Social Skills are an area where many individuals with autism may need some direct instruction and guidance.  Teachers and caregivers often struggle with what to teach and in what order.  While there is no set standard way to teach social skills, it may be helpful to focus on a few areas first when getting started.  First, think about lessons that teach the individual self-management to help them recognize their own behaviors.  Second, teach the individual to identify emotions in themselves and in others. Next, promote self-awareness so that students understand how they interact with the world around them. Last, encourage communication through pictures, gestures, writing or words. Resources like these Social Skills Printables or Teen's Edition-Social Skills Printables can get you started with teaching social skills.  Additionally, there are many other strategies available to teach social skills: