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Research Brief #2: Social Skills

by Holly Whittenburg, Whitney Ham, & Jennifer McDonough

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What are Social Skills?

In the world of Autism, social skills and communication skills are one and the same. After all, it is hard to imagine socializing with someone without also communicating with them. In the past, challenges in social and communication skills were considered separate for individuals with ASD. Recently, these two domains have been combined. An individual diagnosed with ASD experiences challenges in social/ communication skills and repetitive or restricted patterns of behavior or interests. This research brief will provide an introduction into social and communication skills for individuals with ASD with an emphasis on how challenges in this area can impact an individual’s employment potential. (Download PDF or Word Document above for the full article.)