Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings – 60 minutes

This webinar session will present strategies on how to use classroom routines and group instructional activities in inclusive settings as opportunities to facilitate positive peer social interactions and promote friendship and social skills in young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Participants will learn how to set up the classroom environment – the physical, instructional and social environment – to enable children with ASD to develop appropriate social skills, make friends and to be effective members of a group. The session will illustrate how a variety of child-specific interventions including using video-modeling, scripted stories social narratives and prompting strategies can be used to teach targeted social skills. Fostering Play and Friendship Skills in Young Children with Autism in Inclusive Settings Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE ( coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.


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