Common to autism are deficits with: Social skills, communication (verbal and non-verbal) skills and imagination skills, this is known as the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits, and WILL affect all children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Using Autism Visual Supports CAN HELP those on the spectrum overcome Social skills deficits.
The majority of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder ARE visual thinkers and learners, this means they think in pictures (pictures being the first language and speech/words the second language).
Using visual tools for Autistic Spectrum Disorder as a strategy in the home, in school, at work and while out CAN help children with autism better understand social interactions, communication both verbal and non-verbal, use appropriate behaviours and better understand social settings, skills and behaviours.
Autism Visual Supports such as: Visual Flash Cards, PECS, Visual Social Story Cards and Printable Autism Social Skill Stories can be easily implemented and USED to overcome many difficulties.
What are Visual Flash Cards?
Visual Flash Cards are communication tools which are small laminated pieces of card. These cards can be used on their own or with other visual tools for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Visual Flash Cards use an image with accompanying text, many children with autism struggle with instructions, for example a visual flash card may display an image of a washing your hands with the words I wash my hands under it.
What are Visual Social Story Cards?
Visual Social Story Cards work in the same manner as Printable Autism Social Skills Stories, giving children with autism answers and solutions to the problems they have with social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours.
Visual Social Story Cards are simpler forms of regular social stories, the social skills story is broken into smaller sections, with a single image and text on each
page generally A6 size.
What are Printable Autism Social Skills Stories?
Parents, caregivers and teachers USE Social Stories, as treatments for autism which WILL help prepare children with ASD for various situations, behaviours and skills; for example:
Changes to routines
Re-enforcing already learnt skills
Learning new skills and behaviours
Unexpected/surprise events, happenings
Dealing with Frustration, Anger and Stress
Giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others
In-fact anything your child on the autism spectrum needs help to understand and learn.
The social skills story acts like a visual framework or plan, should be colourful and use appropriate images/pictures to VISUALLY show the child with ASD what is happening and WHY
Printable Autism Social Skills Stories answers the “wh” questions: who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and MUST provide children with autism spectrum disorder an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness for children on the autism spectrum scale.
Autism social skills stories are generally written in WORD FORMAT as no two children with an ASD are ever going to be the same. AND WE ALL USE DIFFERENT TERMINOLOGY, making autism social skills stories easy to tweak and EDIT as well as add personal information too, is very important
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