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(ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills lessons

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

It is not uncommon for individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to display challenging behaviors and difficulties with social interactions and communication skills.


All individuals with ASD have social and communication deficits which are often referred to as the theory of mind, or “mind blindness”. Meaning they lack the ability to predict the thoughts, feelings and emotions of other people; which can lead to social mistakes or blunders especially in teenage autistic individuals.


Some of these deficits can include:

 

For the majority of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder probably one of the major difficulties they encounter the theory of mind is with initiating social interactions and responding to the social interactions they may receive from others.

 

Many children with autism spectrum disorder display difficulties engaging in joint attention, and have difficulties with skills such as sharing, playing, pretend play and taking turns etc.

 

Generally children with autism spectrum disorder lack being able to understand or demonstrate non-verbal social communication i.e. the “unwritten rules” of social interactions.


Teaching an autistic child to overcome their social skills deficits is quite often a struggle for many parents and teachers.

 

There are treatments of autism available which can help parents and teachers find suitable methods of tackling social skills deficits using visual tools such as social skills stories.

 

There is no need for any formal training or qualification to use social skills stories. And now with the internet and search engines such as google, many parents and teachers are now finding it a lot easier to source this effective resource.

 

Treatments of autism such as social skills stories are used effectively for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) social skills lessons.


Social skills stories are visually rich, easy to implement, can be personalized and printed. Following a specific formula they effectively teach social and communication skills to autistic children.

 

Generally autistic youngsters are visual thinkers and learners and respond better to visual information, making visual tools such as social stories an ideal tool.

 

Social skills stories are implemented to teach social and communication skills to autistic children around the house and school environment.


Using images and first person text a social story breaks the skill or situation the autistic child is struggling with into smaller pieces and uses the social cues to show in a visual framework the skill in an easy to understand visual format, like a role model for the autistic child to follow.


The social story can be personalized to suit an individuals needs.


Social stories for autistic children can be downloaded from sites like http://www.autismsocialstories.com.

 

All the social skills stories for autistic children on this site are professionally written and visually rich.

 

Other sites offering visual tools such as social skills stories for (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills lessons and autism symbols cards can be found at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/visual_aids

http://www.insideautisticminds.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

 

 

 

How to teach social skills to children with autism

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

A significant area of difficulty with the autism child is that of social and communication skills deficits. Typically developing children learn social skills through their environment, peers and family, they people watch both consciously and sub consciously.

 

With the autism child this ability to naturally learn social skills is missing. Autism is a developmental disability affecting the brain of the individual with autism. The development of social and communication skills is restricted and the autism child will need to be taught social and communication skills directly.

 

This can be achieved in a manner of ways. Generally parents of autistic children use social skills supports for autism such as social stories to help teach their autistic youngster appropriate social and communication skills.


All autistic youngsters have social skills deficits, however, that said all autistic youngsters are different and the severity of autism symptoms will vary between individuals.

 

Social skills stories for children with autism were first developed by therapist Carol Gray to help parents and educators cope with how to teach social skills to children with autism.

 

Social skills stories for children with autism are normally written by therapists or parents of autistic children to teach social and communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Written in the first person and from the point of view of the autistic child the social story teaches appropriate social, communication and behavior skills, using appropriate language and images the autistic child can understand and relate too.

 

To learn more about social skills stories and how to teach social skills to children with autism plus gain immediate download of 100 social skills stories for children with autism visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com

All expertly written with appropriate images to help teach social and communication skills to children with autism visit any of the following sites for social skills supports for autism http://www.autismsocialstories.com or any of the sites listed below and gain immediate downloads of social skills stories for children with autism…


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

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