One of the hardest challenge for ASD kids is to develop social skills. They have a difficult time to read emotions, body language,and understand social cue. It takes time, patients, and several outings in different settings to get the concept of acceptable behaviors. This may also being hindered by many sensory issues, as well as language barriers too. The best thing parents can do for the child is to take them out into the world, so the child can experience different things, and be more tolerant. Also, showing or reading social stories can help the child with autism understand some of the social skills, but social stories by itself will not develop adequate level of skills. They need to hear and experience life, and they need to interact with others.
It is very beneficial when a parent/caretaker discuss the event afterward too. You may point out all the positive that occurred, praise the child and allow them to talk about their success and difficulties.
The article below show the struggle and emotion of a parent of an ASD child. It should be a reminder of all of us to help a child who seem to struggle a bit to fit in, and create invitations and events where children with ASD can learn more social skills without pressure, or other discomfort. I can fully understand the writer of this post, and as I was reading it it I could not help but thinking of my son. We all want our kids to feel happy, confident, but sometimes it may not be so easy. But again, we must understand that we may see more to this than it is there … I know many typical children who are also struggling with social skills, I guess it is a bit of a problem with society now days. My advise to all parents and myself too we need to relax and do the best we can, and never give up hope.