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Autism and social skills conference- Leeds, UK
This conference, organised by the National Autistic Society, will provide attendees with the tools and strategies to support autistic people at home, in the classroom or in other learning environments.
Social situations can often be very difficult for autistic people. There are so many confusing social rules that appear to be learnt instinctively by non-autistic people. These rules can often cause anxiety as they are generally unwritten and not talked about.
Most children learn social skills by watching their peers, experimenting in imitation and refining their skills as they go. Autistic children can find this difficult, and consequently seem to miss many opportunities to practice these skills. Social skills and social situations need to be broken down, explained and practiced so that autistic children can understand them.
Many of us benefit from the closeness and mutual support that comes from having a network of relationships, be this with friends, romantic partners or colleagues. However, for autistic people, everyday conversation and social interaction can lead to misunderstandings, confusion or upset, negotiating the ‘minefield’ of social networks can be much harder and the support of professionals, parents and carers can be crucial.
Featuring a range of expert speakers, this conference will provide you with an opportunity to learn new strategies, share good practice and network.