My guest this week is social skills expert, Laura Crowley. Social skills is a struggle for most kids on the autism spectrum as well as many children with ADHD. It’s also the topic of the most common questions I receive from parents: ‘What can I do to help my child learn social skills?’
Today we will be unpacking this very complex question.
In this episode you will discover:
What social skills are and where we often get it wrong.
The main differences in the social struggles of girls and boys on the autism spectrum.
How emotions and social skills are related.
What skills are involved in the art of conversation.
How social skills differ from manners, and why the difference is crucial.
- Why Laura thinks it’s time to stop teaching social skills as if they are academics.
Meet Laura Crowley
Laura has over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. She is the author of the Mission Rescue Kloog social skills for autism app trilogy and has run connect autism consultancy for the past 5 years. Laura has lectured in University College Cork on the diploma in autism studies since its inception 6 years ago. Lauras passion is social skill development and she firmly believes that each child has the ability to make social connections.
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