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Enhancing social skills in autistic children

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

For the vast majority of autistic children social skills ARE either missing or NEED improving.

This is due to the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits, which ARE common to autism to varying degrees

The triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits affect how the child on the spectrum acts, re-acts, thinks and behaves.

Methods for enhancing social skills in autistic children ARE generally visual. This is because most children on the spectrum ARE visual learners and thinkers and will tend to use language secondary.

Visual supports for autism such as: social skills stories, picture communication cards, visual schedules and flash cards etc ARE visual supports which can be introduced simply and need NO formal training to use.

Characteristically children on the spectrum find visual supports for autism beneficial. Social skills stories ARE short descriptive visual supports which describe a skill or situation in terms of the relevant social cues.

The social story looks much like a comic script, using images/pictures and short precise pieces of text. The social story is always from the point of view of the child on the spectrum, using first person text in short sentences.

The social story answers the “wh” questions: who, what, Why, where, and when as well as “HOW” and should also offer an insight wherever possible into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic children.

Social skills stories CAN be used for a wide variety of situations or skills such as: asking questions, calming down, hygiene issues, self-help skills and so on…

For many children on the spectrum visual supports for autism ARE invaluable and can be treated like visual plans or frameworks to help them cope with and learn skills and behaviours which cause stress and anxiety.

To learn more about visual supports for autism like social skills stories, picture communication cards, visual schedules and flash cards as well as other visual supports visual http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Access Autistic Visual Supports

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

We know that the majority of children with autism spectrum ARE indeed visual thinkers and learners, meaning that they think in images/picture and for the main will better understand visual teachings and information.

It is therefore vital that we aim to teach and provide information more visually. For example using autistic visual supports like flash cards, communication cards and social stories etc…

Access autistic visual supports at:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com  there ARE various supports for children with autism spectrum available on this site.

Typically children on the autism spectrum have difficulties with social awareness and communication and will struggle to make sense of the ever changing and unpredictable world which surrounds them. These difficulties are often a major cause for stress and anxiety in many children on the autism spectrum.

By using visual supports for autism YOU can help your child with ASD better cope and understand things and situations which they find difficult, like for example asking questions, sharing, respecting personal space, asking other kids to play and so on…

Autistic visual supports such as social stories ARE designed to show the child with ASD what to expect and what is expected of them. The social story WILL answer the ever important “wh” questions – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and should also offer the child on the spectrum an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of considerable weakness in most children with autism.

The often aloof appearance of many children with autism can make them appear selfish, but this is not their intention or the case. This appearance is merely a lack of social awareness skills. Unlike typically developing youngsters the child on the spectrum WILL NOT learn social and communication skills in the normal manner – ie: people watching, from peers and the environment.

For children on the autism spectrum direct teaching is generally needed. This direct teaching is done using autistic visual supports.

Access autistic visual supports to help you teach and calm your child with ASD visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com  where you will find immediate downloads of social stories as well as information on how visual supports for autism work.

You will also be able to access autistic visual supports like: communication cards, flash cards and visual social story cards and folders.

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

Teach social skills to kids with autism

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Children with autism have a variety of deficits which ARE common to autism. However the main deficits associated with the disorder are often referred to social skills deficits.

Characteristically social skills deficits affect three main areas of development: social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours.

 Unlike typically developing kids a child with ASD WILL NOT learn social skills through observation, peers, family and the environment and WILL NEED direct teaching to overcome social skills deficits.

There ARE numerous supports for autism which can be used to teach social skills to kids with autism such as social stories, picture communication cards, flash cards and so on..

These supports for autism ARE commonly referred to Visual Intervention Strategies and by large ARE used to support and teach social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours amongst other uses such as help with hygiene skills, puberty, activities and events the child with ASD may find confusing or stressful.

Many parents and teachers ARE able to teach social skills to kids with autism using Visual Intervention Strategies as they need NO FORMAL training to use and implement and are readily available online from experts like http://www.autismsocialstories.com

A social skills story is a short descriptive almost comic like in appearance story which shows a child with ASD what is happening and why. This WILL help to reduce unwanted stress, anxiety and confusion, which in turn WILL HELP the child with ASD feel more comfortable with and in the situation.

