One of the more difficult aspects of dealing with a difficult child in my home is the social component to his disability. For him, it is really all about social skills, or the lack of them. This not only has implications for him; but for the whole family as well. For me and husband, it has meant that we don't invite people home to entertain - unless they are very, very good friends or family. This is a bit awkward for us, as we are living in a very neighborly environment and people go to each others houses for "nibbles and drinks" quite regularly. It also has meant that easy child is unable to have playmates over while difficult child is in the house, due to difficult children unpredictable behavior. As for difficult child himself, playdates need to be strictly timed to 2-hours - no more - he simply can't handle it. One of the things that we have found that works, is to map out social stories for various situations with difficult child. We use clip art/icons to do this (also known as Picture Exchange Cards or PECs). In this way, we can manipulate the stories to match difficult children social deficits and hopefully improve on them! We also do a lot of social gatherings outside of the home: parks, indoor playgrounds, etc. I'm curious to hear about what other social strategies people use - whether for themselves, their difficult children, or their PCs.