students with autism spectrum disorders and their peers learn to interact with each other. Read the articles below to learn about different approaches that promote social development. These resources include teacher-initiated and student-initiated techniques that help build social skills and teach academic subjects to children with autism spectrum disorders. You'll also find reading lists of books about autism appropriate for both children and adults.

Social Development & Interactions

Books About Autism

Additional Social Skills Resources

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