The social skills story WILL ANSWER the “wh” question – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and WILL ALSO offer an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most children with autism.

Characteristically children with autism ARE VISUAL thinkers and learners, which makes social skills stories ideal. The social story should focus on one particular skill or behaviour that the child on the spectrum is struggling with and visually show and explain how and what is required of them and in return what they can expect from others.

A social skills story USES visual images/pictures a long with first person text and will always be written from the point of view of the child on the spectrum.

Children with autism fins social interactions difficult, the social skills story can act like a visual framework or plan which the child on the spectrum can follow and refer to in times of difficulty.

Social skills stories ARE USED in many situations for example: asking questions, joining in play, making friends, recess, getting a haircut, visiting a dentist, going to a birthday party and so on…

Teach social skills to kids with autism using social skills stories by visiting sites like http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helping students with autism integrate

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Typically students on the autism spectrum WILL HAVE social and communication deficits.

These deficits ARE common to autism and affect how the child processes information, thinks, acts, re-acts, interacts, communicates and behaves; this is known as social skills deficits.

No two students on the autism spectrum will ever be the same and thus will display differing social skills deficits.

However although there is no known cure for autism spectrum there are various treatments and supports for autism which can are excellent for helping students with autism learn to overcome their social skills deficits and reach their full potential.

Helping students with autism integrate in to the classroom can be achieved using treatments and supports for autism like picture communication cards, flash cards, PECS, visual social story cards and social skills stories.

All of these can be implemented easily and need no formal training to use. Typically teachers and parents CAN USE supports such as social skills stories and picture communication cards equally as well in the home and the classroom/school.

Social skills stories were developed around twenty years ago to aid communication in children with autism, today they are used for much wider issues and behaviour difficulties.

For example a social story can be used to help with situations like visiting a dentist, what to do at recess, asking questions, joining in play, calming down and so on…

The social story answers the “wh” questions – who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and will offer an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals.

Social skills stories ARE always written in first person text and from the point of view of the autistic student and WILL be in a manner that the autistic student can understand.

Typically most students with autism WILL be visual learners; which means that teaching styles which allow for this WILL be better understood. For example USE images, pictures, graphs and so on TO SHOW the autistic student what it is you are trying to get across.

Helping students with autism integrate in to the class is no easy task but with forward thinking and the use of visual information such as picture communication cards to highlight areas, tasks, rules and so on and social skills stories to teach social interaction and communication skills your task WILL BE a whole lot easier.

For example: picture communication cards can highlight the coat peg, pencil draw, bathroom, snack time and so on. They are also used as a means of communication – a card can be exchanged for a reward, behaviour etc…

To learn more about social skills stories and picture communication cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

Alternatively you can learn more about autism social stories and picture communication cards from http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

Using visual supports for autism

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Typically children with autism ARE visual thinkers and learners which means that they think in pictures and that speech/language is secondary.

It is therefore believed that for children with autism information and teaching that is VISUAL WILL be far easier for them to understand.

 Using visual supports for autism is therefore beneficial. There ARE various supports for autism, but probably the most significant ARE social stories, PECS, communication picture cards, visual timetables and so on…

Using visual supports for autism WILL help you to teach social skills and address communication difficulties as well as helping to OVERCOME many of the difficulties the child with autism is struggling with.

Social skills stories ARE an important visual intervention strategy which was first introduced around twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray to help OVERCOME communication difficulties for children with autism.

Since then the social story has developed and is now probably the most significant support for autism. The social skills story WILL help address the child’s social skills deficits.

All children with autism HAVE social skills deficits these ARE common to autism, but will vary between individuals. Social skills deficits affect how the child with autism processes information, acts, re-acts, behaves and thinks as well processes sensory stimuli and sensation.

