The Autism Demystification Model is an evidence-based social-emotional model designed to demystify autism and educate peer groups and adults about the common characteristics associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The model promotes understanding, acceptance and empathy toward individuals on the autism spectrum. The model also introduces participants to the conceptual learning goals and prosocial communication strategies that work to foster social inclusion, play and friendships between individuals on the autism spectrum and their peers in natural social settings of schools and other community settings.
Autism Demystification term was coined by Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society’s founder and executive director and the creator of the model and programs Heather McCracken. Autism demystification is a process of providing information about the characteristics of autism in an inclusive and nonjudgmental, generic way that supports a general knowledge or understanding of autism.
The inclusive model uses a systematic process to support participants to better understand, accept and empathizes with individuals on the autism spectrum. The Autism Demystification model a four-step approach to demystifying by: Modeling, Labeling, Explaining, Normalizing
The model also works to build skills in peer groups by teaching prosocial communications strategies. The models Seven Friendship Tips offer prosocial communication strategies that enhance social interactions between individuals on the autism spectrum and their peers.