Virtual reality social cognition training and the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills are two therapies for adults with autism, notes Autism Speaks. Virtual reality therapy uses computer simulation to improve the social skills of young adult participants. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS, program relies on group therapy sessions to develop social skills in those 18 to 30 years old, states the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Regular virtual reality social cognition training over a period of five weeks improves social cognition, emotion recognition and actual social functioning in social situations and on the job, according to PubMed Central. This is a useful therapy type for adults with autism who hope to improve their social skills and general level of functioning.
The PEERS young adult program provides similar services through social intervention in the form of group therapy session for autistic young adults who are motivated to improve their social skills, explains the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. The sessions aim to improve friend-making abilities and increase the potential for future romantic relationships. Participants learn new skills and practice them during the sessions. Each participant brings along a helper, such as a family member or peer mentor, to help with reinforcing new skills outside of the group sessions.