Asperger syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders that make up the PDD-NOS diagnosis. Children with an Asperger diagnosis can have a difficult time developing empathy which affets their ability to connect with peers.
Participation in social skills groups can help children with an Asperger Syndrom diagnosis by giving them a safe environment to develop, practice, and integrate new skills in a way that builds confidence for future interaction. Some of the supports necessary to create a well scaffolded social group include: The inclusion of neuro-typical children as peer mentors, interactive manipulatives, a well organized environment, consistent routine, adult scaffolding, and the inclusion of idiosyncratic interests
Aaron Weintraub, MS runs child-centered social skills groups with a focus on children and teenagers withPervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. Strengths-based approach in a community based setting. Groups available in Tolland, Mansfield, Willimantic, Hartford, Vernon and Coventry Connecticut.