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Why Social Skills Training Does Not Help Autistic People

For the love of God, all of this!!

If you really want to understand autistic people, meet us where we are at. Stop tryna change us. Listen to us. Believe our stories and lived experiences.

Being our neurodivergent selves Is. Perfectly. Okay.

We aren’t broken.

Tryna change who we are will just give us unneeded depression, trauma, and lead to us wanting to just give up.

Autistic Science Person

To explain why most general social skills training taught to autistic people is not helpful, I will show a simple example and give a critique. I will be referring this worksheet by Social Thinking which is public.

If after you read this post, you want more information about what you can do to help and understand autistic people, here are some ways to help.

An Example and Critique

This worksheet created by Social Thinking is titled “Social Behavior Mapping.”

There are two conditions in the worksheet. The top condition is titled Expected and the bottom row is Unexpected. Each condition has the same 4 columns listed from left to right:

1. Behavior(s) that are expected given the situation and people
2. How others might feel about the behavior(s)
3. How others act or react based on how they feel about the behavior(s)
4. How one might think or feel based…

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