Essay on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Interpersonal Relationships

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For many of us while growing up school was a place to grow, to play, and to learn with those around us. When we were younger we spent time playing with all the different toys and spending time with our friends. As we grew older, we spent even more time expanding our social skills and finding ways to learn about ourselves through others. However, for the nearly one in every one hundred and fifty children (Mazurik-Charles, 2010) this is more easily said than done. Children with autism have difficulty reading social cues, initiating, sustaining, or terminating a conversation appropriately with peers (Boutot, 2007). Children with autism lack proper communication skills and other alternative devices and also may have limited activities or other…show more content…
This may put pressure on a teacher to make sure he or she is doing their job properly in order to make sure that child is engaging and interacting with his or her peers while also introducing them to new objects or activities that the child with Autism may not be interested in partaking in at first. Social influence does not simply occur around objects, but through them (Williams, Costall & Reddy. 1999). People play a huge role in helping shape how the child understands the proper use of things. So, a good way to begin interaction lightly and in a way that will not be overwhelming to a child with ASD is to slowly begin incorporating group games or other activities that the teacher knows the child would enjoy. It could be something as simple as coloring a sheet together in a group. This activity gives the child a chance to do their own thing while also at the same time start engaging with those around them. The ASD child may look over at the way one of their peers is coloring and decide they want their picture to look like that, therefore they are learning how to do something from another, same-aged, typical child. This may not work for all children who have ASD, but it is important that the teacher is able to accommodate to the needs of the child since they have been placed in their classroom after much studying and strategic placement methods. Boutot’s (2010) article tells us that when
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