Death is a natural part of life everything living must die at some time.
As a normally developing person we can appreciate this fact, however unfair, unexpected and devastated we may feel.
With autism this rational reasoning is missing, being autistic and dealing with death is for some very confusing and can be very stressful. Sometimes being autistic and dealing with death can mean the reverse, we may be grieving and our autistic loved one will carry on as before oblivious to our grief and pain.
Death will never happen at a perfect time rehearsed and pain free..
This is where some caregivers, parents and autistic educators find relief in social skills stories.
This autism resource can be easily adapted to suit all eventualities, an autism social skills story will explain what death is, why it happens and why we grieve.
The autistic individual can use the autism resource as instruction, friend and guide at this difficult time.
Evidence shows that being autistic and dealing with death can be manages and helped using autism social skills stories. By implementing an autism social story you will give your autistic person a means to comprehend what has happened, why and how they can expect others to act as well as how others will expect them to act.
The autism social story will help make them more comfortable in and with the situation and suggest possible behaviors.
The autism social story can be simply implemented and adapted to suit different ages and abilities, autism social skills stories can be used for a variety of circumstances, events and skills.
The internet now makes it possible to download suitable social skills stories quickly and easily allowing you time to grieve.
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Social skills stories are used for teaching children with autism personal space. A social skills story will explain and teach visually about personal space what it is and why it is important to respect other people’s personal space.
For example the social skills story will look something like this. Sometimes I stand too close to other people. When I do this it can make other people feel uncomfortable.
Key focus is given to the main points. The autistic child will be able to use the social skills story to learn this basic skill effectively.
Normally developing children learn social skills through experience, the environment and their family and peers. An autistic child will need to be taught social skills directly.
Autistic children do not process information in the same way as normally developing children they lack the ability to read facial expression and body language, which can lead to social isolation and mistakes, such as not understanding the need to respect personal space.
This is why teaching children with autism personal space is vital.
By using social skills stories autistic children can find coping methods and resources to help them understand social situations they struggle with.
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Autism is a disorder affecting both children and adults. Autism spectrum disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain of the autistic individual.
Autism spectrum disorder is normally detected and diagnosed during the childhood years, almost 1 in every 150 children born will receive an autistic diagnosis, autism spectrum disorder affects more males than females with an average of every 1:4 autistic diagnosis being female.
Autism spectrum disorder is a wide spectrum of disorders, but all will have the three main triads of impairments:
Communication, both verbal and non verbal deficits
Imagination and interaction deficits.
Although the symptoms of autism will vary among individuals, all autistic individuals will have these social deficits.
Probably the most apparent of the symptoms of autism will be an individual’s lack of social understanding and the ability to communicate affectively.
Therefore the autism learning skills will be different to those of their normally developing peers.
For example a normally developing child will have the ability to read others facial expression and body language will be able to understand a joke, wit and sarcasm and will not take every metaphor literally.
With the autistic child this is missing therefore the autism learning skills are not the same. The autistic child will lack the ability to conquer theses skills unlike a normally developing child that will learn these skills naturally.
All autistic individuals will experience communication difficulties, so it’s a good idea to remember this and adapt the way you communicate with the autistic person. For example try not to use metaphors like “wait a minute” unless this is exactly what you mean etc.
Use simple direct language saying exactly what you mean, don’t use wit sarcasm and puns these will be meaningless and can cause confusion.
With autism learning skills try and be visual as much as possible for example if you are trying to explain something or teach something, or maybe you are trying to communicate a need, instruction or general talk try to use visual cues, like social skills stories.
Social skills stories are used a lot to help communication, teaching, instruction and direction.
The social skills stories can be used to explain visually what it is you are trying to get communicate. They can be used to help teach social skills and to help with behavior issues. They are visually rich and will give clear focus to the main or key points of the skill, event, activity or task in question.
With autism social skills stories the autistic child or adult can see what is being portrayed and will find a better understanding.
Autism social skills stories have been used for many years with tremendous results. The internet now makes it possible for autistic educators and parents to obtain suitable and age appropriate autism social skills stories effectively and effortlessly.
Although autistic children will appear physically normal with normal muscle control, they may display unusual forms of repetitive behaviors.
These autistic repetitive behaviors are often called stereotypical behaviors, repetitive behaviors or autism stimming behaviors.
