Philadelphia area playwright Todd Cardin has developed unique social scripting narratives developed to provide training for children on the autistic spectrum. Cardin's goal for creating these social scripts is to provide an instruction tool that will help children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome learn how to properly interact with other people in a variety of social situations. Social scripting is a common tool used with children diagnosed with these conditions because primary characteristics of the conditions revolve around social alienation and/or improper responses and actions to incoming social stimuli. Social scripts are especially helpful to those diagnosed with Asperger's because these children often have the desire to interact with others but are unable to comprehend quite how to do so. Unlike those with autism, people with Asperger's have no language/communication delays that may contribute to social problems. The great thing about social scripts and stories is that they can be performed or read on a regular basis. Repetition is a necessary aspect in any learning activities for children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Because children with Asperger's often have excellent memories, they can show very fast results when scripts are reviewed on a very continuous basis.
Todd Cardin writes each social script specifically for the individual child in need of assistance. With input from the child, teachers, parents, and medical providers, scripts are developed to help the child learn desired social responses. The scripts also serve as an excellent way to teach a child the correct positive behavior that should be exhibited in certain situations instead of negative ones they may be currently exhibiting. Todd Cardin understands that for the best results to be achieved from social scripting when it comes to correcting negative behavior, a child must see the correct behavior without any mention of the bad one in order to ensure that no confusion takes place. Social scripts must also be tailored to the problem areas of the specific person because not all children respond the same way to the same stimuli. These customized strategies help the child learn routines while eventually providing them with the capability to think on their feet when the routine is changed. This will hopefully lead to more acceptable social interactions and will give the foundation for independence later in life. Todd's scripts foster a team approach that focuses on addressing behaviors and strengthening weakness by utilizing the child's strengths.