How to use visual strategies in autism

Generally children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions tend to be visual learners. They understand what they see (visual) much easier than what they hear (auditory) or read. Therefore, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder benefit significantly from the use of visual strategies.

 

By using visual strategies parents, care givers and teachers are able to address communication difficulties, helping the ASD child interact successfully with those around them.

 

For many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder interacting with their environment and those around them can prove stressful and confusing.  The ability to understand and read other people’s body language, facial expression and communications is missing in autism.

 

What are the communication difficulties in autism? Firstly the ASD child will be unable to express themselves effectively.  Secondly the ASD child will not understand social skills or cues they will struggle to understand what they are supposed to do or not do.  And can become confused and anxious about what is happening or not happening.

 

For many parents, care givers, teachers and other professionals learning how to use visual strategies in autism has proven beneficial.

 

There are many visual tools available for autism, but probable the most significant visual tools for autism are social stories and PECS cards or flash cards.

 

Learning how to use visual strategies in easy, no formal training is necessary. Visual tools such as social stories for autism can be downloaded, edited and printed to personalize them for your ASD child.

 

Social stories are short visual frameworks of a skill or behaviour that the child with ASD is struggling with. Much like a comic strip conversation, the social story is presented visually with appropriate text always in the first person and from the point of view of the child with ASD.

 

Following a set formula and normally written by experts a social story can be implemented easily and effectively helping communication difficulties and other social skills and behaviours.

 

To learn more about these valuable visual tools and to get downloads of social stories for autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com Here you will find information on how to use visual strategies in autism, as well as info on autism and social stories for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

 

Other sites offering info on autism and social stories for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions can be found at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

What are social stories for ASD?

Social skills stories are used to teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Developed around twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray to teach communication skills to the ASD children she was working with.

 

A social skills story is much like a comic strip conversation, which describes using visual prompts and text the “wh” (who, what, where, why and when) questions for a particular skill or behaviour.

 

For example social stories are used in situations such as; hygiene issues ~ like tooth brushing, showering etc. with teenagers to help with issues such as puberty, menstruation, making friends and social behaviour and so on.

 

By showing the social cues or prompts the social skills story can give specific information in a step by step visual plan or framework in a manner that can be easily digested and understood by the individual with ASD.

 

Social stories provide ASD children, teens and adults information which will help them determine how another person may be feeling their emotions, thoughts and actions helping the ASD individual better react and respond in specific situations.

 

Social stories are probably one of the most significant tools used to help teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Consequently social skills stories for ASD can now be easily adapted and are generally always visually rich.

 

By addressing the theory of mind (social skills deficits) presented the ASD individuals, for example social stoires can be used in the home, school, college and almost anywhere where the individual with autism needs help to understand and master a skill or behaviour that they are struggling to deal with.


Hopefully this will answer the ~ what are social skills stories for ASD question, for more information and to download social skills stories for ASD and related conditions visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Other sites offering downloads of social stories for individuals with autism spectrum disorder can be found at:

http://www.autismsocialstoires.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

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ASD visual supports

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions are generally visual thinkers and learners. Meaning they can understand and relate to information easier when it is presented visually, rather than auditory or written.

 

ASD visual supports are used to help individuals with autism spectrum disorder to communicate and clarify verbal communications.

 

The ASD visual support can be used by teachers to help them give information and instruction for example the ASD visual support can be used on a visual timetable to show the ASD student their daily schedule, lessons and other activities.

 

The teacher can also use ASD visual supports around the classroom to indicate to the ASD student for example the pencil tray, book corner, coat pegs and so on.

 

Presenting information in a visual manner helps the child with ASD understand and process that information easier, clarify any verbal instruction they are given.


ASD visual supports help the child with ASD interpret, understand and act appropriately.

ASD visual supports can be used to help with communication issues with both verbal and nonverbal individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

 

To view and learn more about ASD visual supports and how they can help your child with ASD communicate and understand information, directions, skills and behaviours visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com/visual_aids

 

 

 

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