The word stimming is used to describe self stimulation, some examples of autism stimming behaviors would be hand flapping, finger flicking, rocking, teeth grinding and picking at skin or rubbing it.
Another form of autism stimming behavior is self-harming behavior.
Autistic self harming behavior can have many forms from biting or picking at skin to severe autistic self harming behavior such as head banging, which can be serious and damaging.
Sometimes autistic repetitive behaviors are confused with Tics that occur in individuals with tourettes syndrome. Normally tics in tourettes syndrome individuals begin around 6 to 7 years of age.
While the repetitive behaviors associated with autistic individuals normally begin before the age of two.
Normally autistic repetitive behaviors are triggered through sensory input or stress, autistic children and other autistic individuals are very sensitive and can be overwhelmed by their senses, sight, sound, light and smell causing autistic repetitive behaviors, autistic self harming behaviors and stimming behavior.
There are ways of helping autistic children and individuals control these autistic behaviors. One such method for helping control autistic behavior is something called autism social skills stories.
These autism resources are a valuable tool in helping an autistic individual find reasons for and understanding of situations, activities, events and social skills that are causing them stress.
The internet has made it possible to find suitable autism social skills stories to help with autistic behaviors and social skills.
These valuable autism resources are now available for download, and immediate use. Autistic educators and parents report outstanding success using autism social skills stories they are widely used within the autism community helping all autistic individuals cope.
For immediate download visit one of the links below and get help with autistic behaviors.
We all use visual supports each day, we look at the newspaper, we read a magazine. Watch TV, the news, the internet and so on all these are visual supports they are things we visually look at to get information.
When we travel we might look at a map or tele-text, these are also visual supports.
We need visual supports to function at our best we need them for instruction, work, recreation and educationâ€¦
…Have you ever considered a life without visual supports or prompts? Imagine no TV no internet no newspaper no books and so on, how boring that life would be and how out of touch with what’s happening around us we would get?
Autistic people are often referred to as being in an “autism own world”, they lack interest in what’s happening around them. But they will still need visual supports for autism.
The visual supports for autism will include things like visual timetables, mini schedules, Now and Then and choice boards, emotion, flash and PECS cards as well as social skills stories and other visual supports for autism, like file folder games and so on..
Autistic children are visual learners and will benefit from visual cues, prompts and instruction far more than from written text and long verbal sentences where they can become easily distracted and lack interest.
Therefore a good starting point for all autistic educators is setting up visual aids for the autistic student.
All autistic children will respond better to visual lessons; the autistic educator should try and keep this in mind when preparing lessons for the autistic student.
Another good rule would be to have autism resources in place like visual timetables, mini schedules and other valuable autism resources like social skills stories vital in helping the autistic student understand what is happening and also good for keeping the autistic student on task.
The internet has now made it possible for autistic educators and parents to access suitable autism resources easily.
Suitable autism resources like social skillsstories play a vital part in the lives of autistic individuals.
..And now anyone working or caring for an autistic individual can download and find social skills stories on any topic, activity, social skill, event etc that the autistic individual is struggling with making life a whole lot easier!
Follow any of the links below to download suitable social skills stories for all autistic individuals as well as suitable social skills stories for autistic students.
Autism is a developmental disability affecting the autistic individual’s brain. There is no cure for autism with more boys being diagnosed autistic than girls.
The symptoms of autism are characterized by the autistic individual’s social deficits.
The symptoms of autism vary from person to person but all with have the triad of autistic impairments:
Imagination and interaction deficits
This triad of autistic impairments will be varied from low functioning autism where the autistic person is likely to have other developmental problems such as learning disabilities, little or no speech and sometimes will suffer from seizures.
To those individuals with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome; who will almost certainly have average or above average intelligence.
These groups of autistic individuals are often referred to as little professors or geeks.
The typical social deficits autism will always be present, the main problem being social communication issues.
All autistic people will struggle to make sense of the world and have problems being socially accepted.
If your child has been diagnosed autistic you will probably be wondering exactly how the condition will affect their behaviors and development.
Autistic children are seldom naughty “just because” as their normally developing peers maybe. There is always going to be a reason for their behaviors, for example autistic children who are head banging, this could be because they have a tooth ache or ear ache.
What ever end of the autism scale your autistic child may be there are treatments and therapies available.
One such autism resource is autism social skills stories. This valuable autism resource can now thanks to the internet be downloaded quickly and easily giving immediate support and help to your autistic child or adult.
