Conversation: The Building Block for Friendship

Conversation and Friendship for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

TranslatorWould you like to learn some of the specifics of ongoing coversation? I have read several comments in blogs and forums from children, teens, and adults with Asperger’s syndrome. “What’s the point of trying to have friends? It’s too hard. Conversation does not make sense! Why even try?” Unfortunately, without a road map and language [...]

How to Teach Children With Aspergers to Start a Conversation

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TranslatorStarting a conversation, for a child with mild autism or Aspergers, can be a real challenge. Children with Aspergers will either butt in and start talking about their favorite interests, or they may give up, and keep to themselves, alone and preoccupied with their ‘own world.’ These children may desperately wish to fit in, but [...]

You Can Find the Beginning of People Smarts Here

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TranslatorAs a therapist working with children with Asperger’s syndrome, I find it most helpful to begin teaching social skills with an explanation of what I will be helping them do in our sessions together.  A child with Asperger’s is usually average to very smart in the areas of facts and black-and-white rules.  Unfortunately, people smarts [...]