Most individuals with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) find social situations very difficult. As typically developing individuals we learn social skills instinctively from our family, teachers, peers and general environment.
Unfortunately individuals with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are not able to instinctively learn social and communication skills and can sometimes be the subject of jibes, social mistakes and blunders due to their lack of appropriate social and communication skills.
Social stories are used as a treatment of autism to help children with autism spectrum disorder learn and develop an understanding of social and communication skills.
Social stories are used by parents, care givers, teachers and other professionals working or involved with children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Social Stories were originally developed byÂ therapist Gray to help her communicate with the autistic children she was working with, today social skills stories are used more widely as a means of developing social understanding and addressing communication difficulties.
A social story should introduce appropriate social knowledge, using first person text and visual images to describe the social situation or skill. It explains the how’s and whys of a social setting by answering the “wh” questions - who, where, why, when and what.
A social story should be made up of four different sentence types, descriptive, perspective, directive and control sentences.
Generally children with an ASD are visual thinkers and learners which means they think in pictures. Therefore when teaching an autistic child it is generally easier to make information as visual as possible, that way the child will find the information easier to understand.
This is why a good social story will give information through pictures and first person text, each social story provides clear, concise and accurate information about what is happening in a specific social situation. The social skills story acts as role model for autistic children, helping them understand and cope with social situations and address communication difficulties effectively.
To learn more about autism and social skills, as well as how social skills stories can help children with an ASD visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com
For information on autism and social skills, as well as downloads of social stories visit any of the following sites