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Nuturing social skills in autistic children

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Social skills can be hard to understand for many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with many parents find it difficult to teach every day social and communication skills.

 

Cosequently, social skills stories have become an excellent tool for teaching many essential and non-essential life-skills. Research suggests that parents feel that teaching a child with autism social and communication skills is a primary focus.

 

For students with autism “fitting in” to mainstream classrooms can be challenging! An autistic student displaying social skills deficits will probably find it hard in a mainstream classroom unless he/she is taught appropriate social and communication skills. Research suggests that successes in teaching an autistic student social skills can increase self-confidence and understanding as well as boost the autistic student’s attention span and general behaviour within the classroom, which can all help the student with autism reach his or her full potential.

 

We can conclude from researc and studies into Autism Spectrum Disorder  that nurturing social skills in autistic children is beneficial in helping the child to “fit in” socially and reducing anxiety and stress.

 

Originally social skills stories were developed to help with communication difficulties in children with ASD. However, today they are used more widely as a strategy in teaching autistic children social and communication skills thus addressing their social skills deficits.

 

A social skills story can act as a role model, showing and the skill or situation being addressed in smaller easier to understand pieces. This is a proven strategy in teaching autistic children. A social story is a short descriptive story describing using images and text a particular social skill being acted out (modelled).

 

The social skills story shows the skill from the child’s point of view in small easy to follow pieces. Using visual images the social skills story shows a step by step plan answering the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what and HOW) as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others, much like reading a script of the skill, this is allowing the child with autism to rehearse the skill.

 

A social skills story can also be used to help with transitions, changes to routines and other less common situations. Using the same formula social skills stories will help parents and teachers nurturing social skills in autistic children effectively.

 

To learn more about how social stories help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to  learn social and communication skills visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

Building social skills in autistic children

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Social skills are difficult to understand for many children with ASD, and parents find teaching every day social and communication skills challenging. The social skills story has become an excellent tool for teaching those valuable skills.

 

Quite often teaching a child with autism social and communication skills can become a primary focus for many parents and teachers of autistic students.

 

An autistic student with social skills deficits will struggle in a mainstream classroom unless their taught appropriate social and communication skills. Success in teaching an autistic student social skills can increase self-confidence, understanding, the autistic student’s attention span and general behaviour within the classroom, which can all help the autistic student reach his or her full potential.

 

Research into autism has shown us building social skills in autistic children is beneficial if the child is to “fit in” socially with their peers.

 

Social skills stories were designed initially to aid communication deficits in children with ASD. However, today they are used more widely as a strategy in teaching autistic children social and communication skills thus addressing their social skills deficits.


A social skills story is much like a role model, this has been prove a successful strategy in teaching autistic children. A social story is a short visual story that describes with images and text a particular social skill being acted out (modelled).

 

The social skills story shows the skill from the child’s point of view in small easy to follow pieces. Using visual images the social skills story shows a step by step plan answering the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others, much like reading a script of the skill, this is allowing the autistic child to rehearse the skill.

 

A social skills story can also be used to help with transitions, changes to routines and other less common situations. Using the same formula social skills stories will help parents and teachers with building social skills in autistic children effectively.

 

To learn more about how social stories can help a child with autism learn social and communication skills visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Or

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

 

 

 


Teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

We all need to be able to communicate to express our thoughts, feelings, needs and wants. As typically developing individuals we learn the skills of both verbal and non-verbal communication naturally, through things like our peers, families, schools and the environment. The ability to naturally acquire communication skills is absent in autistic children.

 

We communicate for many reasons, to offer help, support, to alert children to hazards and dangers, learning and for recreation. As typically developing individuals we also have the ability to read and send non-verbal communication of our thoughts, wishes, desires, needs, hopes and so on. By communicating we can also share so our experiences and knowledge through verbal or non-verbal means.

 

For autistic individuals the ability to communicate affectively is missing!

 

However there are treatments and resources for autism available to parents and educators of autistic children that will help with teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors. One of these treatments and resources for autism is called social stories.

 

What exactly are social stories?

Developed to help autistic individuals learn a functional means of communication the social story is appropriate for children with autism to learn and use appropriate social and communication skills and behaviors the majority of us learn naturally.

 

For example making friends, learning to play, listen, ask questions, use the bathroom, understand school rules, share, take turns, understand personal space and so on…

 

Social stories are a significant factor in teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors and are widely used by parents and educators of autistic children with great success rates.

 

The social skills story is a short, visually rich, descriptive piece of text written in first person tense which sets out in a step by step visual plan a skill, behavior, situation, task etc. in a way the child with autism can understand and follow simply. It shows the child with autism the what, why, where and when making them more comfortable with the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced.

