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Improving social skills in teenagers with autism

Saturday, April 10th, 2010


Typically developing teens will learn social skills through observation and interactions with the world around them.

 

But for adolescents with autism this ability is missing, due to their social skills deficits. These social skills deficits will almost always be present in adolescents with autism, but with varying degrees.

 

For teenagers with autism the ability to pick up on social cues like for example, body language, hand gestures, facial expressions, as well as speech inflections like humour, warmth, sarcasm or hostility is missing.

 

For many teens with ASD simple social interactions like having a conversation or joining a conversation, making and maintaining friendships can be difficult. A lot of parents, care givers and teachers turn to simple yet effective methods and treatments for improving social skills in teenagers with autism, such as social stories.

 

Social stories can be a useful tool for many teens with ASD. Research suggests that social stories be used as a means of addressing social skills deficits, by improving and teaching social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviours in individuals with ASD.

 

A social story is generally written for a person with social skills deficits to help improve and teach positive social interactions or behaviours.

 

At the start of puberty teens with autism can sometimes be confused, and need help to understand puberty and the changes happening in their own bodies.

 

Social stories can be used as a tool that will help explain puberty to teens with autism. The social story can also be used as a tool with issues like personal hygiene for example using deodorant, showering, for autistic girls menstruation, masturbation, appropriate touching, social kissing, swearing, and personal space.

 

Parents, care givers and teachers agree that the se of social stories at this time in an individual with autisms life is proven helpful.

 

To gain access to social stories that will help with improving social skills in teenagers with autism, such as using deodorant, showering, for autistic girls menstruation, masturbation, appropriate touching, social kissing, swearing, and personal space.

 

Visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

Other sites offering social stories can be found at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

http://www.autismscoialstories.com/socialskills