Autism and social skills

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It’s very important to work on the social skills with children with autism. Many of these children have difficulty with how to initiate conversations, how to maintain conversations, how to have a friend, and go on a play day and be able to have fun. So, it’s really important to have your child in a social skills group where they're learning these skills because you want your child to have friends and know to how to have a conversation. Many children with autism often have difficulty maintaining conversations where they might jump to a different topic and it looks like they're not interested in what the other person is saying so you want to teach them how can you have a conversation, what does it mean to be a friend and also going into things like bullying. A lot of kids with autism do get bullied and you want them to go to a place where they practice identifying what a bully is and how they can deal with that if that happens to them.

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Sarah Clifford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sarah Cilfford Scheflen, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric clinical speech–language pathologist who specializes in working with children with autism and other developmental disorders. She works exclusively with children, primarily between the ages of 12 months to eight years.

Sarah is the founder of Scheflen Speech–Language Pathology, Inc., her private practice in Santa Monica, California, as well as the co-founder (together with autism advocate Jenny McCarthy) of Teach2Talk, LLC, a producer of quality educational products including video–modeling DVDs that teach children a variety of skills including appropriate behavior, social skills, play and language. 

She is also the senior speech–language pathologist on staff at an intensive partial–hospitalization program for autism located at a major public research university located in Los Angeles, California, where Sarah has provided therapy to hundreds of children with autism spectrum disorders and conducted research into various treatment modalities. 

Sarah is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, and her research focuses on teaching play, social skills and language to children through video modeling.

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