The social skills story is a short descriptive piece of text that can act like a visual plan or framework of the skill detailing visually what is happening and what the child with autism CAN expect.

A social skills story WILL always be written from the child’s own perspective and WILL normally always be written in first person text. The social skills story should break the skill into smaller sections much like a comic script and answer the “wh” questions  - who, what, where, why and when as well as “HOW” and provide the child with autism an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most kids with ASD.

Typically social stories are written in word format which WILL make them easier to personalize and edit, no two children are ever going to be the same and we all USE different terminology with our kids, therefore the need for editing is important.

For kids with ASD social awareness skills ARE difficult to master but by using visual supports for autism this can be addressed quite simply, which CAN help the child on the spectrum feel more comfortable with and in situations that they would once struggle with.

To learn more about how kids with ASD can cope with social awareness skills using supports for autism such as social stories and communication picture cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

http://www.autismsocalstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

What causes autistic behaviour issues?

Monday, February 20th, 2012

To understand what causes autistic behaviour issues it is important to have an understanding of autism.

Autism is a neurological disorder that affects how individuals with autism processes information, thinks, acts, re-acts, behaves and processes sensory input or stimuli. The main symptoms of autism ARE social skills deficits in social awareness skills, communication and imagination skills and behaviours.

It is these social skills deficits that ARE the significant factor in what causes autistic behaviour issues. Typically children on the autism spectrum have communication difficulties and may lack the ability to ask or respond to things which their typically developing peers WILL treat as “normal”

For example recess a typically developing child WILL probably enjoy the freedom of recess but for children on the autism spectrum recess may be uncomfortable, stressful and confusing! This may lead to inappropriate behaviour around recess.

For a child with autism the sheer chaos of recess is upsetting, a child with autism WILL prefer sameness, order and routine and recess is none of these things. Children with autism have difficulties in understanding that not everyone shares their interest or feels that same way they do fully.

By taking a look into what causes autistic behaviour issues we can begin to unravel what it is that our own child with autism may be getting upset or confused by. Careful observation of a child with autism CAN help you to determine exactly what is troubling your child.

There are various supports for autism that WILL help a child on the spectrum OVERCOME many of their social skills deficits. Probably one of the most significant of these supports for autism is social skills stories.

These ARE short descriptive pieces of text that describe a situation or skill in terms of the relevant social cues. We know that the vast majority of individuals with autism ARE VISUAL thinkers and learners which means that they think in pictures and language is used as secondary.

It is important therefore to USE supports for autism which ARE VISUAL like social stories. Social stories for autistic behaviour difficulties focus on a skill, situation or behaviour that the child on the spectrum is struggling with and breaks it down into small easy to understand sections using images/pictures and first person text.

The social skills story CAN act much like a visual plan or framework of the skill allowing the child on the spectrum a chance to rehearse the skill. So going back to our recess example earlier, introducing a social story for recess WILL HELP the child with autism prepare for and understand recess. The social skills story can be looked at each day before recess, helping the child with autism feel more comfortable once recess arrives.

The social skills story CAN BE USED for a wide variety of difficulties, such as self-help skills, communication deficits, hygiene skills, behaviours and many more, in-fact almost anything the child with autism is finding hard.

Typically social stories answer the ever important “wh” question – who, what, why, where and when as well as “HOW” and WILL offer an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in most individuals with autism.

To learn more about social stories for autistic behaviour difficulties visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

Or

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

 

Communication Difficulties in Autism

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Looking at Communication Difficulties in Autism - USING VISUAL SUPPORTS

Children with autism have difficulties with communication skills, and will often not develop effective communication . It is believed that up to 50% of children with autism spectrum will NOT develop speech, while others will develop speech slowly.

When we think of speech we are thinking of the body of words and the formation of sounds, as well as the structure and forms used to allow speech.

However with  communication this can be either verbally through speech or non-verbally through gestures, signs and pointing to printed words or symbols.

Typically children with autism spectrum WILL struggle with all forms of communication verbal and non-verbal and will use speech as a secondary language. Children with autism spectrum ARE generally VISUAL thinkers this means that they
think in pictures / images, this is their first language.

