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Comprehending autism spectrum disorders

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other professionals involved in the care and well being of an individual on the spectrum can find comprehending autism spectrum disorders confusing and stressful.

 

All children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will have the triad of autistic impairments in their ability to:

 

Socially interact

Communication difficulties

Imagination skills

 

Plus in most cases sensory processing issues which can affect an autistic individuals senses (taste, smell, touch, sound and sight). Most children with an ASD will also display obsessive and repetitive behaviours, will prefer routines and can become anxious if these routines change.

 

Children with an ASD also display marked difficulties with non-verbal and verbal communication. A child with autism will have difficulties comprehending the communication and language used by those around them as well difficulties in developing effective communication themselves.

 

Unlike typically developing children that learn social skills naturally, a child with autism will struggle socially. For many parents probably the hardest challenge they face is their child’s difficulty to understand the social behaviour of others. A child with autism will have difficulties displaying and comprehending appropriate socially accepted behaviours.

 

Generally most autistic individuals do not process information in the same manner as typically developing beings.  The opinions and thoughts of other are of no real consequence for the individual on the spectrum, which can cause frustrations and upset.

 

Consequently, comprehending autism spectrum disorders can be frustrating and stressful for those involved in the everyday care of an individual on the spectrum.

 

Research shows us however that although there is no cure for autism there are various treatments of autism that are available that can help overcome triad of autistic impairments.

 

Various treatments of autism like social skills stories work effectively addressing the triad of autistic impairments. They do this by showing the autistic child what to expect in certain situations or what is expected of them which reduces stress and helps control anxieties.

 

By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others a social skills stories visually explain using images and relevant social cues the skill or situation. All helping an autistic child to better understand and cope with the skill or situation that

They may be struggling with.   

 

To find a greater comprehending of autism spectrum disorders and how social skills stories can help address some of the issues faced by children with an ASD visit sites like: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Autism Spectrum Disorder goals for interaction

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological disorder affecting the autistic person’s brain; this can affect how the autistic person thinks, re-acts, acts and behaves.

Autism impairs the autistic person’s social interactions and communication skills and can cause restricted and repetitive stereotypical behaviors.

Typically kids with autism have difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication this can impact on their abilities to socially interact.

Autism is characterized by several developmental challenges. The autism symptoms can include:  Language may develop slowly or not at all. The autistic child may use words without attaching meaning to them. They may use echolalia, and have poor attention spans.

The child with autism will probably prefer to spend time alone rather than with others, shows little interest in making friends, and be less responsive to social cues such as eye contact or smiles.

These autism symptoms impact on the autistic person’s ability to interact effectively and can cause isolation and social blunders. Consequently, when deciding on autism spectrum disorder goals for interactions these autism symptoms should first be looked at.

Typically developing children learn social skills such as social interactions naturally through play, from their peers, parents and those around them. This ability is missing in kids with autism and social skills should be taught directly.

Generally kids with autism are visual learners and will better understand any social skills teaching when taught and re-enforced visually; This is achievable using visual supports for autism such as social stories.

Using visual supports for autism can make the implementation of autism goals for interactions much easier. By careful observations parents of autistic children can determine which social interaction skills their child is finding difficult and an appropriate social skills story can be put in place to help them overcome this.

Many parents of autistic children use social skills stories to help teach social, communication, imagination and interaction skills with great success rates.

 

The social skills story is visually rich with short appropriate pieces of text set out in a specific format. Developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories are probably the most significant autism tool used to help kids with autism overcome social interaction difficulties.

To find appropriate autism spectrum disorder goals for interactions social skills stories as well as social skills stories for other social skills teaching such as making friends, answering questions, appropriate touching and many more visit any of the following sites and gain immediate downloads:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

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Understanding autism spectrum disorders

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Parents, teachers, caregivers and other professionals involved in the care and well being of an individual on the spectrum can find understanding autism spectrum disorders confusing and stressful.


All children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) will have the triad of autistic impairments in their ability to:


Socially interact

Communication difficulties

Imagination skills


Plus in most cases sensory processing issues which can affect an autistic individuals senses (taste, smell, touch, sound and sight). Most children with an ASD will also display obsessive and repetitive behaviours, will prefer routines and can become anxious if these routines change.


Children with an ASD also display marked difficulties with non-verbal and verbal communication. A child with autism will have difficulties understanding the communication and language used by those around them as well difficulties in developing effective communication themselves.


Unlike typically developing children that learn social skills naturally, a child with autism will struggle socially. For many parents probably the hardest challenge they face is their child’s difficulty to understand the social behaviour of others. A child with autism will have difficulties displaying and understanding appropriate socially accepted behaviours.

