Social Skills: Understanding Others Reference Sheet
Neurotypical individuals closely observe other humans literally from birth. Individuals on the autism spectrum typically observe others much less often—one of the reasons they are usually significantly less aware of social customs. Greeting others is not as simple as it would seem. Take the example of two men passing each other at work. The social norm could be a quick nod in greeting if they were acquaintances. A verbal “good morning” could actually be judged as a little odd. Students on the spectrum can use this reference sheet to become familiar with the many choices of greetings, as well as the contexts in which to use them when paired with discussion.