It is therefore beneficial for teacher and parents to consider visual information as a means of communication and use speech / words less. Visual communication supports for autism can be in many forms - social stories, visual social story cards,
PECS, flash cards, visual timetables and so on.

As children develop they begin to explore their environment and learn cause and affect - for example a thirsty child may point to his cup, a tired child may raise their arms to be picked up, this is cause and affect.  This inquisitiveness for exploration to learn this cause and affect is typically missing in children with autism.

By the time a non-verbal autistic child starts school chances are they will already have been seen by a  speech therapist. In many cases it will be necessary for the autistic child to learn a new form of communication -  a child that screams and tantrums to
get what they need is not going to “fit in” at school. A new means of communication will be needed to control the need for the screaming - for example visual communication supports for autism such as visual social story cards, PECS and flash cards can be introduced.

Visual social story cards are small laminated cards approx. 8cm by 11cm that can be introduced to help the child learn new skills or understand behaviours that they find difficult to master, for example break time, using the potty, time out and so on.

The social story cards are short visual stories much like a comic script that are used as a visual plan or framework of the skill or behaviour, always from the autistic child’s own perspective and in first person text. The social story cards will describe the skill or behaviour and give possible outcomes.

Visual social story cards answer the “wh” questions - who, what, why, when and where as well as “HOW” and provide an insight into how others may be feeling, which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic children.

To learn more about how social stories can be used to help autisitic children and communication difficulties in autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Visual Social Stories

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Typically children with autism are visual thinkers and learners, which means that they think in images/pictures.

Therefore visual information and teaching/learning strategies ARE found to be more beneficial.

There are various forms of visual supports for autism – for example visual social stories, visual social story cards, flash cards, PECS and many more.

These are probably the most significant of the visual supports for autism and generally need no formal training to use.

Many parents and teachers of children with autism find supports like visual social stories a real help and report less stress and meltdowns after social stories or other visual supports have been introduced.

What is a visual social story?

A visual social story is a short descriptive story detailing with images/pictures a skill, situation or behaviour that the child on the spectrum is struggling with – for example making friends, playing games, taking turns and so on.

The visual social story WILL answer the “wh” questions who, what, where, when and why as well as “HOW” and will offer an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness in most children with autism.

The visual social story is much like a visual framework or step by step plan of the skill, situation or behaviour. Typically visual social stories are written in first person text and will always be from the autistic child’s own point of view.

A social story can be introduced for most situations. We all use different terminology with our child, therefore the social story ought to be editable and easy to personalize making it relevant for any child on the spectrum.

To learn more about visual supports for autism including visual social stories, visual social story cards and flash cards visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Visual social story support cards

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Children with autism spectrum disorder are generally visual thinkers and learners, which means that they think in pictures, making visual information far easier to understand.

Visual supports ARE an essential element when teaching or supporting a child on the autism spectrum. There ARE many forms of visual supports available to children with autism such as PECS visual flash cards, visual social story support cards, social stories and so on, all equally as good and all with their own purpose and use.

Typically children with autism struggle with social awareness skills and communication both verbal (spoken language) and non-verbal (gestures), which can make even simple activities or skills difficult to master or understand.

Visual social story support cards ARE used in much the same way as regular social stories. However with a regular social skills story the story is generally all presented in one go on a sheet of paper or card like a script.

With visual social story support cards the social skills story is broken into sections and each individual section is then written or printed on to a card with appropriate picture/image and presented individually.

Social story cards can be presented in either a folder or on a ring or key ring, making them very portable and convenient.

Social stories were developed originally to aid communication, but have since grown into one of the most significant tools used in the treatment of autism.

Social stories aim to answer the ever important “wh” questions who, where, why, when and what as well HOW and give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness in children with autism.

Using visual support cards for autism needs NO formal training. To learn more about visual support cards for autism and how they WILL benefit your child on the autism spectrum visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

This resource is featured along with regular social stories and other visual supports for autism like visual flash cards.

