Social Matters is a publication from Autism Ontario. The aim of the document is to improve social skills interventions for Ontarians with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Social Matters provides a thorough overview of social skills programming in our province right now.


7 important features in this document:
  1. An overview of "social skills"
  2. Why are they important?
  3. What does social skills programming in Ontario look like?
  4. Key findings in the research into programs in Ontario
  5. What we learned about effective social skills programming
  6. Recommendations
  7. Helpful appendices

This publication is beneficial for parents, professionals and researchers.

Quotes about Social Matters:
"Social Matters is a must-read for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders in greater Ontario. The team at Autism Ontario has done a superb job of summarizing issues and recommendations for families seeking social skills treatment in the province. The importance of teaching social skills is discussed, along with a review of the research literature on social skills training. A consumer friendly resource – Social Matters provides a nice description of current social skills treatment resources in greater Ontario, alongside parent assessments of these services. The need for better treatment delivery is highlighted, while general recommendations for those seeking social skills training are offered, making Social Matters a wonderful resource for families!"

Dr. Liz Laugeson, Co-developer of PEERS, a parent-assisted social skills intervention for teens, Clinical Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

“I look forward to sharing Social Matters with teaching teams in Peel so that they can make better informed decisions about what social skills programs they select and implement with our students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are so many programs out there and it is difficult to know which ones are the most effective. Social Matters provides a thorough review and evidence of effectiveness for a wide range of existing social skills programs. Thank you for this fabulous resource."

Cathy White, Special Programs Coordinator: Transitions, Special Education Support Services, Peel District School Board

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