Considerations in Social-Emotional Learning for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Literature

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Maria A. Silva, M.S.Ed., NBCT. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) exhibit deficits in social and emotional development that can cause negative lasting effects into their adult lives if they do not receive proper interventions. Social-emotional learning (SEL) encompasses explicit instruction of appropriate social behaviors and how to participate in positive relationships. While most SEL interventions are provided to young children, studies have shown that adolescents with ASD benefit from social and emotional skills training. This review of the literature will address the critical need of SEL for adolescents with ASD, explore the current practices for SEL interventions, and discuss the benefits of collaboration between schools and families to support the social-emotional needs of adolescents with ASD.

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