Archive for April, 2009

Social stories for autism

Thursday, April 30th, 2009


Social skills stories are used to teach people with autism vital social skills. Social stories for autism are a description of an everyday situation, circumstance or event, written from the autistic person’s point of view.

 

Therefore social stories for autism can be used in different ways for example; if there is a change to routine in the near future or a special event happening, or maybe there is a social skill that needs mastering.


Using autism social skills stories allows the person with autism to practice the social skill, so that when the situation or event actually happens they are prepared and when they encounter the situation or event they will be able to cope better.

 

The social stories for autism will help guide and control behaviors; helping the person with autism to manage and control the situation or event.


Social skills stories follow a set formula of sentences:

Descriptive

Perspective

Direction

Control

 

By implementing autism social skills stories you can help your autistic child find coping mechanisms for all the situations they are finding it hard to comprehend and cope with; like bed time, friendships, personal hygiene and school related issues.

 

A well written social skills story is written in the first person and will give key focus to the main points. All the above sentences will be used and it will also include image or pictures appropriate to the skill being taught or re-enforced.


To download appropriate social stories for autism visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/preshool

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

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Autism resources - social stories

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009


Visual supports in autism are used to teach and re-enforce vital social skills to people with autism.

 

Visual supports in autism such as social skills stories can be implemented quickly and easily helping you to teach and re-enforce vital social skills like making and maintaining friendships.

 

Autism social skills stories give the autistic child accurate information about any situation that maybe struggling with, find confusing, or stressful.

 

The social skills story will describe in detail the situation and give focus to a few key points: these are the important social cues.

 

The social skills story will give KEY information about the event, and the reactions people with autism may expect to occur in the situation. Plus it will give the actions and reactions that might be expected of them, and why.

 

People with autism are generally visual learners and will gain more benefit from visual supports and prompts, which makes autism social stories ideal when teaching vital social skills.

 

Studies show people with autism respond well to autism social stories and evidence suggests a vast improvement in social skills learning capacity when social skills stories are implemented.


Implementing autism social stories has been made all the more easier with the use of the internet. Social skills stories can be sourced quickly and easily and implemented much quicker.

 

One such recommended autism resource can be found at :

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

 

 

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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

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www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

 

 

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Teaching children with autism-using autism social stories

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder affecting the brain of the individual it is not a form of mental retardation.

 

Often children with autism spectrum disorder are referred to as odd or weird and will often display unusual behavior patterns; children with autism will generally prefer to be alone and avoid the social contact and interaction other children of similar ages will crave.

 

Normally developing children will people watch and collect information from peers, family and the environment which will teach and re-enforce vital social skills and behaviors.

 

But typically children with autism spectrum disorder will lack this ability and therefore not pick up on or understand the need for social skills, like for instance making and maintaining friends.

 

Therefore teaching children with autism any social skills must be done directly. This can be achieved through the use of social re-enforcers like autism social skills stories.

 

Often autistic children can appear rude and abrupt. Generally teaching children with autism using autism social stories can be a real bonus they can help the autistic child understand the social skill, the need for it, the reason they need to learn the skill and the reactions of those around them giving them a clear full picture of what, why, where and when.


Research proves that using autism social skills stories benefits the autistic child in many ways for example they are like a favorite friend helping the autistic child cope socially.

 

As well as giving clear instruction, coping methods and strategies, answers, suggestions, positive re-enforcements and ultimately the ability to learn the social skill being taught.


So teaching children with autism using autism social skills stories can be a real bonus. They can help alleviate the stress and frustrations often felt by parents and educators who struggle to teach social skills to children with autism.

 

For 100 autism social skills stories to help teach your autistic child social skills visit

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

www.autismsocialstories.com/preshool


www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

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www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

 

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Autism behavioral difficulties

Sunday, April 12th, 2009


All autistic individuals can suffer with behavioral difficulties.

 

Autism spectrum disorder covers a wide range of disabilities from low functioning autism to asperger syndrome.

