ASD Social: Clinical Applications III

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Techniques from recent research

Figuring out with is motivating to them and what they might want to talk about.

  • 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

Gaining insight into what the interests are of the age level of peers so that scripts can be designed and utilized based on this observational data.

  • 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.