Exchanging jokes is an important part of building and maintaining peer relationships but understanding the ritualism and timing involved in the telling of a joke can be challenging for a child on the autism spectrum.
The process of telling a joke can be broken down into a series of steps that can be practiced:
1. making eye contact
2. physical contact if appropriate (hand shake, fist bump, hand on a shoulder)
3. verbal greeting
4. invitation to hear a joke
5. telling the joke
6. closing the interaction