Help teach autistic children to make friends

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010


ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) affects about one in every 100 children born.

 

Autistic children are sometimes referred to as being “locked in their own world” and struggle to communicate with others. Many autistic children have hyper or hypo sensitivities, will display repetitive behaviours and obsessive tendencies.


All children on the spectrum will have social skills deficits, the theory of mind: Social interactions, communication difficulties and imagination skills do not develop in the typical manner.

 

The theory of mind refers to how the child on the spectrum cannot readily appreciate the feelings, knowledge, or beliefs of other people, nor recognise or interpret his or her own thought processes. Consequently they will display communication difficulties, a lack of self-consciousness, and an inability to understand social situations, skills, nonverbal communications and imagination skills.

 

It is because of the theory of mind a child on the spectrum may find making friends difficult preferring solitary play.


Typically developing children may find a child on the spectrum hard to befriend, this is not uncommon, autistic children can appear rude, aloof and at times unfriendly or approachable.

 

This is due to their social skills deficits, an autistic child may fail to recognise nonverbal signals sent from another child, humour or jokes, they may lack the skills to pretend play, share or take turns all of which can make befriending an autistic child hard.

 

There are methods that can help teach autistic children to make friends, one method which is easy to use and can be implemented without any need for formal training is social stories.

 

Social stories are visual supports for autism which were developed almost twenty years ago as a means of aiding communication difficulties. However today their uses have increased, social stories are probably one of the major methods used to help autistic children learn social skills such as making friends.

 

Social stories are short, almost comic like representations of a skill or behaviour from the autistic person’s point of view. Using visual images and first person text the social story will answer the “wh” questions - who, where, why, when and what a well as give an insight into the thought process, emotions, feelings and nonverbal communications of others.

 

Today visual supports for autism play a large part in the teaching of social, communication and imagination skills of children on the spectrum. Generally written by experts, teachers and parents of children on the spectrum, social stories are editable, can be personalized and should be printable for convenience of use. To access social skills stories for issues like making friends visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

To learn more about social skills stories for children with autism and how they can be used to help teach autistic children to make friends, as well as for a wide variety of issues such as respecting personal space, asking questions, recess, visiting the dentist, joining in PE lessons and so on.


Get access to social skills stories for children with autism and related conditions.

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

 

 

Tools and tips to help parents of autistic children

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and interacts with the people and world around them.


Children with autism spectrum disorder display autism symptoms such as difficulties with everyday social interactions this can make it hard for them to form friendships, due mainly to their autistic social impairments.


All children with autism spectrum disorder will have autistic social impairments in three main areas, social interactions, communication and imagination. However the degree of autism symptoms will vary as no two people are ever the same.

 

Many children with autism spectrum disorder will have difficulties with communication and speech. At one end of the autism spectrum disorder a child with autism may speak fluently, but their speech has odd intonation and may show echolalia.

 

While a child with autism on the lower end of the spectrum may never develop speech or it may be delayed. A child with autism may have difficulties holding a conversation and will probably speak at rather than speaking to or with people.

 

Children with autism also have difficulties with reading facial expressions, body language and communicative gestures. This ability is missing in autistic children on both ends of the spectrum.

 

Generally autistic children prefer repetition, in some autistic children there will also be stereotypical behaviors like rocking and flicking of fingers. Many children with autism can become anxious, stressed and even display violent outbursts when routines are changed.


Play is not socially creative or symbolic and tends to be isolated, sometimes involving spinning objects, lining objects up in a ritualistic way.


Generally children with autism do not naturally develop social or communication skills and need to be directed toward learning social and communication skills by supports and cues that prompt and teach relevant social and communication skills and behaviors.

 

These supports for autism are generally in the form of social stories, PECS and schedules for the autism child. Consequently many tools and tips to help parents of autistic children are now available from internet sites that are managed and run by professionals in autistic development and social skills training.


Many parents of autistic children use social stories as a means to teach social and communication skills and as such they are reported as one of the most significant tools for autism used.

