Amid preparing for school or for college, whilst we’re often completely caught up worrying if we’ll take to the incoming routine changes, or whether we’ll like the course we’ve picked, it’s easy to overlook one crucial aspect until we’ve finally arrived in the classroom – socialising.
Building and using social skills is one of the major challenges autistic individuals face throughout their lives. Communication skills, social interaction and forming friendships are areas which autistic people at any age struggle with; yet developing all three is an integral part of the school experience.
Because of this, school can be a hard environment for autistic young people.
In this video, Ben Rowsome and Laragh Smith, members of AsIAm’s Youth Leadership Team, talk about their own experiences about building social skills.