The intentionality of making and keeping friends

Carter, Margaret Anne, and Santomauro, Josie (2015) The intentionality of making and keeping friends. The Autism Notebook Magazine, 2015 (October/November). 5. pp. 12-14.

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[Extract] Making friends and getting along with others is a big part of childhood. Within a safe and secure environment, children learn about important skills of friendship development including listening, helpfulness, shared activities, and organizing play. Yet, for many children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), making and keeping friends is anything but a simple process. These children often have limited understandings of social situations, including reading social cues and knowing the most appropriate responses in a given situation. They have a restricted repertoire of interests and antisocial behaviors, which curb their social interactions. Furthermore, they may require support to become competent decoders of the social world, including seeing things from another's perspective and guessing others' intentions. Part of this includes developing a theory of mind, thinking about their own and others mental experiences.

Item ID: 41097
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: friendship, autism, behaviour teaching and learning,making friends
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Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2015 04:10
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130312 Special Education and Disability @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect) @ 50%
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