Social Skills Training for Autism

Social skills training teaches children the skills they need to interact with others. It includes repeating and reinforcing certain desired behaviors.

The Children's Friendship Training intervention,1 for instance, helps elementary school-age children improve several social skills:

  • Conversation
  • Handling teasing
  • Being a good sport
  • Showing good host behavior during play dates

There are many social skills training programs throughout the United States. For more information on these programs and their effectiveness, visit External Web Site Policy.


  1. Frankel, F., Myatt, R., Sugar, C., Whitham, C., Gorospe, C. M., & Laugeson, E. (2010). A randomized controlled study of parent-assisted Children's Friendship Training with children having autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40(7), 827–842.
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