 

Generally most autistic individuals do not process information in the same manner as typically developing beings.  The opinions and thoughts of other are of no real consequence for the individual on the spectrum, which can cause frustrations and upset.

Consequently, understanding autism spectrum disorders can be frustrating and stressful for those involved in the everyday care of an individual on the spectrum.


Research shows us however that although there is no cure for autism there are various treatments of autism that are available that can help overcome triad of autistic impairments.

 

Various treatments of autism like social skills stories work effectively addressing the triad of autistic impairments. They do this by showing the autistic child what to expect in certain situations or what is expected of them which reduces stress and helps control anxieties.


By answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others a social skills stories visually explain using images and relevant social cues the skill or situation. All helping an autistic child to better understand and cope with the skill or situation that

They may be struggling with. 


To find a greater understanding of autism spectrum disorders and how social skills stories can help address some of the issues faced by children with an ASD visit sites like:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

A diagnosis of autism

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Autism Spectrum Disorder is one of the most common developmental disorders. Research suggests that 1 in every 150 children born will receive a diagnosis of autism. There is still as yet no known cure for autism.


For many families a diagnosis of autism is devastating, however this need not be the case. Autism Spectrum Disorder is common and there are various methods and treatments of autism available. For most families after a diagnosis of autism has been given Early Intervention is probably going to be the most useful, this will help address the child’s social skills deficits.

 

So what are social skills deficits?  Autism Spectrum Disorder is a developmental disorder. Meaning the autistic child will have social and communication difficulties, social skills deficits are characteristically deficits with:

Social skills

Communication difficulties

Imagination difficulties

And Interaction skills

 

Social skills deficits are quite often referred to as “mind blindness” or the “Theory of mind”.

 

Typically developing children have a natural ability to recognize and read other peoples thoughts and feelings for example as typically developing individuals we would recognize a frown as a sign of confusion or unhappiness, and a smile as a sign of pleasure or happiness. This ability to recognize the feelings and emotions of others is missing with autism.


Typically developing children are inquisitive and will want to please, copy, mimic and learn social behaviors. The autistic child lacks this natural instinct and will need direct teaching of social and communication skills.

 

A lack of social skills, their social skills deficits, can make it hard for the autistic child to interact socially and many parents fear their autistic child will struggle with friendships and social situations.

 

There are various treatments of autism which are available to parents over the internet, which HELP to address the social skills deficits and communication difficulties that are displayed by an autistic child, such as social skills stories for autism.

 

First developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories for autism are designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder learn and remember social and communication skills from basic every day life skills such as washing, brushing teeth and using the toilet to more complex skills like accepting a new baby into the family, making friends, buying new shoes, even attending the hospital or dentist.

 

Parents, teachers and care givers can use social skills stories on a regular basis to teach and re-enforce appropriate social skills and behaviors to children with autism spectrum disorder.


Social stories are normally written by experts, using appropriate first person language and always from the point of view of the autistic child. Social stories use visual images to help the child with autism spectrum disorder understand what is expected of them and in return what they can expect. Social skills stories for autism answer the “wh” questions (who, where, why, when and what) helping the child with autism spectrum disorder feel more comfortable with and in situations they may struggle to master or understand, which will cut back on negative behaviors.

 

To find out more about social skills stories for autism like autism and making friends visit www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Alternatively visit www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

Asperger syndrome characteristics

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

As with autism those with asperger syndrome will have the triad of characteristics typical of autism spectrum disorders.

 

Triad of autism spectrum disorder characteristics:

Social deficits

Communication deficits

Imagination and interaction deficits

 

Whilst aspergers does share similarities with autism, the main difference is the aspergers individual will present fewer problems with speaking.

 

People with asperger syndrome characteristics will generally be of average or above average intelligence.

 

Another main difference is the asperger individual is less likely to present the associated learning difficulties autistic people have. However asperger syndrome characteristics do show the asperger individual may display other more specific learning disabilities like dyspraxia, dyslexia, ADHD and epilepsy.

 

There is no reason why people with aspergers can not live a normal life.

 

Aspergers syndrome Characteristics

 

People with asperger syndrome are as earlier discussed on the autism spectrum disorder scale. The symptoms of asperger syndrome will vary between individuals.

 

Generally the common thread connecting asperger syndrome individuals is there deficits in communication and language.

 

People with aspergers present communication deficits and find conversation difficult. There lack of social language skills can hinder them socially, leaving them open to ridicule and bullying.

