ASD Social: Clinical Applications III

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Techniques from recent research

Observe questions peers are asking, activities peers are interested in, and real reactions to comments and questions by others.

  • Observe peers conversing with each other to document the kinds of questions and prompts they use to keep conversations going (Watkins et al. (2020); Peters & Thompson, 2015)
  • Additionally, observe peers conversing to document the types of questions or comments that end conversations to get a clearer definition of conversational prompts to avoid.
Individualizing

You can identify games or activities of interest to the peer group, real conversation and phrases used in the peer group, real verbal and non-verbal cues to teach

  • Collect some qualitative baseline on the client’s conversations. Perhaps there is a tendency to make a particular error that may be addressed during the program.
  • If appropriate, ask the client to observe other peers for techniques that work for them. If this works, it also teaches the client to use social observation to solve their own problems, which may be generalized to future struggles and self-management of skills.