Start social skill development
Social skills are needed for anything from taking turns, to not interrupting conversations, to not telling “too much” truth (telling an overweight person that they are fat, for example), to conversational skills, to making and keeping friends. Kids with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don’t learn intrinsically or pick up on social cues, verbal or nonverbal, like typical peers do, so they must be taught. Behavior differences may become more visible as kids get older, and social conventions become more complex. The older kids get, the more typical peers are often less accepting of ‘different’ behaviors, so Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) kids are often ostracized and bullied, making it harder for them to fit in, at a time in their lives when fitting in feels all-important to most kids.