This autism resource has been widely used for many years for all autistic individuals needing help to understand and cope with certain situations they are struggling with.
When autism social skills stories are implemented they give the autistic person clear precise instruction using visual prompts and text. Autistic people are visual learners and will respond well to the visual cues used in autism social skills stories.
Implementing autism social skills stories can be done quickly and effortlessly, after careful observations on your autistic child you should be able to ascertain which situations they are struggling, becoming stressed by or misunderstanding, these will be appropriate targets for autism social skills stories.
Social skills stories can be used for all situation and tasks, for example tooth brushing, shopping, recess and other situations like a hospital appointment, new baby, visiting grand parents, in fact all situations and social settings or tasks your autistic individual need help with.
All typical social deficits autism can be overcome using social skills stories.
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Autistic children are less likely to mis-behave intentionally than there normally developing peers. An autistic child will dispaly sometimes aggressive and odd behavior, but there will always be a reason for this behavior they will not just misbehave because they want to or are acting under peer pressure.
Normally the answer to the autistic behavior issue is in theenvironment. For example an autistic child crying and banging their head, could be an indication of tooth ache, ear ache or over stimulation.
Autistic people are very sebsitive to stimuli, sight, touch, smell and sound…
An autistic child will act with aggression when certain conditions or actions are not met, like for example at a routine change, or if their senses are overwhelmed, by noise for example…in a shopping center there may be a lot of background noise you can switch off. But the autistic person will not be able to do the same. So the ringing of a mobile phone, the hum of the escalator, ring of a till, low chatter, scream of a baby all noise you shut out will overwhelm them causing at times physical pain, which in turn will cause the autistic person to be come aggressive and over stimulated.
When considering how to manage autistic behavior, these considerations should be taken into account. Not all behavior can be pin pointed immediately, but all behavior happens for a reason and after careful consideration and observation a parent should be able to asertain the root cause of the behavior and thus find a method to manage the autistic behavior.
A good idea is the introduction of social skills stories, autistic people respond well to structured routines and sameness. Therefore any routine change will not be met favorably, introducing social skills stories can help to prepare the autistic person for the forthcoming change to routine, helping them cope with the change and understand why it is happening, which in turn will combat the behavior issue when the routine changes.
Autism social skills stories are excellent tools used to help manage autistic behaviors even those behaviors that are immediate like a death, illness or substitute teacher. By having autism social skills stories at hand they can quickly be implemented to help visually explain what has happened and offer immediate answers and behavior that the autistic person can understand and deal with.
Autism social skills stories are widely used to help manage autistic behaviors and social skills teaching in autism.
Social skills teaching in autism is helped when social skills stories are implemented, for example hygiene issues, puberty, tooth brushing all skills that can be taught using autism social skills stories.
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Social stories are tools used to teach children and adults with autism vital social skills, like toileting, hygiene habits and other social skills they may struggle to understand.
The autism social story will provide the autistic individual with precise clear instruction giving them social cues and information that will help teach and re-enforce social skills.
The situation, task or activity is described in an accurate and clear manner using images and text, with key focus given to the main points.
The key focal points being the important social cues, events and reactions they may expect and the reactions and steps they will be expected to follow and or learn.
The goal of the autism social story is to give the autistic individual a clear picture of the social skill being taught that they can fully understand and follow. Helping to make the autistic individual more comfortable with, and in the social situation they are struggling with.
The autism social story will suggest to the autistic individual some possible outcomes for the situation and how they can cope with and deal with the social situation.
Social skills stories have been widely used in the treatment of autism for many years with great success. Individuals report howsocial skills stories have helped them learn and remember important social skills vital to their well being.
For example Jason is a year two autistic student that was struggling with recess, his teacher introduced Jason to social skills stories in an attempt to help Jason cope with recess.
Jason was reported in saying, “Jason knows how to do recess” after his teacher had helped Jason read the social skills story and understand what was required of him and what he could expect in return.
Jason is still using this autism social story with great success and has recently begun using other social skills stories throughout the day to help with other issues and behaviors he struggles with.
Other parents, schools and OT report similar successes, social skills stories are now widely available on the internet and can easily be downloaded and used for situations, activities and events any autistic individual finds confusing, stressful or hard to understand.
To get more information on this valuable autism resource, and download social skills stories to help your autistic child or young person, visit one of the autism resource sites listed below.