 

Therefore social stories have evolved as one the significant tools and tips to help parents of autistic children teach and re-enforce everyday and complex social and communication skills and behaviors as well as a method for transitions and as a means of coping with changes to routines.


Social stories are generally visually rich with appropriate first person text. Social stories follow a set pattern of sentence types which was first developed twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray.

 

To learn more about social stories and to immediately download and begin using these simple but effective tools to teach autism social and communication skills visit: www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Or one of the following sites and get immediate downloads of social stories to help teach autism social and communication skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

 

 

Non verbal communication with autistic children

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities. Autism is three to four times more likely to affect boys than girl. Autism is characterized by deficits in social, communication, interaction and imagination skills and behaviors.

 

Probably the most significant deficit of autism is characterized by communication difficulties. Speech and language development develops mainly during the first three years of life, a period when the brain is developing and maturing.


However for communication and speech to develop in the autism child their needs to be the desire to communicate or interact with the world and those around them, this desire appears to be lacking in the autism child.

 

In the typically developing child communication begins in the first few days of life, babies discover a cry will bring food, comfort, and companionship. A newborn baby may begin to recognize important sounds such as the sound of their mother’s voice. These first beginnings of communication are missing in the child with autism.

 

Many scientists believe the communication problems of autism are due to the theory of mind or autistic social skills deficits.

 

The theory of mind or autistic social skills deficits for autistic children is having an impaired ability to read another persons thoughts, feelings, expression and emotions or body language. It is also inability to understand non verbal communication with autistic children.

 

The communication problems of autism vary, depending upon the intellectual and social development of each child with autism. Some autistic children may never develop speech, or have delayed speech.

 

Other children with autism may have extensive vocabularies and be capable to talk at great lengths about topics they are interested in.


For those verbal children with autism many have difficulty effectively using language. Many also have problems with word and sentence meaning, intonation, and rhythm.

 

When developing non verbal communication with autistic children parents have found using supports for autism such as social stories can be very beneficial.

 

We use non verbal communication daily, through our body language and facial expression, however due to autistic social skills deficits the autism child will lack the ability to read these and social blunders and mistakes can happen.

 

To help develop and encourage non verbal communication with autistic children social stories are an excellent tool. Visually rich with appropriate language written in the first person from the point of view of the child with autism they describe the skill or behavior the child is struggling with giving key focus to the important social cues.

 

Parents and teachers agree social stories as supports for autism are beneficial in teaching social and communication skills.


To download and learn more about these social stories supports for autism visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

Communication goals for children with autism

Monday, October 19th, 2009


Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting an individual’s brain.


The common symptoms of autism are communication, social, imagination and interaction skills deficits. These common symptoms of autism are often referred to the triad of autistic impairments.

 

The triad of autistic impairments is present in every autistic individual. However the severity of symptom will differ between each autistic individual.

 

The communication problems of autism vary depending upon the intellectual and social development of the autistic individual.

 

Some children with autism may be unable to speak, whereas others may have rich vocabularies and are able to talk about topics of interest in great depth.

 

Almost all children with autism will have difficulty effectively using communication skills and language. Many children with autism spectrum disorder also display deficits with word and sentence meanings, intonations, and rhythms.

 

Many children with autism often say things that have no content or information some autistic children use echolalia, a repetition of something previously heard, for example from a TV program, cartoon or other auditory means.

 

Many autistic children will use immediate echolalia for example they may repeat a question, “Do you want something to drink?” instead of replying with a “yes” or “no.”

 

Delayed echolalia, is when a child will say, “Do you want something to drink?” whenever he or she is asking for a drink.

 

Generally children with autism do not make eye contact and have low attention spans.

 

Many children with autism are unable to use gestures as a means of communication, for example sign language, or to assist verbal communication, such as pointing to an object they want. These are probably some of the more significant communication problems of autism.

 

Therefore the communication goals for children with autism will vary dependant on individual needs.

