anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, grief, social emotional learning, social isolation, social stories
Core deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) center around social communication and behavior. For those with ASD, these deficits complicate the task of learning how to cope with and manage complex social emotional issues. Although individuals with ASD may receive sufficient academic and basic behavioral support in school settings, supports for dealing with complex social emotional issues are more difficult to access, even though these issues significantly impact student learning. When addressing these challenging social- and emotional-based issues, school and professional personnel need more specific instructional skill sets and resources to effectively and compassionately support students with ASD. In this article, we address three challenging areas of social emotional development that are commonly experienced by individuals with ASD: Anxiety, social isolation, and grief. We briefly explore the existing research on these three topics, identify evidence-based practices and learning strategies to support social emotional learning in individuals with ASD, and include descriptive lists of practical resources that address anxiety, social isolation, and grief.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ahlers, Kaitlyn P.; Gabrielsen, Terisa P.; Lewis, Danielle; Brady, Anna M.; and LItchford, April, "Supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder in understanding and coping with complex social emotional issues" (2017). All Faculty Publications. 2157.
SAGE: School Psychology International
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
This is the accepted version that is allowed to be posted to the University repository by the publisher, SAGE publishing. The definitive version of the article can be found at https://doi.org/10.1177/0143034317719942
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