Ask Dr. Jean: Social Emotional Learning for Children with Autism


(Arti Freeman) #1

Dear Dr. Jean,

What are some practical approaches to foster social and emotional learning for middle years children with autism?

Jeff (Parent / Caregiver)

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(Dr. Jean Clinton) #2

Dear Jeff,

The understanding of others and our own emotions is a core component of typical social and emotional development. In children with ASD, this development can be delayed or very unique to each individual child such that they find it hard to identify express and manage theirs to others emotion.
Tips for helping children recognize their own and others’ emotions can include; in the everyday interactions, point out how others are feeling, label feelings in books

Also label your child’s feelings, e.g. I see you are smiling you must be feeling happy.

The use of social stories, where structured stories teach about emotions is a very effective way for children with ASD to learn about their own and others’ emotions.

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