 

Parents can help their autistic child improve social and communication skills using social stories. Generally children with autism spectrum disorder are visual learners and will benefit from visual supports for autism such as social stories which can help teach children to cope with their individual communication problems of autism.

 

Developed almost twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray social skills stories were first introduced to help teach social, communication, imagination and interaction skills to children with autism spectrum disorder.

 

Social skills stories are one of the major tools used as visual supports for autism and are now available for immediate downloads form sites such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Many parents and teachers use social skills stories to teach communication skills such as asking questions, holding a conversation and learning how to greet other people.

 

To help develop and reach appropriate communication goals for children with autism download and begin using social skills stories immediately.

 

To learn more about social skills stories and gain access to immediate downloads visit any of the following sites:

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

Teaching affective communication and autism

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


Many parents of autistic children are left feeling frustrated by communication deficits displayed by their autistic child.

 

Communication can take different forms both verbal and non-verbal.

 

Generally, kids with autism will lack appropriate communication skills. Typically developing children learn communication skills through their peers, parents and environment. This natural ability to learn social skills is missing in kids with autism, which is a major cause of stress for the parents of autistic children.

 

Therefore teaching affective communication and autism; is achievable through the use of strategies such as visual supports for autism like social skills stories.


Social skills stories have been used as visual supports for autism since being developed by Carol Gray, with excellent results.


Used and written by experts they are used by parents of autistic children to help them find ways of teaching affective communication and autism.

 

The internet now makes sourcing visual supports for autism such as appropriately researched and written social skills stories for autistic children easier.

 

Sites offering social skills stories that will teach affective communication to kids with autism like:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

 

This site offers social skills stories dealing with the communication issues displayed by many kids with autism, offering stories like:


How to use my words

How to take turns

How to ask questions

How to stay calm

How to have a conversation

How to borrow something

How to collect an award is assembly

 

This is just a very small proportion of the expertly written social skills stories available for immediate download. This particular collection has 50 social skills stories, the site itself boasts over 1000 expertly researched, tried and trusted social skills stories, which to date are in use all over the world by many parents, schools and professionals to help teach affective social skills to autistic youngsters, teens and adults.

 

Again the URL for this particular collection is: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

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Autism social skills training

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disorder, there is no cure. Autism is believed to affect 1 in every 150 people born and boys are more likely to be affected with a ratio of 1:4.


There are varying degrees of autism spectrum disorder on one end of the scale: Low functioning autism where individuals will almost certainly have other problems such as learning difficulties and limited or no speech.

 

The other end of the autism spectrum disorder scale is asperger syndrome where the individual will almost certainly have average to above average intelligence.

 

However all autistic individuals will have the triad of autism deficits associated with autism spectrum disorder: Social, communication, imagination and interaction deficits.

 

This triad of autism deficits will be present in all autistic individuals but in varying degrees.

 

How will this triad of autism deficits affect your autistic child?

 

Unlike normally developing youngsters autistic children lack the ability to understand their surroundings and environment. A normally developing child will people watch and learn social skills from their surroundings and watching other people. With autistic children this is missing which means social skills must be taught directly.

 

Teaching social skills to autistic children can be done various ways. Through imitation for example showing the child with autism what to do and helping them mimic this action.


Teaching social skills to autistic children is probably best done through the use of visual supports for autism such as PECS, Flash cards and autism social stories.

 

Reports suggest and confirm a child with autism is generally more likely to understand a visual representation of what is required as autistic children tend to be visual learners.


Visual supports for autism can now be downloaded quickly and effortlessly from the internet making parents and autistic educators lives much easier.

 

Most visual supports for autism are implemented easily and affectively which means you can bypass the stress of sourcing and obtaining this valuable autism resource.

 

Parents and autistic educators are finding tremendous relief when using autism social stories as a means for teaching and re-enforcing vital social skills and behaviors.

 

This easy to adapt autism resource can make a real difference in teaching social skills directly to autistic children and it has been reported that once implemented behavior are improved and social skills teaching is less stressful.

 

For immediate access to 100 expertly written visually rich and colorful visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

 

 

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