Archive for May, 2009

Teaching effective communication and autism

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the development of the brain.

 

In a normally developing child the brain begins developing from birth, the baby learns that when he cries he receives food, drink and comfort. The newborn begins to recognize the sound of its mother and father and other family members.

 

During the first few months of life speech begins to develop the baby will begin to make cooing sounds by six months the baby will make small repetitive sounds like ba ba ba or ma ma ma and will be attempting a form of verbal communication with its mother by imitating sounds.


This is the beginning of speech by the first year the majority of normally developing children will have the ability to say a few words.


By two years of age most normally developing children will be putting small sentences together and will have the ability to recognize meanings, they will have already learnt to read their parents facial expression and will identify some objects when asked.

 

They will be able to take part in pretend play, will show emotions and will engage in people watching; they will be inquisitive and will be able to read facial expression and body language.

 

However autistic children lack the inquisitiveness and need to interact with their parents and others, which can effect the development of communication.


One of the major issues that parents of autistic children report about their autistic child is their communication difficulties. All autistic children will have the triad of autistic impairments which are social, communication, interaction and imagination deficits. This is common in autism and all autistic people will have these autism symptoms to some degree.


Normally language in autism is delayed and sometimes speech never develops.

 

However parents of autistic children have being finding help using autism resources that can help when teaching effective communication and autism, these autism resources are available for download over the internet helping parents of autistic children quickly gain the help and the support they need.

 

If you are looking for methods for teaching effective communication and autism visit:


http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Where you will find valuable autistic visual supports such as:

autism social skills stories

PECS cards

Flash cards

Plus a whole load more autistic visual supports, as well as on hand expert advice and support.


All other autistic visual supports and autism social skills stories can be downloaded from:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

www.autismsocialstories.com/potty

www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

 

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Visual autism resources social skills stories

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is a life long developmental disability affecting the brain of the individual, there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder.


Autism spectrum disorder is not a mental disability and most autistics on the spectrum will not have mental retardation.

 

However that said there may still be some educational difficulties especially in those children with low functioning autism, and speech will almost certainly be delayed or may never develop. This grout of autistics on the spectrum may also have other difficulties such as seizures.

 

Even though autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability most autistics with asperger syndrome which is the top end of the autism scale can and will carry on to lead near normal lives and will almost certainly be of average or above average intelligence.

 

The common thread surrounding and binding all autistic spectrum disorder individuals is their deficits in social, communication, imagination and interaction abilities.


ALL autistic spectrum disorder individuals, form low functioning autism to those diagnosed asperger syndrome will suffer these deficits. However the autism symptoms will vary between individuals.

 

Recent research and studies into the treatments and therapies for autism have shown a remarkable improvement in social, communication, imagination and interaction deficits the autistic individual is struggling with, can be helped when the individual with autism is introduced to visual autism resources.

 

Visual autism resources such as PECS cards and social skills stories are used with significant success with all autistic individuals. These valuable autism resources can help teach and re-enforce vital social skills as well as compliment and enhance everyday living skills.


Parents of autistic children report great improvements in autistic behaviors around the home and in general. Autism social stories can improve an autistic persons understanding and ability to perform everyday tasks such as tooth brushing, showering and eating habits.

 

Implementing autism social stories for all autistic children has been made easier with the introduction of the internet. These recommended autism resources are available for immediate download and can be easily introduced and tweaked for the autistic spectrum disorder individual.


As we learn more about autism and it’s affects on families we see an improvement in autism resources, above all the introduction of autism social stories within the family setting can help bring harmony back to family life.


For information on visual autism resources social skills stories and their affects visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

Alternatively you can find help for visual autism resources social skills stories from:


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www.autismsocialstories.com/school

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

 

 

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Typical social deficits in autism

Monday, May 18th, 2009


Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disability affecting the brain of autistic individual’s. In general three quarters of babies diagnosed will be male.

 

The symptoms of autism or the typical social deficits in autism

Are normally always characterized by the autistic individual’s social difficulties.

 

The symptoms of autism will vary between individuals as no two people are the same. However the typical social deficits in autism are always deficits with social, communication, imagination and interaction. This group of deficits will always be present in some form and is often referred to as the triad of autistic impairments.

 

This triad of autistic impairments can differ in severity from low-functioning autistic people to high functioning autism or those with asperger syndrome.

