Being autistic can impact how adults respond to social situations and communicate with others. Individuals on the autism spectrum may need help learning how to react in different scenarios to minimize anxiety and maximize social skills and communication. Read on to discover common challenges people with autism experience and how to provide the necessary guidance to develop crucial social and communication skills.
Understanding Autism, Social Skills, and Communication
People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have the desire to interact with others and develop relationships. Still, they may feel overwhelmed by the experience or not know how to engage. It’s not that they do not have social skills; they simply may uncommonly navigate social interactions.
Because as much as 65% of communication occurs through body language and nonverbal behaviors, it can be challenging for neurodivergent individuals. Some common social and communication challenges for people on the spectrum include:
- Small talk and back-and-forth conversation
- Communication using both nonverbal and verbal cues
- Eye contact
- Not understanding that others may not be interested in the subject they are discussing
- Not responding to someone calling them by name or attempting to get their attention
- Indirect communication or “reading between the lines” in conversation
It’s important to understand that these challenges do not mean people with autism are doing it wrong; it’s just different from how neurotypical people communicate and interact with others. However, supporting individuals with ASD by helping them develop their social and communication skills can help them experience more success in relationships, employment, and more.
How to Develop Social and Communication Skills with ASD
Seeking counseling services from a qualified therapist with experience with people on the spectrum is an excellent first step. A therapist can guide the individual through therapies and programs designed to:
- Provide a safe and supportive environment to explore social skills and communication
- Minimize challenging or unwanted behaviors and responses
- Foster strengths
- Promote self-regulation
- Develop communication, language, and social skills
- Facilitate a better understanding of social interactions through roleplay
Find Support and Counseling for ASD at Positive Living Psychotherapy
Taylor Trussell is an professional counselor at Positive Living Psychotherapy who provides a supportive, safe environment for people on the autism spectrum. He brings insightfulness and compassion to counseling sessions where he guides clients to develop social and communication skills to help them live their best lives. Taylor is currently accepting new clients and welcomes women and men of all ages, including adolescents with ASD.
How does autism in adults affect social skills and communication? If you or a loved one is on the spectrum and looking for a way to enhance social interactions and communication, Taylor is ready to provide the counseling services you need. Schedule a session with Taylor online or call 770.552.0333 for a free phone consultation.