Social communication involves using language to interact with others in a variety of different situations. Success in the workplace involves having the ability to effectively share and understand ideas. It can also involve building and maintaining positive workplace relationships as the social culture is an important aspect of a work environment. There are many different underlying skills that go into being an effective communicator, which we will explore in this chapter.

Disclaimer: Some of the skills below may be uncomfortable and utilizing them may feel exhausting or lead to masking. Know that practicing these skills can make them easier. That being said, it is your choice whether you want to use any of the strategies below. We list them here because most jobs involve some degree of social interaction, and it may be challenging navigating social norms in different work settings. See the self-advocacy section of this manual to learn strategies to help your employer understand your differences to promote acceptance of neurodiversity so that you can fit in exactly as you are.

  1. Hidden expectations
  2. Non-verbal cues
  3. Workplace social skills
  4. Interpersonal relationships
  5. Conversation
  6. Putting it all together
Module 1 Hidden expectations
Topic 1 Hidden expectations - Introduction
Topic 2 Unspoken rules and Body Language
Topic 3 What is the Hidden Curriculum
Topic 4 Asperger’s Syndrome: Learning Unwritten Social Rules
Topic 5 Different communication styles
Module 2 Non Verbal Cues
Topic 1 Nonverbal cues - Introduction
Topic 2 Expressing and understanding welcoming vs unwelcoming social cues
Topic 3 Practice
Topic 4 Personal Hygiene in the workplace
Topic 5 Sarcasm
Module 3 Workplace social skills
Topic 1 Workplace social skills - Intro
Topic 2 Responding to Criticism
Topic 3 Giving feedback
Topic 4 Asking for help
Topic 5 Perspective Taking
Topic 6 Video - Snack attack
Topic 7 Discuss and document
Topic 8 Suggestions for Group and Team Work
Module 4 Interpersonal Relationships
Topic 1 Finding Friends
Topic 2 Interpersonal Do’s and Don’ts 
Topic 3 Emphatic Listening
Topic 4 Let's practice
Topic 5 Conflict Resolution
Topic 6 Conflict resolution follow-up
Topic 7 How to deal with conflict
Module 5 Conversation
Topic 1 Greetings and Introductions
Topic 2 Joining a conversation
Topic 3 Maintaining a conversation
Topic 4 Conversation breakdowns
Module 6 Putting it all together
Topic 1 Interview skills
Topic 2 Common question 1
Topic 3 Common question 2
Topic 4 Common question 3
Topic 5 Common question 4
Topic 6 Common question 5
Topic 7 Common question 6
Topic 8 Common question 7
Topic 9 Common question 8
Topic 10 Common question 9
Topic 11 Common question 10
Topic 12 Common question 11
Topic 13 Common question 12
Topic 14 Common question 13
Topic 15 Common question 14
Topic 16 Common question 15
Topic 17 Interview reminders
Topic 18 Written Communication
Topic 19 Talking on the phone
Topic 20 Resigning
Topic 21 Finding the Right Fit