 

The social skills story can be quickly and easily implemented and edited to suit individual needs. They can be read daily or whenever needed and can be used on their own or with other social stories depending on what help and support is needed.

 

To learn more about social stories for autistic children and young people; and how the can help you with teaching autistic children communication skills and positive behaviors to your child with autism visit:

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Or any of the following sites and gain immediate down load of social stories for autistic children and young people.

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school



http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

Tips for teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


Generally most autistic children commonly face problems with communication skills. This is mainly due to the frequent speech and language problems associated with autism spectrum disorder.

 

The autistic child’s lack of communication skills can make interpretation and interaction with the child difficult for parents of autistic children and teachers.

 

No two autistic children are the same; therefore individuals will develop communication skills dependant on their own social and intellectual development.

 

While some children with autism may never develop speech, other children with autism may have extensive vocabularies and be able to express themselves regarding complex topics.

 

However, generally all autistic children will have some form of communication skills difficulty. This is normally noticeable with the child’s odd use of language, for example difficulty with intonation, rhythm, and word and sentence meaning.


Many parents of autistic children report their child may use echolalia, where they simply repeat what they have heard, even if they have been asked a question.

 

Others will use delayed echolalia, using the question previously posed in order to ask for what they want. For example, a child who had earlier been asked “are you thirsty?” may say “are you thirsty” at a later time to express his thirst.

 

Many verbal children with autism may say things without true information, expression, or content.

Many parents of autistic children also report their autistic child having a stock of phrases they use.

For example, a child may introduce him or herself at the beginning of conversations. Some autistic children use repetitive language they pick up from television shows, commercials, cartoons and other recorded dialogs.

Many kids with autism can speak extensively about a topic that they may be obsessed by and will not need the other person to answer they can become stuck on a topic and be unaware of the other person becoming bored or trying to change the subject.

Sometimes kids with autism will make up a voice like a robotic voice, some will use a deep voice, or a squeaky voice etc. rather than use their own voice.

There are tips for teaching autistic children communication skills and communication skills such as social skills stories for autistic children.


Social stories have been around for almost twenty years and are used affectively by parents and teachers for teaching autistic children communication skills both verbal and non-verbal.

 

Generally social skills stories for autistic children are written by experts using appropriate language, images and text that kids with autism can relate too and understand.

 

Most kids with autism are visual learners and will respond very well to social skills stories making them one of the most significant autistic resources for the treatment of verbal and non-verbal communications skills teaching of autistic individuals.

 

Many sites offer support to parents and teacher wishing to use appropriate autistic resources to help them find tips for teaching autistic children communication skills.


Sites that offer immediate download of social stories for autistic children that are maintained by experts such as: http://www.autismsocialstories.com now offer immediate downloads of social stories for autistic children.

 

Such as making choices, having a conversation, asking questions, finding friends and so on, social stories can be used for various teachings of social skills not only communication.

 

To download social stories not only for autistic children but also preschool autistic toddlers, teens and asperger syndrome individuals visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Or 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

 

Teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

One of the major issues for children with autism is communication skills deficits. This is due to their condition; autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain of the individual, which results in deficits, in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills for example autism language is generally delayed.

 

All children are different and the severity of deficit will vary between individuals. In some children with autism language will be delayed, however around 9% of autistic children may never develop language.


Therefore the odds are your autistic child will develop speech, but their language development may be delayed. For autistic children communication both verbal and non verbal is not a natural skills and needs working on. With autism the ability to read another persons body language is missing and so is the ability to read faces making non-verbal communication extremely tricky.


A subtle nod, wink, glance or a knowing glare is not going to be interpreted as you would want it to be, which can lead to social misunderstandings and errors.

 

Making non-verbal communication stressful and at times socially isolating for the autistic child themselves. So how can you go about teaching autistic children communication skills that will actually help?


One method which has significant success rates is social skills stories. Reports and research into social skills stories shows tremendous success rates with teaching autistic children communication skills such as asking questions, staying calm, being a good sport, sharing, appropriate touching, a social kiss and so on.


Many parents and autistic educators use social skills stories for just about all social skills and behavior teaching form as varied issues as visiting grand parents, tooth brushing, flushing the toilet, using public toilets to recess and following school rules.

 

Generally written by experts in autism, parents or autistic educators these short visually rich social skills stories explain the issue, skill or behavior being taught in the first person from the autistic child’s point of view using appropriate language and images describing the situation and giving social cues.

 

To learn more about how and when social skills stories can benefit your child plus to gain immediate downloads of appropriate expertly written social skills stories visit one of the sites listed below:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocicalstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto


All these sites give you immediate access to social skills stories for teaching both verbal and non verbal communication plus other social skills and behaviors for children with autism.

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