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Emotion Regulation Training: Supporting Social Skills for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

“Johnny, why didn’t you use your social skills?” Those who teach social skills to youth on the Autism Spectrum understand that experiencing overwhelming emotions answers this question all too often. Youth on the Autism Spectrum regularly experience intense emotions and these intense emotions make implementing social skills very difficult. That’s why managing them is in itself a social skill. So how do you incorporate emotion regulation into teaching social skills? Start at the Beginning Learning emotion regulation begins with teaching youth how to understand emotions. Understanding what emotions are, what they feel like and how to identify them is a start. But practitioners must also

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