One of the first things many people think about when discussing neurodiversity is intervention with social skills. And it’s true — social skills are teachable.
(In fact, for years, I’ve had a joking monologue about my own fictional social skills coach, every time I find myself in an awkward situation).
Still, for me and many others, one aspect seems to matter more than anything: What is the drive for social interaction, and where is the motivation?
In this episode of Literal Thinking is in my Bones, I propose that social motivation underlies the need for social skills. What’s the point of learning to make eye contact if I don’t expect I’ll have a good time?!
Check it out…
What do you think?
I imagine that some people are already highly motivated to improve their social skills. To them, I still suggest assessing for fun and enjoyment (more than appropriateness and behavior) as you try out different situations.
In the comments below, let me know if any part of this discussion was useful to you. Anything else to explore here?
And until next time, keep on rocking in a neurodiverse world!