Social Skills

Planning a family vacation with Autism – 10 tips for success

By on November 2, 2018

image for traveling with autism photo-1530521954074-e64f6810b32d Going on vacation is is supposed to be relaxing but it can often turn out to be the opposite for those on the spectrum if we don’t plan it right. And for parents of autistics, that stress can spread to the whole family. When I was a kid, my parents made a lot of efforts […]

Before You Look for Work Here Are Four Things You Should Absolutely Know

By on June 28, 2017

AutismAdvantageWrongPlanetFrontPage Our team used to hate conversations like the one below. We really did. “That’s really incredible,” said a well-meaning educator who had called in April about our Autism Advantage program, which runs six-week training cohorts for autistic individuals around specific talent sets. “I’m searching for a program which can teach autistic people acceptable behavior for […]

Six phrases and questions likely to confuse people with Asperger’s.

By on February 14, 2015

result12345678910111213 Throughout this post, I will refer to people with Asperger’s as “Aspies.” This is not considered a derogatory term; it’s simply how we refer to ourselves. First, we are not stupid. We also are not trying to be difficult when we say we don’t understand you. We don’t have a disease, and the vast majority […]

Autism Talk TV 23 – How to Join a Social Circle & Make Friends in a Group

By on December 10, 2012

In the second installment of Autism Talk TV's social skills series filmed at the UCLA PEERS center, Alex learns how to approach a group, find something common to talk about, and be accepted into a group. Hopefully this will show you guys how social skills are actually very easy once you know the language.

Making friends can seem hard but these tips will help you succeed. There are a lot of variations in body language that you can easily...

10 Steps to Become Independent: Learning the Basics of Essential Life Skills

By on November 6, 2012

Living on your own might be something that you dream of achieving someday, but at the same time, the thought can be scary. You might even think it is impossible that you will live on your own. First, you need an income, and then after that you need the survival skills and street smarts to take care of yourself without anyone there to support you.

This guide will help prepare you for that transition so that someday you can live...

The Social Human & The Art of Positive Communication for Autism

By on March 21, 2012

I met Nanna Juul Lanng while speaking at the conference in Denmark. This is her first column:

Human beings are per definition flock animals. There is no real way around this fact. Our success as a species is partially based on our superior communication skills which allow us to share our knowledge and experiences in a much more efficient way than any other animal on Earth. We have no natural physical weapons; no claws, no fangs, no...

Claire Danes to Play Temple Grandin in New HBO Biopic

By on August 16, 2008

Autistic Dr. Temple Grandin, a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, is an icon in the Autistic Community. Her life has been a beacon and an inspirational story and after a long negotiation is getting her biography brought to HBO.  Claire Danes is in negotiations to star as Grandin in the film which is currently moving forward after nine years.
"I made a commitment...

Dear Aspie: How to Stop Being Interrupted?

By on March 27, 2006

Dear Aspie:
?I have a really big problem with commanding attention in a conversation. When I start talking, people talk over me, or they'll interrupt me to say something they want to say. What can I do??


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Dear Aspie: How Do I Keep Small Talk Going?

By on March 20, 2006

Dear Aspie:
?I?ve read your articles on small talk, but I can?t seem to make it keep going. It always seems to die out after a little while, even though I want to make it work. What am I doing wrong!??


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Dear Aspie: What Are the Rules for Changing Lines?

By on March 19, 2006

Dear Aspie:
?If one is waiting in a long line and they open up a new register is there a rule as to how one gets into the new line? e.g., are we supposed to let someone who has waited longer in the previous line in before us? I have had some problems. What is the norm??


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