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Autism and Building Skill Sets

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Autistic individuals often have undeniable specific strengths but difficulty with many of the skills necessary to navigate our world. This is because many of these skills are not nearly as simple as they look and are more accurately viewed as skill sets. Social skills and life skills include dozens of different skills that simply seek a common goal. Because of multiple factors that will be discussed, it’s common for autistic individuals to not fully develop these entire skill sets, even if they are proficient at some of the skills involved. This lack of fully developed skill sets leads to massive blind spots that autistic individuals like myself, as well as other professionals and educators, are far too familiar with. This can significantly hamper autistic individuals' abilities to navigate these parts of the world. In this presentation I focus on Social Skills, Life Skills, Relationship Skills, and Work Skills, as well as common building blocks for any skill set. We will explore these skill sets to understand why they are important, how they work, and how to develop them effectively. I will also discuss my personal and professional experience developing these skill sets which will create a comprehensive understanding as to how the information we’re talking about relates to and can be implemented in the real world. Each of these skill sets can be built on in different ways simply by being aware of the common goals and pitfalls, which will both be discussed in great detail. By understanding the skill sets more effectively, we can make smarter decisions that take advantage of every opportunity to build towards the future in meaningful and sustainable ways.Autism and Building Skills

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