For individuals with autism, just keeping a conversation on topic can be a huge hurdle. But a program in Baltimore is showing that it is possible to teach social skills.

Specialists at the Kennedy Krieger Institute meet weekly with kids ages 10 to 12 to coach them through conversation. The idea is to learn to share what’s happening in their lives while engaging and showing empathy toward the fellow group members.

The progress is slow, but significant, with the children learning to listen to each other and engage when prompted, reports NPR. To read more click here.

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