 

However all on the autism spectrum disorder scale will have the autism triad of impairments:

Social deficits

Communication deficits

Interaction and imagination deficits

 

Some autistic children on the low functioning autism end may also have significant learning difficulties and need quite a lot of support.

 

On the other end of the autism spectrum disorder scale the asperger syndrome child may need moderate to low help and be of average to above average intelligence.

 

However that said when dealing with autism behavioral difficulties all autistic individuals will need a level of support when dealing with the autism triad of impairments

 

The autism behavioral difficulties vary between all autistic children. The best way of coping with the effects of autism behavioral difficulties is to first have an understanding of how the autism triad of impairments affects each autistic individual.

 

For example all autistic children will have communication deficits, language is normally always delayed and in low functioning autism sometimes language is never developed.


The autistic individual will have problems understanding language and communicating with others they will have difficulties and normally lack the ability to understand humor, sarcasm, wit and slang etc.

 

A good way of helping all autistic children develop and control language is by the introduction of autism social skills stories.

 

Autism social skills stories are carefully written short descriptive visual autism supports that are easily introduced. They will soon be helping your autistic individual find clear coping methods for all language issues.

 

Parents, care providers and educators have been finding support using autism social stories for many years with tremendous success. Autism social stories can be used for all situations that the autistic person is struggling to understand. The autism social story can be implemented to help the autistic person make sense of the situation and suggest give clear coping strategies and methods of dealing with the issue.

 

All autism behavioral difficulties can be adequately addressed using autism social skills stories.

 

To download and begin using autism social skills stories visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/school


www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene


www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior 

 

 

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Teaching autistic students

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


If you have decided that your autistic child will attend mainstream education, you should first consider whether the mainstream school of your choice can meet their special educational needs.

 

Many techniques used in mainstream education will not necessarily suit a child with special needs such as autism.

 

Generally children have three basic learning styles;

Visual learners - this group will learn better through visual methods like pictures, images and by watching demonstrations.

 

Auditory learners - this group learn best through listening, for example to tapes, recordings and to explanation given verbally like lectures etc.

 

Kinesthetic learners - this group learn best through movement, practice for example they learn through imitation watching and doing or repeating what they have just witnessed.

 

With normally developing children they can embrace two or even three of these styles easily, for example they may be a visual learner (prefer to learn visually) but will equally be able to process and learn information in other ways like auditory and or kinesthetically.

 

But when considering teaching autistic students it is a good idea to remember that generally autistic children are normally visual learners and will not respond so well to auditory lessons and group discussions etc.

 

Therefore teaching autistic children needs to be modified slightly to embrace the visual learning skills, for example use more visual aids like pictures, images and visual prompts.

 

An autistic educator can help his/her autistic student by creating a more suitable atmosphere and take autism classroom accommodations into consideration


For example what do I mean by autism classroom accommodations? Well put simply the layout of the classroom, the feel and atmosphere, is it noisy, hard to navigate, dark, light etc..

 

A good starting point when considering teaching autistic students is placing visual prompts or cues around the classroom, for example remembering autistic children are visual learners, a picture of a chair and desk above their work station, to show this is where they will be expected to sit.

 

A picture of a toilet above the bathroom, a picture of their coat peg above where there coat will hang and so on..

 

Generally autism classroom accommodations will also include visual prompts such a visual timetable/schedule, mini schedule if needed, now and next board if needed and of cause probably the most important of all social skills stories.

 

These are visual cues demonstrating lessons, skills, activities, events and situations that the autistic student will encounter each day.

 

For example autism social skills stories are used to show, teach and help the autistic child rehearse prepare and be more comfortable with the days planned activities and lessons, like recess for example suitable autism social skills stories explain what recess is and what will happen as well as the expected rules, giving the autistic child coping methods which can cut down anxieties.

 

They can also be used to teach vital social skills like using the toilet, eating, sharing, teasing and joining in play.

 

All autistic educators can benefit from a strong back up of suitable autism social skills stories to help them when teaching autistic students.

 

You can download autism social skills stories for the autism classroom and the autistic student from

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

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www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

 

 

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