How can I teach someone on the Asperger's Spectrum Social Skills?
May 19, 2014 11:28 AM Subscribe
How can I teach an adult on the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum social skills specifically tailored to the office environment?
posted by Jewel98 to Human Relations (18 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the background: I think this person is on the spectrum, but I am not truly sure. It could just be a social/emotional awareness issue, too. I.Q. is high, interested heavily in one thing, behaviorally awkward at times, too loud at socially inappropriate times, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, very much a black/white thinker, somewhat robotic and feels a need for things to be "just so" in situations, (i.e. must drink so many ounces of water per hour, must watch tv show or film from start to finish, must open all windows or no windows at all). Is awkward among people, talks to everyone very matter-of-factly, is able to manipulate to get what wants. Says that one more sentence that gets him/her in trouble.
How do you bring someone into awareness? Then, how do you teach someone to interact with people in a professional setting? I talk about "playing the game" at work, things cannot always go your way. Sometimes you have to fake it till you make it with people at work. I'm not sure this stuff is getting through because she/he feels that the relationship must be genuine, or it is like lying to someone.
I'm curious to hear what you think. I don't know what the glitch is, is it that she/he does not want to change?