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Teaching Social, Vocational Skills to Promote Quality of Life!


The following is a guest post by Teri Krakovich (Dr. K), Ph.D., Founder, Autism Quality of Life™ :

Individuals who are on the Autism spectrum may display deficits in social-communication as well as a lack of social reciprocity and empathy for others.  Due to deficits in these skills sets, they may have difficulty making good first impressions, getting along with co-workers and classmates, and may have a more difficult time when interviewing for, and working in their jobs!

Dr. K. developed the 4-Pillar Autism Quality of Life™ framework, which can be applied to conceptualize Quality of Life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The “Social” and “Vocational” domains, Pillars #3 and #4, require a lot of attention and focus as an individual with ASD transitions into adulthood.

Luckily, social and vocational skills can be taught if they don’t come naturally to individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  When Dr. K. works with teenagers and adults with ASD, she teaches social skills using evidence-based interventions and tools that have been proven to work.

She has used Smile & Succeed for Teens in her skills groups for a number of reasons.  First, the book was developed through interviews with teenagers!  The lessons have been tested and tailored based on feedback by teenage readers.

The social and vocational skills in the book are taught simply, using visuals, and have large applications. To learn more about how Dr. K. has used Smile & Succeed for Teens in her own clinical work, listen to the Autism Quality of Life interview with Kirt!

Teri Krakovich, Ph.D., is Founder of Autism Quality of Life. She is the proud sister of an adult who is diagnosed with Autism. Dr. K. has a strong desire to help her brother and others like him to live their lives to the fullest. The Autism Landscape is changing, and it is Dr. K.’s mission to share the existing programs, services, and resources with YOU, so that you can share them with your loved ones to improve the quality of their lives.

Dr. K. earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and has been working with individuals diagnosed with ASD for 10+ years. She has researched topics such as interventions for adults with Autism, the psychosocial outcomes of sibling and parent caregivers, and the factors promoting retention for direct support professionals. Visit her website at
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