An Emory University program is offering adults on the autism spectrum the opportunity to work on social skills and foster camaraderie through weekly meet-ups.
Loren Fisher, 29, has a nonverbal learning disorder and attended school for kids with autism spectrum disorders in Vermont growing up, but had few options as an adult in Atlanta, MyFoxAtlanta.com reported.
But through the My Life program, Loren developed social skills and learned to make eye contact with his peers, which he takes with him to his job bagging groceries at a local super market.
“Kroger desires us to talk to the consumers, to make them feel welcome. But that’s just more difficult for me,” Fisher told MyFoxAtlanta.com. “Maybe it’s anxiety or nerves.”
Dr. Joe Cubells, manager of medical and adult services at the Emory Autism Center, said it’s also important for his students to learn social cues. At the weekly hangouts the group works on practicing societal nuances and making small talk.
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