Social skills storiesare used to teach and re-enforce social skills to children with autism.
A social skills story is a short pictorially rich descriptive piece of text, written from the autistic child’s point of view.
The social stories autism can be used for a variety of situations, for example; a special event or situation, a task or activity such as eating in a restaurant, visiting a dentist or hospital appointment.
They can help children with autism prepare for a change to routing or teach them how to interact with others appropriately.
The social stories autism give the autistic child time to prepare for whatever situation is coming up or help them learn a social skill. They give the autistic child time to understand and rehearse the situation.
So when the actual event happens for example a dental visit the autistic child is prepared and can use the social skills story to help them cope with the event.
The social skills story uses four main sentence types:
These four sentence types make up the social skills story. The social skills story is always written in the first person, present tense and from the autistic child’s point of view.
The social skills story should always give key focus to the main points of the story.
Social stories autism should be pictorially rich as autistic children are visual learners.
One young autistic boy was reported saying “Now Ben knows how to do recess”. This was a hurdle for Ben; he had found recess a challenge up till an autism social skills story was introduced; now Ben has a great recess time, without any melt downs and aggressive mood swings, which had been a real problem for staff.
This is just one instance of how an autism social skills story can benefit an autistic child.
Children with autism can use autism social skills stories for all situations they are struggling with at home or at school. Just like the autistic boy mentioned above, Ben used an autism social skills story to help him manage recess…
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Autistic people like routines and things to remain the same. They prefer structure and dislike any changes to their daily routine.
Hygiene is a social skill that a normally developing person will learn as they grow from their environment, peers and family. However with autism the skill is not learnt naturally.
Autistic people do not care what others think of them, or understand little jibes like “phew what’s that smell”.
They lack the ability to “mind read” they do not understand facial expressions and lack the ability to read a persons body language. Social skills like hygiene need to be taught directly.
Healthy habits in autism can be taught and re-enforced using visual prompts.
Autistic people are visual learners and respond better to visual cues rather than the written or spoken word.
They have trouble understanding our world and can become anxious and sometimes aggressive when they fail to understand what is expected of them.
For example healthy habits in autism, we understand the need to brush our teeth, take regular dental check up’s, shower, wash our hands and how to use the toilet appropriately
All natural hygiene habits we learn through experience and watching, to an autistic person these naturally required skills need to be learned.
That’s where autism social skills stories help; they give the autistic individual instruction, cues and answers to what, where why and when, helping to teach the autistic individual the importance of healthy hygiene habits.
For example during the teenage years the autistic individual will begin to go through puberty, they will sweat and need to take care of their personal hygiene. A social skills story can explain why they are going through puberty the changes they can expect and how they will be expected to act and react to situations and circumstances that are in some cases out of their individual control.
They may not understand the need for a regular dental check up’s; all habits we naturally acquire and accept, however to an autistic person sometimes these things are confusing and in some cases will cause actual pain and anxiety.
Autistic individuals are sensitive to light, sound, touch and smell, which in some cases can make healthy hygiene habits difficult to master.
Again autism social skills stories can help them to overcome their fears and anxieties by giving them pictorial support and cues, showing what is happening and why. Then giving the autistic individual coping strategies and instruction on how to perform the task or deal with the activity or situation.
Like for example brushing their teeth, why we do this, what the outcome of not brushing your teeth could be, as well as how to brush their teeth resulting in good oral hygiene and less cavities.
To help autistic individuals gain healthy hygiene habits and gain healthy habits in autism use autism social skills stories.
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Probably the best method of teaching autistic students is visually
Autistic children are generally visual learners, meaning they respond better to visual clues rather than the spoken or written word.
Autistic students often show strengths in rote memory, concrete thinking and visual-spatial relationships. They will often have deficits in communication, relationships, abstract thinking and social cognition.
Therefore strategies for teaching autistic students are better placed by keeping this in mind.
Autism visual supports are generally used to help the autistic student learn, communicate, demonstrate good behavior patterns and learn self control.
The main advantage for an autistic educator being; that with an autistic student sometimes there attention span can be limited, so therefore, your spoken words can be forgotten and misinterpreted.
The visual cue, image or picture is not forgotten it is there to see. The autistic student can look at the image and collect important information, description, key points and understand what is expected from them, or how to perform a task or learn the skill being taught.
