Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 74 (Member's Dashboard) - Page 6

SOCIAL SKILLS ing pro-social goals, and problem-solving. Although challenges with social skills remain a persistent char- acteristic of autism across a lifetime, there are a vari- ety of evidence-based interventions that support the development of these skills for school-age children.  Social Narratives  Comic Strip Conversations This technique visually outlines a conversation between two or more people. It integrates the use of comic-strip type characters’ thought and talking bubbles. Using this technique helps learners better understand why someone did or said something in a specific situation. The outlined conversation may have taken place in the past, is happening in the present, or will happen in the future. This technique may be used to support a learner who is struggling to understand the relationship between actions and consequences or reactions (i.e., thoughts and words) to expected/unexpected behav- iors. Consider using this technique to address social situations such as interrupting, bullying, and playing at recess. 6 | Autism Parenting Magazine | Issue 74 This evidence-based practice uses interven- tions that describe social situations by high- lighting relevant cues and offering examples of appropriate responses. These narratives are individualized and written in the perspective of the learner. They are short and may include visual aids. Describing the thoughts and feel- ings of other people involved in the situation is an important feature of social narratives. The learner may be taught to use social narratives for real-life scenarios such as attending a birth- day party, ordering food at a restaurant, and following school rules.  Technology-Aided Instruction and Intervention This uses technology as a central feature of intervention that supports the social goals or outcomes for the learner. This evidence-based practice consists of “any item/equipment/ap- plication/ or virtual network that is used inten-