Remember the first time you interviewed for a job? What did you wear? What did you say when greeting people? How early did you arrive, 10, 15, or even 30 minutes early? How did you know what to say versus what not to say during the interview? Were you nervous, scared, or even confident?
When analyzing the above scenario further, we identify there are several cognitive processes required such as planning, understanding consequences of your actions, discriminating what is acceptable in that specific situation versus what is not, and more. We will both identify these necessary skills and look at strategies to incorporate in teaching both early on in treatment years before the transition, as well as in the moment as one is preparing for a specific social experience, as social performance during a job interview is only one area of consideration.