Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Skills Development in Schools


  • Sharma K


Neurodevelopmental disorder, Inclusive education


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by a wide range of symptoms and challenges, with social communication difficulties being a hallmark feature. In the context of schools, fostering social skills development for students with ASD is of paramount importance to help them navigate the complex social landscape and achieve academic and personal success. In schools, an inclusive and supportive environment is crucial for promoting social skills development in students with ASD. Teachers and staff should receive training in understanding the unique needs of these students and implementing evidence-based strategies. This training can encompass recognizing the diverse presentation of ASD, from nonverbal to highly verbal individuals, and tailoring interventions accordingly. Structured interventions and social skills training programs are essential components of school-based support. These programs often involve teaching students with ASD explicit social rules and cues, such as making eye contact, taking turns in conversations, and understanding nonverbal communication. These skills are broken down into manageable steps and practiced in controlled settings, gradually progressing to more complex social interactions. Peer-mediated interventions can also be effective in schools, as they encourage typically developing students to engage with and support their peers with ASD.


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How to Cite

Sharma, K. (2021). Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Skills Development in Schools. Global International Research Thoughts, 9(1), 21–26. Retrieved from



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