Helping Your Child on the Autism Spectrum to Understand Humor

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

Autism Social Skills: Understanding Humor