Visual method to teach social skills to children with autism

October 9th, 2017

A child with Autism will not set out intentionally to misbehave or cause stress or upset to anyone, simply out of fun or mischief.


Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects the way the individual processes information, communicates, uses language, thinks, acts, reacts and uses their imagination. These common characteristics of autism are called social skills deficits.


The common characteristics of autism will often make the child appear rude, aloof even arrogant at times. However this is not intentional, an individual with autism spectrum disorder will be brutally honest and say as they see it, be uninterested in appearing cool and oblivious to public opinion.


Using a visual method to teach social skills to children with autism is useful. Research suggests an improvement in social behaviour can be seen when social stories are introduced.


Using social stories can improve communication issues and help the child with Autism understand behaviours like pretend play, and making friends. Social stories are short descriptive narratives like a social script or framework for the skills or behaviour needing to be taught.


They use images to help show what is happening and what is expected of them. Answering the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as offering an insight into the verbal and non verbal communications of others, social skills stories can help support as well as teach social and communications skills, thus reducing stress and inappropriate behaviours.


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Wonderful Craft Ideas to share with your child on the Autism Spectrum

October 5th, 2017

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However, craft can be more structured, there are rules to follow and it is not necessarily all left to the imagination and for a child on the Autism Spectrum this can be helpful.

Therefore, wonderful craft ideas to share with your child on the Autism Spectrum can help you to interact with your child and have fun together. No two children are the same and what holds the attention of one child might not hold the attention of another, so with this amazing fun filled craft book there is something for everyone.

Kids with autism are typically quite sensitive to sensory stimulation. So activities such as running, spinning and twirling can be quite good fun for them. Try creating activities based around movement for example bouncing on a trampoline (inside and out). Or try swinging on a swing, in a hammock or try using a blanket to swing your child.

Many kids with autism like to build things for example using Lego. You may also find putting a puzzle together is quite good fun with your child.

Other Wonderful Craft Ideas to share with your Child on the Autism Spectrum can be viewed at: Craft Ideas to share

Typically children on the autism spectrum are visual thinkers and learners and will find visual activities, information and projects more interesting. This applies to learning social awareness and communication skills as well.

A child with autism WILL gain better understanding of what to do in a situation if they are shown visually. Therefore visual teaching methods and tools, have been proven to be successful. For example a child with autism that is sensitive to sensory stimulation may find social stories useful when it comes to situations like hair washing, brushing their teeth, getting a haircut, visiting the dentist and so on…

Such social stories for teaching hygiene habits can be found at

There is also for immediate download 33 wonderful craft Ideas for you to share with your Child on the Autism Spectrum including:
• There Candy Crafts
• Dried Flowers
• Making Gifts
• How to make a scarecrow
• How to make homemade ice cream
• How to make homemade stickers
• Making handmade paper
• Making homemade potpurri
• Making jewellery
• Sea shell crafts
• Trash Art
Ready for immediate download as well as other tools for autism such as social stories, visual social story cards, picture communication cards, now and next boards, visual schedules, behaviour charts and more…

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A diagnosis of autism

September 26th, 2017

What do I do after my child receives a diagnosis of autism?
a diagnosis of autism Autism Spectrum Disorder is possibly one of the most frequently diagnosed developmental disorders. There is still as yet no cure for autism and research into its cause continues.

So what do I do after my child receives a diagnosis of autism?

Receiving a diagnosis of autism for your child is not easy. Typically a child with autism will have what is known as the “triad of autistic impairments” these are impairments in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills.

So what does the triad of autistic impairments mean to your child?

Children on the autism spectrum have problems socially interacting and will not normally develop socially in the same way as a “typically developing” child. The child with autism will almost certainly lack the ability to distinguish and read body language and facial expression.

This is often referred to as “mind blindness” or the “theory of mind”. Normally developing children learn how to distinguish the thoughts and feelings of other people as they grow by people watching they begin to distinguish certain expressions, postures and mannerisms this ability is somewhat diminished or completely missing in children on the autism spectrum.

Typically children are by nature very curious and will want to please, copy, mimic and learn social behaviours. The child with autism will probably lack this normal instinct and will need direct instruction for social and communication skills.

Probably one of the most important issues parents have difficulties with after a diagnosis of autism is their fear that their child will not be acknowledged socially and will struggle to make friends.

There is however treatments and therapies available to parents, guardians, teachers and so on, which can be found on the internet such as social skills stories for autism.

Social skills stories for autism are designed to help children with autism gain knowledge of and remember social and communication skills from basic every day life skills such as washing, brushing teeth and using the toilet to more complex skills like accepting a new baby into the family, making friends, buying new shoes, even attending the hospital or dentist.

The use of autism social stories on a regular basis to teach and re-enforce appropriate social skills and behaviours to children on the autism spectrum has been proven to work.

Written by experts, teachers and parents using appropriate language the social skills story will help explain the why, what, where and when and how to the child with autism.

To find out more about social skills stories for autism like autism and making friends visit where you can download various social skills stories for autism

Social Stories designed to help children with autism

September 13th, 2017

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Autism Social Stories provide the child with autism spectrum disorder an explanation and visual framework of the skill or situation that they may find difficult or confusing.

