Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills

Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills

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Dr Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychiatrist, discusses Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills
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Featuring Dr. Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Child Psychologist
Helping Children With Autism Improve Social Interaction Skills
Duration: 2 minutes, 22 seconds

One of the problems and core features of autism is difficulties in social interaction.  

Sometimes as the children get a little older, they want to have interactions with other children but they don't know how. So they may barge into a conversation, and the other kids look at them and are not very tolerant because they don't understand that the kid doesn't really get it.  

There are certain un-returned intrinsic rules of social interaction that most of us just get. We just get it. It's somehow hardwired into us.

Other children and autistic children in particular have to have these rules of social engagement taught; otherwise, they get upset, the other kids get upset and it's not good. And what's worse, these kids get very frustrated and can end up getting aggressive.  

One example of what can be done for children with autism who have these problems in social interaction is to train them in social skills. An example of this is to work to develop a script as if you're in a movie on what to do when you meet other children.  

Apart from the social script training, we also use a lot of picture communication training so children with autism often have real problems with language and we all know that a picture can tell a thousand words so we use a picture that maybe reminds the child what to do when they meet another child which might be a picture of the child waving and saying hello, might be as simple as that.  

If your child is exhibiting any of these signs that suggest autism, you need to contact your family doctor, pediatrician and get referred for a diagnose of autism which is usually done by a psychologist or a psychiatrist who's trained in the diagnosis of autism.

Presenter: Dr. Robin Friedlander, Psychiatrist, Burnaby, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

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