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BOY: Uh-oh, meteors under attack. BOY: Pow, pow. AMIRIS DIPUGLIA: One of the core deficits of students with autism is social skills. It’s important that we have a systematic way to effectively teach
social skills. DEANA CONNER: Ethan, what do you need? What level . . . Annie? AMIRIS DIPUGLIA: Verbal behavior is social behavior. We want our students to effectively interact with others. WOMAN: Give
this to Simeon. AMIRIS DIPUGLIA: Teach them to approach other people, to want to approach other people, to ask other people for things, including their peers, and to be able to interact effectively,
including conversing with others. KATIE: Yes, Tommy. Very good, Tommy. BOY: May I have a chip? BOY: You gave me two. KATIE: Tommy . . . A year ago, Tommy would have not been able to sit in a group
with two peers. AMIRIS DIPUGLIA: Peer-to-peer manding can be particularly rewarding. It’s just awesome to see students start to interact spontaneously with their peers, approaching their peers,
wanting to be with them more. We want students to not only be able to ask for things from adults, but also to be able to interact with their peers and ask for things as well. MIKE MIKLOS: Peer-to-peer
manding is a first step in getting kids to like other kids. For more information, visit the PaTTAN website.