Research shows that Autism Social Stories are an excellent visual teaching tools which can be used to help reduce stress and inappropriate behaviours in some children with an ASD. The social story also increases social understanding and has been reported as a good approach for helping children with an ASD to reach their full potential.

The goal of a social skills story is to increase the child’s understanding of skills and social situations they are struggling to master and understand. By making the child with an ASD more comfortable with and in the situation, and suggest possible responses they may receive from others.

Social skills stories follow specific sentence types: descriptive, perspective, directive and control. Introduced around twenty years ago as a means of communication, Autism Social Stories have grown into a very popular visual strategy that can be used regardless of age and ability.

Generally social skills stories are written by experts, teachers and parents to help teach social and communication skills. Autism Social Stories can be edited to suit all needs, personalized, printed and are portable making them convenient and easy to use.

A social skills story can be introduced to help deal with any situation or skill that the child needs help with. No formal training is needed to use social skills stories, site which offer support and expertly written Autism Social Stories can be found using search engines such as Google.

Sites that offer Social Stories designed to help children with autism like offer support, and downloads of printable social skills stories for various situations and skills.

A social skills story should be visual and use first person text, like a role model the social skills story will help with transitions, and changes to routines as well as teach and support social skills and communication difficulties.

For more information on this visual strategy visit any of the following sites and find Social Stories designed to help children with autism

Using Visual Supports for Autism at Christmas

November 4th, 2016

For many children with autism spectrum disorder Christmas can be a time of high stress and confusion.

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With changes to routines at home and at school, many autistic children can suffer sensory overload. Triggering “meltdowns” and anxiety

As any parent with an autistic child knows, any change to routines can cause problems

“Intervention Strategies such as Social Skills Stories for Christmas ARE used with GREAT effect”

Social stories answer the ever important “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why and give the child with autism clear coping strategies for this time of year!


Comprehending autism spectrum disorders

January 12th, 2016

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other professionals involved in the care and well being of an individual on the spectrum can find comprehending autism spectrum disorders confusing and stressful.


All children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will have the triad of autistic impairments in their ability to:


Socially interact

Communication difficulties

Imagination skills


Plus in most cases sensory processing issues which can affect an autistic individuals senses (taste, smell, touch, sound and sight). Most children with an ASD will also display obsessive and repetitive behaviours, will prefer routines and can become anxious if these routines change.


Children with an ASD also display marked difficulties with non-verbal and verbal communication. A child with autism will have difficulties comprehending the communication and language used by those around them as well difficulties in developing effective communication themselves.


Unlike typically developing children that learn social skills naturally, a child with autism will struggle socially. For many parents probably the hardest challenge they face is their child’s difficulty to understand the social behaviour of others. A child with autism will have difficulties displaying and comprehending appropriate socially accepted behaviours.


Generally most autistic individuals do not process information in the same manner as typically developing beings.  The opinions and thoughts of other are of no real consequence for the individual on the spectrum, which can cause frustrations and upset.


Consequently, comprehending autism spectrum disorders can be frustrating and stressful for those involved in the everyday care of an individual on the spectrum.


Research shows us however that although there is no cure for autism there are various treatments of autism that are available that can help overcome triad of autistic impairments.


Various treatments of autism like social skills stories work effectively addressing the triad of autistic impairments. They do this by showing the autistic child what to expect in certain situations or what is expected of them which reduces stress and helps control anxieties.


By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others a social skills stories visually explain using images and relevant social cues the skill or situation. All helping an autistic child to better understand and cope with the skill or situation that

They may be struggling with.   


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Handling the teenage years when you’re autistic

August 31st, 2014

Being autistic is not easy, social skills deficits and sensory processing issues can hinder your social development.


The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years, but when your autistic these years can be stressful and confusing. A changing body, experiences, transitions, puberty, increased hormones and desires change us and our peers. A once acceptable habit or behaviour may be frowned upon in the teenage years.


Consequently, many teenagers with autism look for treatments and techniques that will help them understand and cope with this stressful time effectively.


Treatments for autism like social skills stories are just one of a few treatments for autism available. Social skills stories are especially good at this time. They are an excellent method for explaining changes, and addressing social and communication deficits as well as sensory processing difficulties to teenagers with autism.


A social skills story is an excellent way of Handling the teenage years when you’re autistic. The social skills story is a short descriptive framework of a skill or behaviour that the autistic person is struggling to master or cope with, for example puberty.


Puberty is stressful even when you’re not autistic, but to the teen with autism this period of their lives can be fraught with frustrations and anxieties. Social stories can show the teen with autism how to cope with the changes happening too them and around them.


A social skills story breaks the skill, situation, behaviour or change down into small pieces and with the use of first person text and images or pictures explains in a consistent manner, answering the important “wh” questions – who, where, when, why and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which helps reduce anxieties and stresses.


Research shows the use of social skills stories can make a positive difference to the life of an autistic teenager. By introducing social stories for teens with autism you can help your autistic teenager realise and deal with the changes that occur to them and around them during adolescents.


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