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Christmas time with a child on the Autism Spectrum

Monday, December 11th, 2017

For many children on the autism spectrum Christmas may be a time for stress and anxiety, with the on-going chaos and sensory overload the Festive Season provides.
However there are strategies that parents of autistic children can put in place to help their child cope.
Christmas time with a child on the Autism Spectrum,child on the Autism SpectrumTypically children with autism spectrum disorder ARE visual thinkers and learners; this means that they use speech/language secondary and visual information as a primary means of communication.
So how does this help us at Christmas!
Generally for children on the autism spectrum Christmas is unpredictable, and it is this unpredictability that CAN cause the most distress.
Using VISUAL autistic supports can help.
Characteristically children with autism spectrum disorder respond well to visual autistic supports like social skills stories.
Using autism supports for Christmas
Visual Timetables: Can be used to show a count-down to Christmas, and help the child with ASD visually see what is happening each day on the run up to Christmas, for example buying the tree, putting up the tree, decorating the house, a school play, party and so on.
Photos: Show your child with ASD photographs of last year and how you celebrated to remind them of how the Festive Season is going to be.
Visual Social Story Cards: Can be introduced to help the child with ASD deal with changes to routines, learning new skills and coping with unpredictability. Visual social story cards ARE small laminated story cards which act like a framework of a skill or situation for example the school play. The story card can help the child to understand what is happening and what is expected of them.
Autism social skills stories: Probably the most significant of the autism supports for Christmas. Autism social skills stories answer the “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why as well as “ how” and offer an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others. The social skills story is a short descriptive story from the autistic child’s point of view which uses visual images to show how and why something is happening and how the autistic child can deal with this, as well as what other people will be expecting of them.
Visual flash cards – PECS: These can be used to help communication difficulties during the festive season.
Therefore Christmas time with a child on the Autism Spectrum need not be too stressful once the right visual autistic supports are put in place, visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/christmas

Visual method to teach social skills to children with autism

Monday, October 9th, 2017

A child with Autism will not set out intentionally to misbehave or cause stress or upset to anyone, simply out of fun or mischief.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder that affects the way the individual processes information, communicates, uses language, thinks, acts, reacts and uses their imagination. These common characteristics of autism are called social skills deficits.

 

The common characteristics of autism will often make the child appear rude, aloof even arrogant at times. However this is not intentional, an individual with autism spectrum disorder will be brutally honest and say as they see it, be uninterested in appearing cool and oblivious to public opinion.

 

Using a visual method to teach social skills to children with autism is useful. Research suggests an improvement in social behaviour can be seen when social stories are introduced.

 

Using social stories can improve communication issues and help the child with Autism understand behaviours like pretend play, and making friends. Social stories are short descriptive narratives like a social script or framework for the skills or behaviour needing to be taught.

 

They use images to help show what is happening and what is expected of them. Answering the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as offering an insight into the verbal and non verbal communications of others, social skills stories can help support as well as teach social and communications skills, thus reducing stress and inappropriate behaviours.

 

To learn more about how to use this visual method to teach social skills to children with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Wonderful Craft Ideas to share with your child on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

child with autism,wonderful craft ideas to share with your child on the Autism Spectrum,child on the Autism Spectrum,Kids with autismPlay is a necessary part of growing up for most children, but unlike a typically developing child the child with autism will almost certainly have issues with pretend play.

However, craft can be more structured, there are rules to follow and it is not necessarily all left to the imagination and for a child on the Autism Spectrum this can be helpful.

Therefore, wonderful craft ideas to share with your child on the Autism Spectrum can help you to interact with your child and have fun together. No two children are the same and what holds the attention of one child might not hold the attention of another, so with this amazing fun filled craft book there is something for everyone.

Kids with autism are typically quite sensitive to sensory stimulation. So activities such as running, spinning and twirling can be quite good fun for them. Try creating activities based around movement for example bouncing on a trampoline (inside and out). Or try swinging on a swing, in a hammock or try using a blanket to swing your child.

Many kids with autism like to build things for example using Lego. You may also find putting a puzzle together is quite good fun with your child.

Other Wonderful Craft Ideas to share with your Child on the Autism Spectrum can be viewed at: Craft Ideas to share

Typically children on the autism spectrum are visual thinkers and learners and will find visual activities, information and projects more interesting. This applies to learning social awareness and communication skills as well.

A child with autism WILL gain better understanding of what to do in a situation if they are shown visually. Therefore visual teaching methods and tools, have been proven to be successful. For example a child with autism that is sensitive to sensory stimulation may find social stories useful when it comes to situations like hair washing, brushing their teeth, getting a haircut, visiting the dentist and so on…

Such social stories for teaching hygiene habits can be found at http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene.html

There is also for immediate download 33 wonderful craft Ideas for you to share with your Child on the Autism Spectrum including:
• There Candy Crafts
• Dried Flowers
• Making Gifts
• How to make a scarecrow
• How to make homemade ice cream
• How to make homemade stickers
• Making handmade paper
• Making homemade potpurri
• Making jewellery
• Sea shell crafts
• Trash Art
Ready for immediate download as well as other tools for autism such as social stories, visual social story cards, picture communication cards, now and next boards, visual schedules, behaviour charts and more…

Visit for social stories: http://www.autismsocialstories.com