“Knowledge is learned in islands without bridges that connect it to other knowledge. Our students often don’t see the whole picture.”
-Michelle Garcia Winner
Socializing is a natural part of life and the way for individuals to interact with one another and become successful is through socialization. If one thinks about it, socializing begins in early childhood at pre-school, daycare, on the playground and even in the home with siblings.
Whether a child has high or low cognitive functioning, does not prevent that child from needing to be taught social skills. Children with ASD need to value those around them and to value personhood, one must first see a person as more than an object or obstacle.
Enabling individuals with ASD to recognize and use the “Hidden Rules” for becoming socially accepted and part of a community to create emotional fulfillment while providing a sense of belonging and purpose.