Posts Tagged ‘social skills’

Social Skills Intervention: A Key Piece of the Employment Puzzle

For the one-year period between April 2020 and March 2021, unemployment rates for people with disabilities in New York State averaged 16.2 percent, an increase of 8.9 percent over the prior year, according to the state Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics. This rate is...

How Practicing and Building Interview Skills Can Help Individuals with ASD Feel Less Overwhelmed

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 54 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (CDC, 2020). Since there is no evidence to suggest that the prevalence of ASD will decrease, the need for transitional services, especially those related to...

Taking a Person-Centered Approach to Teaching Meaningful Employment Skills

A person-centered approach is vital for providing effective employment training for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In an effort to capture the experiences of those who have received employment training, we conducted interviews with three members of the Devereux Pennsylvania...

Teaching Community Skills to Prepare for Independent Living

Independent living may be conceptualized as a philosophy of individual control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy, in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, and the...

The Sibling Project at the Mental Health Association in Orange County, NY

Over the past twenty five years, Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. has had the pleasure of hosting The Siblings Project; a group for siblings of children with developmental disabilities. The participants, otherwise known as the “Super Siblings,” meet monthly on Saturday mornings...

What Happens When the Teacher Is on the Spectrum? An Interview with a Pre-Service Teacher with ASD

With more and more people with ASD becoming adults, enrollment in higher education is also increasing for this population. Science, technology, engineering, and math majors are popular with students with ASD but what about education? An undergraduate education major with ASD was interviewed about...

Why Is There Laughter During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

At the time of writing, a Google search for “COVID-19 funny” returned some 880,000,000 results. Similarly, at this time the novel Coronavirus SARS-2 has affected all but 12 countries around the world, and despite testing limitations some 4,256,579 positive cases have been reported worldwide...

Interpersonal Relationships and Social Engagement in a Virtual Landscape

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has identified communication and interaction with others as specific areas of deficit for many individuals with ASD. Difficulty making eye contact, initiating and sustaining a conversation, code switching, and perspective taking are...

A Technology Safety Guide for Parents of Children With Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly one in 59 children in the United States have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Caregivers of these unique children face a host of challenges, and tech safety is one of those challenges. Technology can...

Using Summer Programming to Prepare for Post-Secondary Education

Each year 50,000 young adults on the autism spectrum turn 18 years of age (Roux et al., 2013). How can parents and educators ensure that these young people are ready for the transition to post-secondary life? A good number of these young people are academically ready and prepared for the...