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Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Generally “normally” developing teenagers learn social skills through observation and parental instruction; this is not the case for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Typically adolescents with autism spectrum disorder lack The Theory of mind and can find social skills difficult to master without direct teaching.

What is The Theory of mind – simply put The Theory is the ability to predict another person’s thoughts or emotions through observation – “reading facial expression, gestures, body language and speech inflection”

For teenagers with autism this is a skill that they lack, and therefore need help to learn.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism is necessary and can be achieved through Intervention Strategies like social stories.

We all need basic social skills, this is especially important during puberty. For teens with autism puberty can be very confusing, Intervention Strategies like social stories can help alleviate some of the difficulties and stress surrounding this time in the teens life.

A social story is like a visual framework of a skill or behaviour set out in terms of the relevant social cues. So for example a social story can be used to teach personal hygiene rules, personal space, no touching, transitions and so on, in-fact almost any skill the teenager with autism is struggling with.

For teens with autism puberty is confusing, a changing body and feelings can add up to anxieties which can lead to meltdowns and isolation. By putting social stories in-place for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder you can help them make sense of this period in their lives.

Social stories are short descriptive stories that use visual images/pictures to describe a skill or situation from the autistic teens point of view. The social story will answer the “wh” questions – who, what, where, when and why as well as “HOW” and will provide autistic teens an insight into what other people may be feeling or thinking.

Social skills teaching for teenagers with autism using social stories is beneficial to learn more about how social stories for teens with autism can help your adolescent visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

Where you will find information on social stories as well as have the chance to download social stories for teens with autism on puberty and other issues the teen may be facing.

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens