As parents, we all know that it will take tremendous efforts to help children with autism successfully integrate into school’s life. You child may have great academic abilities, ranking in the top percentile of whole school, yet, he/she still receives numerous complaints regarding his stubbornness or not willing to conform within the group from classmates everyday. And this is only one example of many more social challenges your child may need to overcome as they are becoming older.
Child who likes to argue against others
Some children with autism loves to argue against others. They like all things follow his own way, hate to conform and follow instructions. For example, always deny classmates’ requests. Consequently, all sorts of complaints were filed against the child from classmates and teachers. This gives teachers lots of trouble and stand in child’s way to have a normal social life in school.
Child is not willing to change, too stubborn
Some children’s level of rigidity affect their performance in school. They could not tolerate sudden changes to daily routines; they may throw a big fuss, cry narcissistically, or attack others when there is a change in class time or subject that is different than original schedule. Classmates may not understand autism and start labeling or isolating the child with autism. This inability to tolerate changes greatly obstructed the child from building friendship.
Social deficits in children with autism
Some of the symptoms in autism are lack of ability to observe, understand social rules, and inability to know others preferences. When these add up, you will understand why it is so hard for a child with autism to blend in with others. They may not even notice they are interrupting or disturbing others. Also, an easy target for bullies as the child may mistaken malicious acts as friendly acts.
Social groups can teach children with autism the techniques they need to survive in different social situations; for example, learn how to accept change calmly, understanding others emotions, increase tolerances to sudden changes, different social rules and interactions, etc. Learning in a small group environment enable the child to learn quickly, hence, boost their confidence in learning social skills and apply to natural settings such as school, home, social gatherings to make friends and maintain friendships.
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