 

For example:

They lack the ability to read body language and facial expressions. The asperger individual may misuse language, fail to understand puns, jokes, sarcasm and swear words. They will speak very literally which can cause social problems. For example if you ask a question expect a straight forward honest answer back.

 

An asperger individual may miss important social cues, and find relationships hard to maintain.

 

A classic symptom of aspergers syndrome is social deficits. Using inappropriate actions and language can lead to possible social isolation.

 

Asperger characteristics also include difficulties with imagination and can lead to very strict regimes and routines. Which could cause stress and anxiety’s in the asperger individual should there ever be a need to alter those routines.

 

Although some people with aspergers may show a real flare for certain activities, like painting, music even numeracy. They will also lack imagination.

 

The asperger person as with autistic individuals will like order and routine, even down to lining up their belongings, in a ritualistic fashion.

 

As with autism asperger individuals will need help with personal and social aspects of their life.

 

This is where resources and tools such as aspergers social skills stories become beneficial:

 

Research into aspergers syndrome characteristics shows that people with aspergers have found benefit and coping strategies to help them control, learn and manage awkward and everyday situations or issues they may well be finding difficult, stressful or confusing.

 

For example “A social Kiss”, “Appropriate Touching” the use of “Swear Words” even personal care issues such as “Using deodorant”, “Showering” and other topics like “Playing Basketball”.

 

In-fact asperger social skills stories can cover all aspects the asperger individual maybe needing help with.

Immediate download of asperger social skills stories for adolescents:

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Tips on working with aspergers

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Aspergers syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders, affecting the brain of the individual.


That said aspergers individuals are not mentally retarded and will often have an average or above average IQ.

 

Many aspergers students will also display behaviors such as tics, obsessive-compulsiveness and sometimes ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

 

Here are some Tips on working with aspergers

 

Probably the first and most important tip on working with aspergers, would be to first get clear information on aspergers syndrome, and it’s affects on an individual

 

The asperger student:

 

Students with aspergers can bring both positive and negatives to a classroom. Their need for routine and sameness can be probably one the biggest challenges for an asperger educator.

 

The asperger educator should try and keep things as much as possible to a set routine, and when things need to alter try and prepare the student with asperger for the change..by giving plenty of warnings.

 

An asperger educator should try and implement a visual schedule into the classroom for the asperger student to refer to, with lessons etc clearly shown as well as breaks, recess and home time.

 

Generally students with aspergers will not handle transitions easily. An asperger educator should try and make this transition as easy as possible by following a few simple rules:

 

 

Remember that asperger students can easily become overwhelmed in situations. Therefore keep all verbal directions short and precise. The more you talk at the asperger student the more stressed they will become, it will be difficult but talk less and try and use short two or three word sentences accompanied by visual cues.

 

It is also important to remember that aspergers students will interpret what you say literally, they do not respond to jokes or puns and will not understand slang or facial expressions.

 

They also find interpreting the tone of your voice difficult, avoid using puns for example “Wait there a minute”, this may become confusing and the student with aspergers will take this command literally.

 

Sarcasm also is something to try and avoid it will be misinterpreted by the aspergers student.

 

Asperger educators should also try and remember it is no good giving the asperger student a “You should not of done that look”, they will not understand as a normally developing student would.

 

Tell the asperger student exactly what it was they did wrong, be precise do not try and make funny remarks etc they will be misunderstood and taken literally.

 

Also remember while teaching the entire class the asperger student may not be understanding the teaching is also directed at them. So it would be a good idea to check at intervals that the asperger student is still listening to the lesson.

 

A good set of tips on working with aspergers to remember will also be, during lessons with multi tasks to perform use visual cues and asperger social skills stories…for the asperger student to re-enforce they have understood what you are saying.

 

Also use asperger social skills stories to re-enforce your teaching and to help keep the asperger student on task.


Asperger social skills stories can be easily implemented into the asperger students school day and used to effectively help the asperger student remember how to behave in the classroom and at all other times of the day. They are also good for teaching new skills like “having a good conversation”, “being a good sport” etc.

 

Plus as a coping strategy for personal care, they can be used to explain puberty, swear words, and having good manners.

 

Asperger social skills stories are written in the first person and are pictorially rich.

 

Finally as an asperger educator you should also remember that one of the deficits with aspergers and indeed all form of autism spectrum disorder is the individual’s difficulties with social interaction and this will include a lack of eye contact.

 

Do not demand the asperger student look at you while you are talking. This is very hard for them and can cause extreme stress and anxiety.

 

For immediate downloads of asperger social skills stories that can be used with positive effects for all asperger students visit:

 

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www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

 

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