We use social skills everyday of our lives, at home, school, college, work and while out and about.
What is meant by social skills? Social skills are needed when we communicate with other people, have a conversation, interact, make friends, play, deal with conflict and read the body language and facial expressions the emotions of those around us, its knowing how to act and react.
The development social skills in typically developing youngsters happens naturally without a lot of direct instruction, they watch and learn social and communication skills.
In children on the autism spectrum social skills are not naturally learnt, they need to be taught and social skills stories are the perfect tool to teach them with. So what are social skills stories? and how can teaching autistic children with social skills stories benefit the child? Having impairments in social skills is a common symptom of autism spectrum. Having deficits in communication skills both verbal and nonverbal is also a common symptom of autism spectrum.
For children on the autism spectrum lacking social skills can hinder their social development, parents generally struggle to find explanations of social situations that their child will understand.
Research shows us that the majority of children with an ASD are visual thinkers and learners which means that they tend to think in pictures, consequently, using visual supports for autism is always going to be beneficial.
Teaching autistic children with social skills stories is therefore a positive PLUS they are very easy to use.
Using visual supports for autism such as autism social skills stories, PECS communication systems, visual support cards and so on can really help the child with an ASD understand behaviours and social skills they would otherwise struggle to mater and or understand.
For example a simple skill such as washing your hands can for many children with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), be complicated or difficult to understand, and even if the child can wash their hands washing their hands may need to be re-taught in a different setting like say at school.
Many children with an autistic spectrum disorder struggle to master social skills in different contexts. Many children with an ASD learn skills but then have difficulty replicating them in another environment.
Consequently, visual supports for autism need to be flexible, editable and portable. Autism social skills stories tick all of these boxes, they can be personalized, edited, printed are convenient and portable making them the ideal autism tool for the job.
Parents use autism social skills stories as an autism tool to teach social and communication skills as well as address sensory processing issues and to teach appropriate behaviours. They can be used at home, school, college and while out and about.
A social skills story acts like a role model or visual framework showing the autistic child exactly what to expect as well as what is expected of them. The social skills story answers the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as How and provides an insight into nonverbal communication. Thus a skill such as washing your hands can be taught anywhere anytime by simply applying the social skills story to each individual situation.
Teaching autistic children with social skills stories is beneficial. Social stories follow specific sentence patterns, are written in first person language, use visual images and are always from the point of view of the autistic child. They describe the skill or situation in relevant social cues in a manner the autistic child will understand.
To learn more about how social skills stories are written, implemented and used as well as get access to downloads of autism social skills stories visit any of the following sites: