Dr. Wayne L. Klein, PHD

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Social Skills

Social skills involve the ability to behave with others in a manner that produces positive outcomes. Social skills (also called social intelligence) will often have a greater impact on quality of life than academic intelligence.

Leadership skills are grounded in well-developed social skills. Factors contributing to social skills:

Automatic Modules

  • Ability to read emotion 
  • Ability to feel empathy
  • These automatic or intuitive functions may not be working in children and adults with Autism & nonverbal learning disabilities. 

Learned Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Compromising
  • Ability to be assertive without being aggressive
  • Constructive criticism
  • Praising
  • Calming 
  • Motivating others
  • Temperament, parenting skills & factors such as anxiety or depression may slow or prevent their practice or acquisition


  • Not being impulsive enough to become intrusive, aggressive or annoying, yet being spontaneous and genuine.
  • Many neuorbehavioral conditions affect self-regulation. In children, the most common is ADHD. 
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