Myth 3 Conversation

“Children with Autism Should Be Pushed to Socialize as Early as Possible”

While we can all agree that children learn to socialize from play with other children, this is not the case for children with autism. They don’t typically observe, imitate, or follow their peers to be able to learn from them. Yet, most professionals, books, and treatment policies encourage parents to push autistic students into social groups and school as early as possible. Research doesn’t support this rush to socialize in peer groups, but almost everyone does it. What do you think? What has your experience been?