 

Low functioning autistic children will normally display other developmental difficulties like lack of speech, seizures and will often have educational difficulties also. It is often found low functioning autistics benefit from special education schools.

 

The top end of the autism scale is asperger syndrome or high functioning autism; these two diagnoses are often confused, but are not the same. This group of children will often be in mainstream education with average or above average intelligence.

 

The symptoms of autism may vary and the level of support will vary, but in general all autistic children benefit from help with this triad of autistic impairments. There are various autism resources on offer to help ease the typical social deficits in autism. These include autism resources like social skills stories, PECS cards, Flash cards, schedules etc.

 

In general autism resources like autism social skills stories can be of huge benefit for all autistic children, young people and adults, they provide excellent support for the autistic person and can be tweaked to suit each autistic person individually.

 

They come in various formats to suit both low functioning autistics as well as those with high functioning autism and asperger syndrome.


Autism social skills stories are always written in the first person and visually rich with appropriate images to help the autistic person understand what is being learnt.

 

They are affective for all areas the autistic person is struggling with including things such as personal hygiene, school issues, activities as well as being used as a tool to teach social skills and help encourage good behaviors.

 

Download social skills stories to help your autistic child or young person from:

  

www.autismsocialstories.com

 

 

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Social stories for autistic children

Sunday, May 17th, 2009


Autism social skills stories are used as an autism resource to help teach and re-enforce social skills to kids with autism.

 

Written from the child’s perspective in simple language with appropriate images the autism social skills story will describe in detail giving key focus to the main points any situation, task or event the child is struggling with.


Social skills stories can be used in various situations to help the autistic child find comprehension of the situation and thus helping the autistic child develop an understating and coping method for the situation.

 

Used as valuable autism resources for many years autism social skills stories are used to help teach social skills to kids with autism in the home, school and in social surroundings.

 

For example, autism social skills stories can help a child prepare for upcoming changes in routine, or learn appropriate social interactions for situations that they encounter.


Research confirms kids with autism benefit from using autism social skills stories to help them deal with those situations they find confusing and difficult to cope with like, good eating habits, friendships, pretend play or hygiene difficulties like showering, hair washing getting a hair cut, visiting the dentist and so on.

 

To download beneficial expertly written social skills stories for kids with autism as well as other beneficial autism resources visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

Or www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

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Support for your autistic child

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

More children are being diagnosed as autistic than ever before the average being 1 in ever 150 recorded births in the US.

 

With the ever increasing numbers of children with autism being diagnosed as autistic more pressure is being felt by schools especially those mainstream school with teachers who have not necessarily had sufficient training in how to teach autistic students.

 

Therefore, the ever present pressure can take a toll on our education system.

 

On average 40% of autistic students in mainstream education will suffer some form of bullying from their peers. Why? Lack of understanding is partly to blame and lack of proper supervision and provision for the autistic student is also to take part of the blame.

 

A recent study showed approximately 75% of mainstream teachers would like more training on how to teach children with autism.

 

The internet now makes it possible for teachers and parents to find appropriate autism resources and information that can be used to help teach children with autism.

 

Experts such as Speech therapists, OT and even doctors are now using the internet more to help reach out and give support to parents and teachers when they need it.

 

Help with autism resources such as social skills stories, PECS cards, flash cards and schedules as well as behavior plans and other visual supports in autism.

 

Autistic educators are sharing their knowledge and autism resources with their colleagues in mainstream education making life easier for everyone to obtain appropriate visual supports in autism.

 

One such autism resource on offer is autism social skills stories used widely by autistic educators to help teach kids with autism social skills and behaviors, like how to cope with recess, the dinner hall, assembly, P.E. lessons and so on.

 

Kids with autism benefit from the use of autism social skills stories and as such they have been used for many years now both in the autism classroom, schools and in the home by parents of kids with autism.


Social skills stories can be implemented quickly and easily bringing relief to the autism classroom as well as those parents and teachers that need help.

 

Downloading autism social skills stories has never been easier with the use of the world wide web; and there are many site now offering social skills stories to teachers and parents of kids with autism.

 

Some of these sites offering genuine and expertly written and sourced autism resources are:

www.autismsocialstories.com

 

 

 

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Teaching social skills to autistic children

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Recent research into teaching social skills to autistic children suggests that autistic children tend to learn more effectively when the teaching is tailored more to their specific needs.

 

For example James is a six year old autistic boy, educated in mainstream education. James was having difficulties understanding white board lessons. James complained the light hurt his eyes and would become aggressive and disrupt the lesson.

 

After an initial assessment James was given visual supports for autism to use in the lesson. The LSA working with James was given an appropriate social skills story to explain to James how and why the white board is used within the classroom.


James was able to understand the autism social skills story and adapted to its use. The LSA was able to help James use the autism social story each time the white board was used within the class which eased his tension and made the whole classroom a happier place for the other students and James to learn.

 

James needed help learning how to behave within the classroom when things were not quite as he would like.

 

A social skills story can be used for various situations any autistic child is struggling to understand.

 

Teaching social skills to autistic children need not be fraught with obstacles any longer.

 

By implementing various aids available to autistic educators and parents teaching social skills to autistic children like James is made simpler and more affective.

 

Aids like social skills stories PECS cards, Flash cards and schedules you can really help an autistic child find coping methods and strategies for those situations they struggle to comprehend.


Gain access to un-limited autism resources at:


www.autismsocialstories.com/school


Social skills stories can be downloaded from

www.autismsocialstories.com

 

 

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autism visual supports

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

We all use visual supports on a daily basis, we read the paper, watch TV, look in magazines, at maps, recipes and timetables there are of cause lot’s more visual supports we use daily.

 

This is no different with autistic individuals they too use visual supports to enhance their own daily lives and to help find meanings, instructions and directions, pretty similar to how a normally developing person will.

 

However with autistic individuals; autism visual prompts, supports and cues are also used to help the autistic individual also organize and sequence events, activities and tasks enhancing their ability to understand, anticipate and participate in those events. 

 

The autism visual supports are used also to supplement written or verbal instructions for example an autistic educator will gain the autistic students attention during teaching and make learning easier by adding visual supports to the autistic students lesson like images, pictures and diagrams supporting what the autistic educator is trying to teach.

 

The autism visual support is also used as a means of communication for example in visual schedules, mini schedules, now and then boards, choices boards, PECS cards and flash cards to name a few, there are of cause many other forms of visual supports for autism.

 

We see visual supports for autism used as reminders of how to deal with situations for example a mini schedule to explain to an autistic student how to use the toilet at school.


They are used also to remind the autistic child and student of how to communicate verbally, giving them autism visual prompts and instruction of how and when it is appropriate to speak, how to use their words, and how to act and behave both in the autism classroom, at home, out shopping and at family or public gathering as well as other occasions and events.

 

An autistic child may have difficulties in understanding verbal communication and will rely solely on autism visual supports as a means of communicating their own wants and needs. They can be used to help the autistic children make sense of lessons and other situations or activities they are struggling to cope with like for example autistic children may struggle with brushing their teeth, visiting the dentist, hairdresser or other tasks such as making their bed, making a drink or making and maintain friendships.


There are many autism visual supports used with great success in the autism classroom, schools, clinics and at home like autism social skills stories, PECS cards and flash cards, these can be readily found on the internet and implemented very easily.


To access these valuable autism tools visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com to find 100+ autism social skills stories

 

 

 

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Teaching children with autism how to make friends

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Children with autism spectrum disorder will often struggle to make and maintain friendships.

 

Their unusual behaviors and communication difficulties can often be misread, which can on occasions leave the autistic child open to bullying and taunts.

 

An autistic child will generally not understand non-verbal communications and will lack the ability to mind read or read facial and body language.


The autistic child may be literal and not respond in the expected way to criticism, sarcasm, jokes, wit and humor which again can lead to social mistakes and the inability to make and maintain friendships.

 

Therefore teaching children with autism how to make friends can be difficult. Research suggests that teaching children with autism can be made easier with the introduction of social skills stories.

 

A well written social skills story can be used for teaching children with autism how to make friends. The autism social skills story will explain how the autistic child should act and what will be expected of them and what they can expect from others.

 

The social skills story can teach and re-enforce vital social skills needed for “everyday” as well as all other social situations, events, skills and occasions.

 

The social skills story is not only used for teaching children with autism how to make friends but also for other skills like teaching personal hygiene, how to behave at school and more.

 

For immediate access to 100 autism social skills stories visit:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocicalstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/preschool

www.autismsocialstories.com/potty

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

 

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