An important point to remember is that autistic children do not process information in the same way as a normally developing child and may not understand the command you are giving vocally. But in picture format it is clear, there for them to see and understand.
Communication deficits are a major problem with autism spectrum disorder students.
In addition to this autistic students are also sensitive to stimuli, for example background noises in the classroom, like for example low chatter, rustle of paper a book being turned and so, they find it difficult to block out these noises and can become anxious and easily distracted from the lesson in hand.
This is where autism visual supports will also benefit the autistic student. The autism visual supports enable the autistic student focus on the message, task or lesson.
An autistic educator can use many different forms of visual cues and supports for an autistic student depending on the student abilities and understanding.
An excellent tool for this being autism social skills stories. These strategies for teaching autistic students can come in various formats, to suit the autistic student’s needs and abilities.
The autism social skills for the classroom will support appropriate behaviors, define rules, describe appropriate steps for an activity and give structure to a routine.
The social skills stories are a pictorial representation describing a social situation, lesson, activity or event, with appropriate social cues and responses. Using key focus on the main points also giving the autistic student a definite action and instruction on how to understand and cope.
Research and studies into the use of autism social skills stories shows a marked increase in the autistic student’s social skills, autism social skills for the classroom and understanding as well as a proven method to help keep the student on task.
Social skills stories are widely used in classrooms by autistic educators to help the autistic student understand, manage, control and implement correct behaviors as well as helping the autistic student to learn, communicate and feel more comfortable within the classroom and on the playground, by using autism social skills stories for the classroom…
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Shopping is a normal “everyday” activity; we think nothing of hopping on a bus or in the car and going to the shop.
However, this normal everyday activity can be a complete nightmare to children with autism and autistic parents.
Autism spectrum disorder is a disorder affecting the brain and social development of the individual on the autism spectrum disorder scale.
If your child is on the autism spectrum disorder scale taking them shopping can be stressful and will need careful planning.
Children with autism are very sensitive to stimuli affecting, touch, smell, light and sound; making shopping an anxious and often painful experience.
Things we do not even notice like the strip lights in the shop, or spotlights above some displays can hurt their eyes. The bright lights in the fridges or flashing signs can all be autism anxiety triggers.
The smell of the shop, the fresh food display, aromas from perfumes, soaps, deodorant and the smell from a flower stand. Smell of the stale air in the shopping mall, the smell of the perfume the lady at the checkout is wearing; the aftershave of the man behind you, the smell of the gum the little girl in front of you is chewing. The smell from the bakers shop to us tempting and yummy to an autistic child can all be autism anxiety triggers.
The sound of the checkout, the loud speakers, people chatting, a shrill laugh, the drone of the escalator, the ping of the lift, children laughing, giggling a baby crying, a mobile phone ring all normal noises we shut out and put into the background.
But to an autistic child these noises can be overwhelming and frightening.
Children with autism don’t process sensations in the same way we do and although to us these normal everyday sounds are ok to them they can be dreadful.
Touch is a big issue also with children with autism, some autistic children do not like being touched, and in a busy bustling shop sometimes this can not be avoided!
As a parent your child’s safety is always your first thought; in a busy supermarket, what do you do when that child won’t let you hold their hand? How do you keep that child safe?
Autistic children are sensitive to touch; they may dislike rough material, silky material, and bubbly feeling fabric. They may dislike the feel of the chair in the cafe or the cold metal table.
The journey to theshop on the bus the uncomfortable fabric of the seat the sound of the engine the lights the buzzer the chatter the laughter, a mum telling of her child, a cry a mobile phone ring all can cause autistic anxiety triggers.
So how are you going to make this normal everyday activity less stressful and painful for your child?
A good starting point is to have these autistic anxiety triggers in mind before setting out on a shopping trip, choose a less busy day, and prepare your child for the trip.
A good place to begin is with social stories for children with autism. Social stories are an excellent autism resource for teaching social skills like “I can go shopping” to an autistic child-giving clear focus to the key points the autism social skills story will focus on the main points and give clear instruction on how, why, where and when we shop.
Helping the child make sense and feel more comfortable with the shopping trip, a good social skills story will prepare the autistic child for the shopping trip and find coping strategies and methods of dealing with the anxious moments and fears the autistic child will have.
Autistic parents use social stories for children with autism going shopping as well as other stories to help their child cope with social skills, personal care, events and all of life’s normal and not so normal happenings and situations.
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