Social Interventions For Autistic Children

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In today’s world Autism is a growing issue. One question you may ask yourself is “Does my child have Autism and how do I know?” There are a few key warning signs to finding autism. Autism is often defined by problems or deficiencies in pretend play, taking the perspective of others, responding to others, and isolation from a social situations, and lack in eye contact. There have been many social interventions discovered in the past fifteen years. Some of the interventions include video modeling, imitation, and involving the child in social interaction. Another way of helping these children in social situations is to use their peers and siblings as the therapist. How will these techniques work? Will they solve the growing issues in Autism? The first article is done by two psychologists by the names of Jennifer D. Bass and James A. Mulick. These two psychologists came up with the idea to use siblings and peers as the therapists in social intervention. One observation is that autistic children are always being integrated into a classroom with typically developed children. Even though the main goal is to put these children into a room with normal developed children, the autistic child might end up being pushed into further social isolation. It has been found that children who developed normally tend to play with each other instead of playing with someone who is different them. Because of this children with autism tend to isolate themselves because they don’t understand how to react to the social cues given to them. Their study involved putting an autistic child in a situation where they engage in something known as “social play.” Social play consists of teaching autistic children the following skills: Orientation, which means that the child becomes aware of another child in the room with them with simply by looking at them as they play with their
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