Communication & Social Interaction

Communication and social interaction are core deficits of autism spectrum disorder, and one of our primary goals is to address the needs of our students in these areas.

We work on skills to help students understand verbal and nonverbal behavior, express their needs, and engage in successful reciprocal interactions, like having conversations. These skills lead to a greater ability to establish and maintain relationships.

Through the science and technology of applied behavior analysis, students learn to communicate and interact with others in meaningful ways, and to engage in typical social interactions and leisure activities.

Leisure skills are an important part of our students’ daily activities. Many students have specific leisure goals that are designed to help them develop skills that are age- and ability-appropriate in order to increase their independent and cooperative leisure skills. For some students this might include increasing the amount of time they are able to independently engage in an activity. For others, it may mean developing fundamental social skills like understanding the rules to a game or taking turns while playing with peers.