Social Interaction

About social interaction and ASD

Children with ASD often experience difficulties in social interactions with those around them. Specifically, children may have difficulty understanding facial expressions, initiating interaction with others, responding to others in a social setting and understanding and responding to others’ emotions. Through repeated exposure to everyday interactions and modelling, children develop confidence in social skills over time. Some children with ASD may avoid social interactions as a result of anxiety or reduced interest around socialisation, so using a child’s own interests can help support this process.


Why do we need to develop social interaction skills in children with ASD in playgroup?

Development of social skills is vital for children with ASD so that they can engage in meaningful relationships with family members, peers and partners in later life. Continued difficulty in social situations may lead to isolation, anxiety or avoidance of such settings in the future.

Difficulties in social interaction may continue into adulthood if they are not addressed with early intervention. Persistence and guidance around social interaction is likely to lead to positive outcomes amongst children with ASD and ASD-like characteristics.

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    Children with autism, can find eye contact challenging. Learn what you can do to encourage your child to establish eye contact and discover some play activities that are recommended in this situation.

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    Children with ASD may find it difficult to share their experiences or observations with others. Read this section to understand why this happens and what activities you can play with your child to try to create opportunities for them to share experiences with others

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    Children with ASD may find non-verbal expression and emotion difficult to understand. Learn how to work with your child to model non-verbal behaviour and tone. Discover the most appropriate play activities to achieve your goals.

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    Children with ASD may be unaware of the existence of personal space. If your child gets too close to other children when playing, there are ways in which you can correct this behaviour. Learn why this happens and what you can do, plus see what are the recommended play activities for teaching children about personal space.

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    Introducing children to a range of pysical activities and games will help them develop their agility, balance and fitness. See how you can help build confidence and support them to engage in physical play.


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