Teaching Social Skills to Kids with autism
Kids with autism need to be taught autistic social skills directly, as they do not easily pick up on these skills from their environment like a normally developing child will.
Autistic children tend not to pick up on social skills and are unable to understand body language or facial expressions, which makes interpreting the thoughts and feelings of otherâ€™s an impossible task.
It is very important to think about how you will help your child understand the need for certain social skills.
For example if you intend your child to be included in main stream education a certain amount of social skills is important. The ability to wait your turn in class to ask a question, manners, good eating habits and the ability to toilet themselves appropriately for their age.
While most schoolâ€™s will have thought about asperger classroom accommodations, or autism classroom accommodations, there is still the need for the appropriate autistic social skills to be taught and re-enforced to make your childâ€™s inclusion as easy as possible.
Kids with Autism and Asperger Syndrome are often capable of working at the same level as their peerâ€™s; but are at risk of not being included in a classroom because of behavioral issues or poorly developed social skills.
The â€œautistic social skills storiesâ€ have become an excellent tool for teaching those valuable social skills.
Teaching social skills to autistic children has become one of the primary focuses when working with autistic children.
Success in teaching social skills to kids with autism can increase self-confidence and lead to positive result in other areas of the classroom and life in general for autistic children.
A good autistic social skills story will focus on a particular social situation or interaction. A trip to the dentist, moving school, going shopping, or recess – these are all good examples of situations a social story might focus on.