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Children with autism experience significant challenges in the acquisition and growth of social skills. Among some of the challenges experienced include deficits in executive skills, social cues, and social rules.

Specific deficits include:
• Impulse control
• Organization
• Time-management
• Theory of mind
• Self-monitoring
• Body language
• Courtesy
• Remembering and attending to detail
• Many other basic social skills

Research has focused on a variety of teaching methods in order to increase developmental skills in children who have social skills deficits. A variety of evidenced-based behavior modification practices have increased appropriate social skills in elementary-aged children. While some practices have successfully increased social skills in this population, other interventions require additional evidence to prove the effectiveness of treatment.

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