One of the most commonly misunderstood characteristics of a person diagnosed on the autism spectrum is in the domain of social pragmatics. While all of our students share this particular deficit to some degree, most of our students crave meaningful friendships — to feel like they “belong.” The opportunity for a person to identify with a peer in this area of challenge can actually be a very normalizing and confidence boosting experience. Among the many aspects of social pragmatics that are not always intuitive for our students, are the ability to empathize, problem solve, take perspective, and have self-awareness, which leads to self-advocacy. Our therapeutic classes are designed to group students with like skills, therefore providing an opportunity for the mastery, or generalization of these skills. Throughout the day when students engage in our therapeutic curriculum, they are modeling appropriate social behavior. Milestones has more than 25 years of experience developing strong social skills for students.