Encourage good hygiene in autism

Learning self-help skills such as good eating habits, dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene can be challenging for young people with autism spectrum disorder.

Social skills stories can be used effectively to help explain good hygiene habits and routines in autism. Social skills stories are developed to help individuals with autism understand how others perceive their appearance and the social implications of neglecting personal hygiene.

By using visual images and first person text in a step-by-step framework or plan the social story can explain exactly what individuals with autism need to remember to ensure good hygiene.


Teaching personal hygiene to young people with autism spectrum disorder can be problematic due to social skills deficits. Individuals with ASD may not understand the need to develop good hygiene habits.


Social skills deficits are common to autism and affect the way an individual processes information, thinks, acts and reacts to situations , skills and behaviours the rest of us take for granted or as “normal”

Social stories encourage good hygiene in autism by answering the important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts feelings and emotions of others.

Individuals with ASD are generally visual thinkers and learners therefore visual strategies such as social stories are beneficial. The social story should be editable, easy to personalize and print and be convenient to use.

Personal hygiene skills such as tooth brushing, showering and menstruation can be addressed using appropriate social stories for autism hygiene habits.

To learn more about how social stories for autism hygiene habits can be implemented to help ASD individuals with personal hygiene skills and routines visit sites such as: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

Social stories short pieces of text, visual strategies which show ASD individuals how to cope with situations, skills and behaviours that they struggle to understand or deal with.

Social stories for autism hygiene habits can be downloaded from http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

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(ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills lessons

It is not uncommon for individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to display challenging behaviors and difficulties with social interactions and communication skills.

All individuals with ASD have social and communication deficits which are often referred to as the theory of mind, or “mind blindness”. Meaning they lack the ability to predict the thoughts, feelings and emotions of other people; which can lead to social mistakes or blunders especially in teenage autistic individuals.

Some of these deficits can include:


For the majority of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder probably one of the major difficulties they encounter the theory of mind is with initiating social interactions and responding to the social interactions they may receive from others.


Many children with autism spectrum disorder display difficulties engaging in joint attention, and have difficulties with skills such as sharing, playing, pretend play and taking turns etc.


Generally children with autism spectrum disorder lack being able to understand or demonstrate non-verbal social communication i.e. the “unwritten rules” of social interactions.

Teaching an autistic child to overcome their social skills deficits is quite often a struggle for many parents and teachers.


There are treatments of autism available which can help parents and teachers find suitable methods of tackling social skills deficits using visual tools such as social skills stories.


There is no need for any formal training or qualification to use social skills stories. And now with the internet and search engines such as google, many parents and teachers are now finding it a lot easier to source this effective resource.


Treatments of autism such as social skills stories are used effectively for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) social skills lessons.

Social skills stories are visually rich, easy to implement, can be personalized and printed. Following a specific formula they effectively teach social and communication skills to autistic children.


Generally autistic youngsters are visual thinkers and learners and respond better to visual information, making visual tools such as social stories an ideal tool.


Social skills stories are implemented to teach social and communication skills to autistic children around the house and school environment.

Using images and first person text a social story breaks the skill or situation the autistic child is struggling with into smaller pieces and uses the social cues to show in a visual framework the skill in an easy to understand visual format, like a role model for the autistic child to follow.

The social story can be personalized to suit an individuals needs.

Social stories for autistic children can be downloaded from sites like http://www.autismsocialstories.com.


All the social skills stories for autistic children on this site are professionally written and visually rich.


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Social stories for teenagers with ASD

Social stories are used effectively by parents and teachers of teenagers with ASD as an intervention strategy that teaches social, communication, interaction, imagination and self help skills and calming methods.

Generally individuals with ASD have great difficulty dealing with unforeseen situations and changes to routines, this is common in autism and aspergers syndrome individuals.


Social stories were first developed by therapist Carol Gray as away to teach those with social deficits appropriate skills and behaviours.


A social story uses specific types of sentences to teach social skills. It is always written in first person text and will normally include visual images to help the ASD teenager identify and understand the skill or behaviour being taught or re-enforced.


Social stories for teenagers with ASD are written for specific situations or events such as puberty, going out, friendships, and hygiene issues and so on.


A social story is an easy and effective way to teach teenagers with ASD.  How to deal with skills, behaviours and situations in an age appropriate manner. By describing the particular situation, skill, event or activity in detail paying particular attention to key points, giving clear concise information about what to expect in that situation and why.

They can provide the individual with ASD some idea of how others might respond in a particular situation and therefore provide a framework for appropriate behaviour.


Generally social stories are visual which is ideal; for the majority of ASD teens that tend to be visual thinkers and learners, making social stories perfect. To learn more and download social stories for ASD teens visit:



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Encouraging daily living skills in children with autism

Research suggests that children with autism spectrum disorder are visual learners. And that teachers and parents alike are finding that teaching and encouraging daily living skills in children with autism spectrum disorder has greater affect when visual supports for ASD are used.

For the majority of children with autism spectrum disorder probably their most debilitating facet is their difficulty with social and communication skills and behaviors.


All individuals with ASD will have in varying degree’s social skills deficits.


Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorder worry their child with have difficulties finding and making friends and taking advantage of the vast range of opportunities of a socially orientated world, as a direct result of their child’s social skills deficits.

Consequently, parents of children with autism spectrum disorder, care gives and teaches use visual supports for ASD such as social stories to assist them in teaching and re-enforcing social and communication skills and behaviors.

Social stories help develop language and communication in children with autism spectrum disorder as well as encouraging daily living skills in children with autism. They are also used to help teach social skills such as hygiene, or behaviors such as making friends, personal space, visiting the dentist and so on..

Social stories for ASD are also useful in and around school. Developed twenty years ago to teach social and communication skills to children with autism, social stories are written in fist person text, following a set formula using visual images to show and explain the skill or behavior being taught o re-enforced.

Almost like a comic strip, the visual step by step plan will show individuals with ASD the what, why, where and when helping them feel more comfortable in and with the situation , activity, event or skill they are struggling to master.

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