ABOUT THE SERIES

Based on the training methods of Gail Hawkins – founder of Hawkins Institute in Toronto, and author of How To Find Work That Works for People With Asperger Syndrome – “Learning to be Social” is an interactive web-based training series for people with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) – featuring people with ASD.

The series uses a positive, respectful approach; incorporates interactive quizzes to improve retention and foster learning; and focuses on building a strategic skills’ foundation to help people with ASD improve their social interactions. It integrates a workbook designed with both the viewer and a “Support Companion” e.g. family member, teacher or councellor, in mind. The integrated workbook provides explanations, exercises and assignments as well as observation templates and instruction to anyone supporting the viewer.

The 21 people with ASD who collaborated in the production of this series offer unique perspectives, strategies and insights that bring Learning to be Social to a new level.

The Learning to be Social course is for individual-use only. For group use, please contact Hawkins Institute.

Learning To Be Social

  • Featuring an Integrated & Interactive Workbook

    with exercises, games and worksheets to support learning, retention and to help apply lessons in the real world. The workbook also provides tips and notes for the person supporting you in learning to be social.

  • Benefits

    • How to assess your social self
    • The secrets to being successfully social
    • How to have positive conversations
    • Ways to meet people with common interests
    • Deciphering social codes  and expectations
    • How to create a positive impression
    • A logical body language breakdown
    • 10 practical ways to make friends
  • Group Format Coming Soon!

    By popular demand, Learning to be Social will soon be made available with documentation to support group facilitation (group pricing will apply).  The group format will incorporate additional lessons, activities and exercises suited to small and medium sized groups. To be notified when this is available, please send us an email.
  • Episode Guide

    ACT ONE - AWARENESS

    • Positive vs Negative Attention The
    • Impression Episode Strategies

    ACT TWO - CONVERSATION

    • Listening Speaking Questions & Comments
    • Small Talk

    ACT THREE - BODY LANGUAGE

    • Context
    • Body Language Guide

    ACT FOUR - SOCIAL MANNERS

    • Social Expectations
    • 10 Manners that help make you approachable

    ACT FIVE - HUMOUR

    • The Importance of Humour
    • Joking or Serious?
    • Safe Humour
    • Responding to Humour

    ACT SIX - FRIENDSHIP

    • Stages of Friendship
    • Where to Meet People 

Are you interested in Learning to be Social?

Learn from your peers who share explanations, tips and strategies. Discover how to leverage your strengths when Learning To Be Social!

Funding & Support

Hawkins Online Institute would like to acknowledge Unity for Autism for the Grant they awarded to make this video series possible along with our Charitable partner on this project The Canadian Autism Foundation.Unity for autism 300x300CNAF 300x300