Social Skills are an area where many individuals with autism may need some direct instruction and guidance.  Teachers and caregivers often struggle with how to teach social skills, what to teach and in what order. While there is no set standard way to teach social skills, it may be helpful to focus on a few areas first when getting started.  First, think about lessons that teach the individual self-management to help them recognize their own behaviors.  Second, when teaching social skills in the classroom, teach the individual to identify emotions in themselves and in others. Next, promote self-awareness so that students understand how they interact with the world around them. Last, encourage communication through pictures, gestures, writing or words. Resources like these Social Skills Printables or Teen's Edition-Social Skills Printables can get you started with teaching social skills.  Additionally, there are many other strategies available to teach social skills:

  • Self-Management Support
  • Identify Emotions
  • Give the Individual Choices More Frequently
  • Make Social Scripts
  • Use Role Playing
  • Using Board Games to Teach Social Skills
  • Incorporate Power Cards
  • Design Social Stories for the Student
  • Develop and Read Social Sentences
  • Provide Frequent Opportunities for the Students to Practice
  • Direct Instruction of Social Skills 
  • Implement/Follow a Social Skills Curriculum
  • Social Skills Printable Lessons, Behavior Skills Printable Lessons, Play Skills Printable Lessons