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Sensory Issues with Autism

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Sensory sensitivity can lead to behavioural problems, difficulties with coordination, and many other issues for children with autism spectrum disorder.


A child with autism spectrum disorder will have marked difficulties managing sensory input, they may over-react to taste, touch, feel, light or noise.

Sometimes children with autism spectrum disorder use repetitive stereotypical movements and autistic behaviours such as stimming.  Many may feel the need to flick their fingers, bang their heads, even slam against furniture or twirl in circles, these autistic behaviours are due to sensory sensitivity, with the child with autism spectrum disorder being either hyper or hypo sensitive.

There is no outright cure for sensory sensitivity, but there are ways to help your child manage some of these difficulties.

Gather information about sensory sensitivity and how you can help your child with autism, for example: Children with hyperactive sensory systems will typically avoid activities that involve movement, while children that have hypoactive sensory systems will seek out activities that involve movement.

Therefore a child on the spectrum that with hyperactive sensory systems may hide under their covers, or bury their head into cushions, while a child on the spectrum with a hypoactive sensory systems may use stimming or repetitive stereotypical movements such as rocking or twirling.

Some children with autism may feel the need to continually flush the toilet, eat only one type of food, or continuously repeat themselves; these kinds of sensory difficulties can be eased using social skills stories.

Social skills stories are short descriptive pieces of text used to help the child with autism understand a behaviour or skill that they may be struggling with. Generally children with autism spectrum disorder are visual thinkers and learners which means they think in pictures.

Using this concept, social skills stories for autism are visual, using images and or pictures to describe the activity, behaviour or skill in a manner the child on the spectrum can understand.

Acting as a visual plan, framework of role made the social skills story answers the ever important “wh” questions, who, where, why, when and what as well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others.

Social skills stories for autism must be editable as no two children on the spectrum are ever the same and their abilities and needs will differ as with any child. Social skills stories need to be convenient to use therefore they should be printable, colourful and easy to personalize.

To find out more about how social skills stories for autism can be used to help with certain sensory difficulties in autistic children visit:

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Strategies for festive fun for children with autism

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The festive season need not be stress filled and full of anxieties for both you and your autistic child.

Following some simple strategies can help alleviate some of the pressures and confusions an autistic child feels this time of year. Using social stories as a strategy can greatly improve Christmas for an autistic child.

Probably one of the major issues related to Christmas for an autistic child is the confusion and changes to routine. All autistic people like routine and things to remain the same, which of cause is impossible in the festive season.

Consequently stress and anxieties are displayed which can lead to autistic behaviors such as aggression or meltdowns. To avoid or limit autistic behaviors many parents of children with autism implement specifically written social stories aimed at helping the child with autism cope with changes to routines and other social and communication skills that need altering or learning or re-enforcing this time of year.

For example putting up a Christmas tree, a child with autism spectrum disorder lives in a very literal world and can be confused as to why a tree is decorated and placed in the house! A simple social story can help explain why this happens and help the child with autism spectrum disorder participate in the decorating of the tree.


Research suggests using social stories as strategies for festive fun for children with autism can help encourage positive behaviors, which will help the entire family enjoy the festive season more.

Mainly written by experts social stories are visually rich with appropriate text following a specific formula, explaining in a step by step plan how to cope with or master a skill the autistic child is struggling with. A simple social story can help reduce negative behavior and alleviate stress.


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Social skills stories for autistic behaviors

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

A major issue for parents of autistic children is their concern that a lack of appropriate social and communication skills both verbal and non-verbal in their autism child will greatly hinder their development and ability to function in a “normal society”

Generally speech is quite often delayed in the autism child but will develop, with the percentage of autism children completely non-verbal being only 9%.


Social skills deficits in social and communication skills are common to all autism children. However there are autism treatments that parents of autistic children report provide a substantial improvement in their child’s social and communication skills development, which can help the autistic child develop and fit in with society with less of a struggle.


Probably one of the major autism treatments is social skills stories for autistic behaviors. These were first introduced almost twenty years ago to help facilitate social and communication issues reducing stress and anxieties in the autistic child or adult.

Significant numbers of parents of autistic children, care givers and teachers report that the use social stories to teach social and communication skills greatly improves positive behaviors and helps the autistic child reach his/her full potential socially.


There are many sites run by experts in autism offering autism treatments such as social skills stories for autistic behaviors, one such site is:


Social skills stories are now probably one of the major coping techniques for autistic behaviors used by parents of autistic children to help re-enforce skills and behaviors to the child with autism from everyday skills such as asking questions, listening and being a good sport to more complex skills and behaviors like, calming down, appropriate touching and lying.


Social skills stories are believed to improve social and communication skills in the child with autism plus personal and social development as well as reducing undesirable behaviors.


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How does autism affect family life?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the way an individual’s brain develops. Autism spectrum disorder is not a form of mental retardation autism spectrum disorder is a *brain disease*.

Individuals receiving a diagnosis of autism will have deficits in the triad of autistic impairments. A diagnosis of autism is not the end of the world; however a diagnosis of autism can be hard to comprehend and deal with. Many families will undoubtedly face an uphill struggle with their autistic child.


After a diagnosis of autism it is essential you gain as much information as possible about this complex disorder. Early intervention in many cases is very beneficial.

A significant number of parents with autistic children use the internet as a means of support and information. Sites offering support forums are a place families with autism can swap support and information.


Other sites offer information on issues such as how does autism affect family life and give practical advice on resources used to help manage autistic behaviors as well as teach and enforce positive social behaviors and skills.


You will no doubt be asking yourself exactly how does autism affect family life and how will it affect mine. This is a complex question as no two autistic children are the same. However all will have significant difficulties with social, communication, interaction and imagination skills, which will undoubtedly affect family life.


Many autistic children have difficulties with skills such as potty training, eye contact, hugging and interacting with siblings and family members.


There are supports that can help teach social skills and positive behavior to autistic children such as social stories. First developed almost twenty years ago, social stories are written by experts in autistic behaviors and development and are put in place to support the family of autistic children as well as offering a means of teaching and re-enforcing social skills and behaviors to autistic children.

Social skills stories can be downloaded instantly from sites such as


Written by experts in autism development and behaviors these social skills stories are used to help and support autistic children and the family of autistic children by providing a means teaching social skills vital to development.


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