Research shows that social skills guidance and teaching is beneficial to those on the autism spectrum.
Social skills impairments are common in children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), and are considered to be the chief reason children with ASD struggle social skills and behaviours, for example: making friends, sharing, recess and so on.
Children with social skills impairments will have differing abilities. Here are some of the social skills impairments your child may display
Deficits in communication skills – Children with autism can struggle with non-verbal communication as well as the use of language.
Deficits in social skills – Children with autism can struggle with social skills and may not understand facial expression or be able to read body language, which can lead to social misunderstandings. They also struggle to understand imaginative play, often preferring to play alone.
Deficits in imagination skills – Children with autism struggle with imagination and tend to be very literal, typically saying as they see it which can often offend.
There is no cure for autism, but there are treatments for autism which can help children on the spectrum learn social skills. These treatments for autism include: PECS, visual support cards, flash cards and social skills stories.
Possibly the most widely used of these treatments for autism is social skills stories. Social stories help the child on the spectrum recognise and understand what is expected of them and what they can expect of others in a situation.
Social skills stories for autism spectrum disorder follow a set formula of different sentence type, are normally written in first person text and will be from the point of view of the child on the spectrum.
Answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW”
Social skills stories also give children on the autism spectrum scale an insight into the thoughts feelings and emotions of others.
Through visual images and text break the skill or behaviour down into smaller easier to understand sections. A social skills story can help guide the child’s responses and actions, thus reducing misunderstandings, stress and confusion.
Generally social skills stories for autism spectrum disorder can be implemented fairly effortlessly, and are normally editable and printable for convenience. No formal training is needed to use social skills stories.
For more information on Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skills Guidance
and downloads of social skills stories for autism spectrum disorder social skills training visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com