Social Processing Dynamic Assessment
Social intuition that allows communicators to grasp the possible impact of their words on the recipients evolves rather effortlessly for the majority of neurotypical children. However, sensory-perceptual issues in autism pose significant impediments to evolving social-emotional intuition.
Reading the emotional cues to take the perspectives of others may constitute a particular difficulty to young autistic minds. Since the development of social competence happens to be at the more complex end of communication evolution, the majority of autistic children struggle with navigating the social world and grasping numerous social conventions. Equally important, extracting social rules and redundancies from observing social interactions doesn’t come naturally to autistic children. As a result, autistic children are often unable to decrease information through the relevant application of such important features as rules of typical social behaviours for acting on the world.
Socially Smart programme is developed to teach social competence explicitly to autistic children. The programme starts with the Dynamic Assessment of the social processing, an informal way to look at the child’s collaborative thinking, to identify key communication difficulties the child experiences, to decide whether he or she will benefit from the advanced social learning programme and choose the core treatment strategies to help the child eventually manage social interpretation and social communication more successfully. I recommend going through the assessment in the child’s natural environments to avoid unnecessary stress and reduce social anxiety during the first meeting.