Most children 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 children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) are not able to instinctively learn social and communication skills, this is due to the triad of autistic impairments.
The triad of autistic impairments is typically present in all children on the autism spectrum and is displayed in lack of social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours.
For example a child on the autism spectrum will struggle to make and maintain friends, ask questions and engage in pretend play and so on…
It is generally due to the triad of autistic impairments that can sometimes lead the child with autism to be the subject of jibes, social mistakes and blunders due to their lack of appropriate social and communication skills.
Autism social stories are used as a treatment of autism to help children with an ASD learn and develop an understanding of social and communication skills.
Autism social stories are used by parents, care givers, teachers and other professionals working or involved with children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
Autism social stories were originally developed by therapist Gray to help her communicate with the children on the autism spectrum 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 skills 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 skills 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 a child on the autism spectrum 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 skills story will give information through pictures and first person text, each social skills 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 the child on the spectrum, helping them understand and cope with social situations and address communication difficulties effectively.
To learn more about social skills for autism, as well as how social skills stories can help children with an ASD visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com
For information on social skills for autism, as well as downloads of Autism social stories visit any of the following sites