Autism - ROWI

Teaching Social Skills Helps Break the Cycle of Anxiety, Depression and Withdrawal

Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder exhibit excessive fear and worry regarding social situations. The lack of social skills has been directly linked to high levels of social anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Often this distress leads to withdrawal and avoidance of social situations altogether, making social situations even more stressful. This cycle can escalate.

Break the Emotional Cycle

Break the Emotional Cycle

Teaching and practicing social skills helps break the downward cycle of depression and withdrawal that Teens with ASD suffer from.


Help for Teens: Teens with ASD do not need to live with the fear and anxiety of social situations. ROWI offers treatment options, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and social skills training, for teens experiencing social anxiety. Through awareness, assessment and treatment, ROWI can help begin to lift the cloud of fear that envelopes and isolates too many teens with ASD.

Help for the Family: ROWI offers specialized family therapy as well as individualized parent coaching to help the entire family work together.

Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are relieved as teens begin to learn social and life skills such as:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to start, enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumors/gossip, and cyber bullying
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use humor and assess humor feedback
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships