Facilitating Social Inclusion of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Tiffany OteroEmail author
  • Susan Copeland


As a result of characteristic deficits in social communication, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often struggle to engage in social interaction and form meaningful relationships with their peers. They face disproportionate levels of social exclusion when compared to their peers with and without disabilities. Through a comprehensive understanding of social competence, authors provide an integrated framework in which to base intervention, and utilize interdisciplinary practice to facilitate social inclusion of individuals with ASD. A brief review of factors impacting social inclusion and the current state of evidence-based practices that facilitate social competence and inclusion are provided. Finally, authors discuss examples for how readers might coordinate with professionals, family members, community members, and peers to promote social inclusion of individuals with ASD across time and settings.


Pediatrics Autism spectrum disorder Neurodevelopmental Autism Management Treatment Interdisciplinary Social inclusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special EducationUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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