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Teach the autistic teen social skills using social stories for autistic teenagers

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

What are teens with autism spectrum disorder like? And what are the autism effects on teenagers?

The teenage years are for the vast majority of us our most social years.

But if you’re autistic they CAN be stressful and confusing. So how can YOU HELP your teen cope with this confusing period in their life.

The autism effects on teenagers are still similar to those displayed as a child. The teen on the spectrum will have difficulties with social situations, such as making friends, they will struggle to start and sustain conversations, may prefer to be alone, have difficulties joining in activities and lack imagination.

Many autistic teenagers can appear rude, aloof even in some cases withdrawn. However some autistic teens may be aggressive display tantrums, shout and generally be difficult to control which can cause stress within the classroom and home as the autistic teenager grows so does their strength and capabilities to be destructive.

For many teens with autism spectrum disorder lacking the ability to express their emotions like anger, fear and frustration in ways that are acceptable may cause difficulties, and a behaviour which was acceptable as a child may become inappropriate as the teen with autism spectrum grows older.

As their body alters and hormones rage many teens with autism spectrum disorder can become anxious and confused. The teen on the spectrum will have a lack of social understanding which can cause stress, coupled with a lack of understanding as to what is happening to them physically, this can be a recipe for disaster.

Treatments of autism that teach the autistic teen social skills are available and in the majority of cases prove successful.

Teenagers with autism respond well to help with social skills training. Research suggests that social skills training helps reduce the anxieties.

Teachers and parents of ASD teenagers use treatments of autism such as social stories for autistic teenagers to help them teach the autistic teen social skills and address communication difficulties, such as asking questions, respecting personal space, making friends, menstruation and so on.

The social skills story gives focus to the key points and helps the teenager with autism find answers and techniques for those situations they struggle with.

Social stories for autistic teenagers answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the teenager with autism an insight into the thoughts, emotions and feelings of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals. The social skills story also helps to reduce anxieties and confusion.

A social skills story can be used to help with transitions, hygiene issues, puberty as well as less common issues like appropriate kissing and touching.

Social skills stories use visual images and appropriate first person text in a set formula to describe the situation or skills the ASD teen is finding difficult.

To find out more about how social skills stories will help you to teach the autistic teen social skills and address their communication difficulties visit and get downloads of social stories for autistic teenagers

Where you will find information on what are teens with autism spectrum disorder like and social stories for anyone caring for an ASD teen.

Autism in teenagers

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by the triad of autistic deficits: which are social interaction deficits, communication deficits and imagination skills deficits. Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder display marked difficulties with socialisation, how they think, communicate and relate to those around them.


Individuals with autism may find it hard to make friends and understand what other people are thinking and feeling.


Most individuals with autism will prefer to stick rigidly to routines and become stressed when things change.


Some teenagers with autism can find it very hard to ask for help, this can mean they experience more frustration, anxiety and stress than typically developing teens.


Consequently, parents, care givers and teachers can struggle to communicate with the teen. For many parents this can be very frustrating especially during the teenage years and puberty.


Puberty in autism is not going to be easy, for a teen with an ASD puberty is confusing and difficult to cope with and understand. Changes in their body, transitions, experiences, sexual desires and needs and wants can alter. Puberty in autism need not be an uphill struggle.

Using appropriate resources and treatments for autism designed specifically to help around this period in a young persons life will be beneficial.

There are various treatments of autism available that can help with autism in teenagers such as social stories. Many teens will already be aware of this autistic resource and many will already be benefiting from their use.

Research into autism in teenagers and the subsequent treatments of autism available conclude that social stories are an excellent autistic resource for this period in a young person’s life. Using social skills stories as a strategy can help deal with issues such as puberty in autism, hygiene issues, menstruation, transition and so on, therefore reducing stress and confusion.

Social stories for teenage autism are easy to implement and need no formal training to use they can be edited, printed and personalized to suit each individuals specific needs.


Social stories for teenage autism break down the skill, situation or behaviour that needs addressing into small easier to understand pieces and can act as a role model showing the skill in a framework or step by step plan, explaining the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thought, feelings and emotions that are expressed or show by others.


Social skills stories should follow a specific pattern and use visual images or pictures to support the first person text. Generally an autistic people are visual thinkers and learners and will therefore respond better to information that is presented visually such as in social skills stories.


Developed primarily as a means of communication social skills stories are today one of the major treatments of autism used to help promote positive behaviour, teach social and communication skills and deal with sensory processing issues as well as prepare for changes, deal with negative behaviours and reduce anxieties and stress, such as the stress and anxiety felt around adolescents.

Social stories for teenage autism focus on a specific area of difficulty and allow the autistic teenager a chance to rehearse the skill making them more comfortable with and in the situation.

To learn more about how to help your autistic teenager through the teenage years by using social skills stories visit:



Can be downloaded immediately for use with your teenager.

Teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Many parents of teenagers with autism worry that their child will not “fit in”. This worry is heightened by the autistic teenager’s difficulties in mastering hygiene skills and routines? especially around puberty.

Hygiene skills are essential life skills but for many autistic teens developing these skills can be challenging. Consequently direct teaching of healthy hygiene habits in autism is essential.

Many parents of teenagers with autism look for ways to teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism and turn increasingly towards autistic supports such as social skills stories.


Developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories help teach social and communication skills to autistic individuals effectively.


Using appropriate language and visual representations they show the teen with autism exactly how to master a skill, what to expect and what others will expect.

The social skills stories explain the why, where, what and when of the skill concentrating on the main key points and cutting out all the frills in a way the teen with autism can comprehend and cope with, helping to relieve anxieties and make the teen with autism more comfortable with and in the situation.


Consequently many parents of teenagers with autism use social skills stories to teach healthy hygiene habits and routines in autism and report huge success rates.


Parents of autistic teens implement social skills stories to help with autistic hygiene issues such as:

* autism and going to the bathroom

* puberty and autistic girls

* autistic teenage hygiene ~ using deodorant

* autism and menstruation

* taking a shower

* taking a bath

Plus helping to teach many autistic hygiene issues, all relevant to a healthy lifestyle and being accepted by peers.


Generally parents of autistic teens will already probably have a general knowledge of social skills stories, and may already be using them to teach other social and communication skills to their autistic teenager.


To download social skills stories for healthy hygiene issues in autistic teenagers you can visit:


From this website you can now instantly download 20 social skills stories for healthy hygiene issues in autistic teenagers and children.


Other social skills stories for autistic teenagers dealing with puberty and autistic girls, plus male puberty, school, friendships and other related issues are found at: