Archive for July, 2009

Visual supports for autism

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Our lives would not be the same without visual supports we use visual supports every day of our lives for example; reading the newspaper, watching TV, using maps and so on. All visual supports we use daily to carry on with our own personal existence.

The same applies to autistic individuals they also need visual prompts and supports in their lives. Generally autistic individuals are visual learners or visual thinkers, meaning they can understand and remember visual information a lot easier than the written or spoken word.

Teachers report that autistic students tend to learn better when visual supports for autism are in place, the autistic student can better recognize the skill being taught or re-enforced. Visual supports for autism include; PECS

cards, flash cards and things such as social skills stories.

Parents and teachers also report better success rates in teaching social skills and appropriate behaviors to kids with autism when visual supports for autism such as social skills stories are implemented.

Social skills such as appropriate touching, taking an autistic child to the dentist, coping with anger and having good manners all social skills a typically developing child will learn naturally, an autistic child will struggle to master without the use of visual supports for autism.

Generally kids with autism will be more comfortable and understand the skill or behavior being taught or re-enforced visually, through social skills stories, which are written in the first person, using appropriate minimal language and strong pictorial reference to the skill, in the form of images or pictures that the child will recognize or can relate too.

For example taking an autistic child to the dentist, parents report a significant number of kids with autism that struggle to understand the need for regular dental check ups which can cause a great amount of stress to a parent when the dental check up arises.

Those parents that choose to use social skills stories for autistic children on such issues as dental visits report a significant improvement in the child’s behavior and understanding of the event or skill being taught or supported.

A social skills story on visiting the dentist can help improve the child’s understanding of what is happening and make them more relaxed and comfortable with the situation, which will help the parent relax and therefore make the whole experience better and less stressful all round.

To immediately download appropriate visual supports for autism like social skills stories on topics such as taking an autistic child to the dentist as well as other social skills stories on many issues, behaviors and skills visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

OR http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

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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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Promoting healthy hygiene habits in autism

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Good hygiene habits are learnt through our peers and family, we listen, watch and naturally learn how to take care of ourselves.

 

With autism however, the ability to learn social skills such as good hygiene habits is not learnt naturally these skills need to be taught directly.

 

Parents, teacher and care givers use social skills stories to help teach healthy hygiene habits in autism, first developed by Carol Gray these autism resources are used when promoting healthy hygiene habits in autism.

 

Social skills stories are normally written by experts in autism development and are always written in the first person using text and images to help the autistic person understand the skill that is being taught or re-enforced.

 

Typically developing youngsters naturally learn self help skills and the need for these skills. With autism however the need for social acceptance is not always the same.

 

An autistic youngster may not understand the need for personal hygiene, their ability to read facial expression and body language is also impaired, therefore the autistic youngster may not realize their lack of personal hygiene may appear odd or in some cases offensive.

 

Social skills stories can help explain the need to practice healthy hygiene habits in autism whilst teaching the autistic youngster these skills and routines.

 

Social skills stories are also used to help with other issues related to good hygiene habits in autism such as taking an autistic child to the dentist, or autism and getting a haircut.

 

All of these social skills stories can now be downloaded from autism developmental experts providing social skills stories on issues such as good hygiene habits in autism, taking an autistic child to the dentist and autism and getting a haircut, one such site with 20 printable social skills stories for self help skills in autism is http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

 

Find expertly written stories promoting healthy hygiene habits in autism as well as stories on potty training an autistic toddler, autism and menstruation, using deodorant, showering and other self help personal social skills stories.

 

Visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

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