Archive for August, 2009

Autism and finding friends

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

One of the major issues faced by parents of autistic children is whether their youngster will struggle to make and maintain friends with their own peer group.

 

Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain; the symptoms of autism are dependant on how where the child is on the autism spectrum disorder scale.

 

A child with low functioning autism may have educational difficulties and speech will be delayed or may never develop.

 

Those children with asperger syndrome or high functioning autism may be of average or above average intelligence these groups of individuals are often referred to as geeks or little professors.


As with typically developing children no two autistic children are the same therefore the symptoms of autism will vary. But all autistic children will have the typical autistic deficits associated with the disorder, which are:

 

Autistic deficits is social, communication both verbal and non verbal, imagination and interaction deficits.

 

It is these autistic deficits which can make finding and maintaining friendships difficult.

 

Parents of autistic children report that autism and finding friends is made easier when the autistic child has been introduced to resources such as social skills stories.

 

First developed almost twenty years ago to help promote and teach appropriate behaviors and life skills social skills stories are now probably one of the biggest resources used by parents of autistic children, educators and professionals to help teach social skills like for example how to make and maintain friends.


Significant improvements in social skills and behaviors are reported once social skills stories have been implemented. The internet now makes it possible for parents to source autism resources such as social skills stories quickly and easily cutting waiting times and hassles.

 

Written by experts in autism social skills stories are used to teach and re-enforce social skills and behaviors; using appropriate language and visually rich social skills stories describe events, situations, behaviors and skills in the first person and from the autistic child’s point of view.

 

Download social skills stories appropriate for autism and making friends from http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Autism social skills stories are also used to teach social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors.

 

Download immediately 100 social skills stories from http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

Plus other autism resources and social skills stories from any of the sites below.

 


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school_resources

Teaching strategies for asperger syndrome adolescents

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Asperger syndrome is a form of autism spectrum disorder, affecting the brain of the individual.

 

The symptoms of asperger syndrome are the same as the symptoms of autism; individuals display deficits in social, communications both verbal and non-verbal, imaginations and interaction skills.

 

Figures recently published show that 1 in every 300 children born will develop the symptoms of asperger syndrome and be given the diagnosis of asperger syndrome.

 

The characteristics of asperger syndrome show us that the teaching strategies for asperger syndrome adolescents are different from the methods used with typically developing children and teens. Those adolescents with the symptoms of asperger syndrome will exhibit strengths in their visual processing skills, and will show significant weaknesses in their ability to process information auditorialy.

 

Which shows us that the use of asperger visual support strategies play an essential role as teaching strategies for asperger syndrome adolescents.


Asperger visual support strategies are used effectively when teaching social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors which are essential to an asperger individual’s development.

 

One form of asperger visual support strategies used to aid teaching asperger individual’s is asperger social skills stories. Developed by therapist Carol Gray almost twenty years ago asperger social skills stories are written by experts and parents to help teach and re-enforce behaviors and skills that are essential to the growth and development of asperger adolescents.


Parents and educators agree asperger social skills stories can play a vital role in helping teach social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors.


Asperger social stories are visually rich with appropriate text and language to help those adolescents with asperger syndrome understand, remember and cope with skills and behaviors that typically developing teens learn naturally.

 

Asperger social stories can be used to teach and help re-enforce various skills and behaviors like being a good sport, using deodorant, teasing, menstruation, how to have a good conversation and so on all essential skills.

 

Studies show an increase in skills and behaviors in adolescents with asperger syndrome that use asperger social stories.

 

To download asperger social skills stories for adolescents with asperger syndrome visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

Autistic children playing sports

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Generally autistic children prefer their own company and display deficits in social, communication and interaction skills which can make group sport very difficult for them.

 

Therefore many parents of children with autism and educators find individual sports such as swimming or bike riding more beneficial for kids with autism. Bike riding uses many different muscle groups and can help with muscle development, many autistic children have poor muscle control and body strength making sports such as swimming or bike riding beneficial.

 

Parents of children with autism report significant improvement in gross motor development from sports like riding a bike. Many autistic children enjoy riding their bicycle as well as sports such as swimming and parents of children with autism also report an increase in social and communication skills with their child.

 

Typically kids with autism have sensitivities to certain things and can sometimes need encouragement to ride a bike; they may dislike the coldness of the metal or the sound of the bell etc…

 

However this is easily achieved for many parents of children with autism when they introduce social stories to their child.

 

Generally kids with autism benefit from social stories which are implemented to help kids with autism understand and cope with skills, behaviors, tasks, events and situations or activities that typically developing children naturally learn and develop.

 

With teaching or learning a skill such as riding a bike, parents have reported using social stories has been beneficial in helping them teach their autistic youngster basic skills such as putting on shoes, appropriate clothing, listening as well as skills such eye contact and concentration. Learning to ride a bike in the most parts has been rated a significant sport for an autistic youngster to master.

 

Using social stories will help parents achieve successes in skills like concentration, listening, road skills and riding a cycle easier. Social stories are widely used for teaching sport to autistic children.

 

To download and begin implementing and using social stories for teaching sport to autistic children and autistic children playing sports visit sites such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com


This site has specific social stories for autistic children playing sports all the social stories are written by experts and can be instantly downloaded.

 

URL is http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

 

Autistic spectrum and sensory issues

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

You will probably have come across sensory integration or sensory processing disorder and autism if you have a child with autism spectrum disorder.

 

These conditions are normally associated with children on the spectrum because they suffer with sensory deficits. Children with autism spectrum disorder have trouble processing sensory input for example they are normally either over sensitive or under sensitive.

 

Generally children with autism spectrum disorder will have problems managing sensory input which will often result in over reactions which can make participation in social activities difficult, or will result in anxiety and stress for the child with autism spectrum disorder.

 

Children with autism can be over sensitive to light, sound, feel, touch and smell making life difficult. These sensitivities can result in the child being unable to perform certain tasks for example they may be sensitive to the taste of toothpaste or the lights in a shop, maybe the feel of the car seats and so on..


In some cases a GP may diagnose sensory processing disorder and autism. However this is not always the case most autistic children will have sensitivities, these can be controlled and eased without medication in a lot of cases by using supports such as social stories for autism.


Social stories can help children with autistic spectrum and sensory issues, for example maybe your child is over sensitive to the feel of the cold metal in their mouth at the dentist, appropriate social stories for autism and going to the dentist can help alleviate the anxiety a trip to the dentist can bring on, helping to make the experience less fraught and stressful.


Or maybe your child with autistic spectrum and sensory issues is having difficulties with flushing the chain or other sensory difficulties, using social stories for autism can benefit the child and help make them more relaxed with the situation.


To download appropriate social stories and learn more about how they can help an autistic child with sensory issues as well as teach social skills and behaviors visit:

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

or http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

 

 

 

How does autism affect family life?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Autism spectrum disorder is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the way an individual’s brain develops. Autism spectrum disorder is not a form of mental retardation autism spectrum disorder is a *brain disease*.


Individuals receiving a diagnosis of autism will have deficits in the triad of autistic impairments. A diagnosis of autism is not the end of the world; however a diagnosis of autism can be hard to comprehend and deal with. Many families will undoubtedly face an uphill struggle with their autistic child.

 

After a diagnosis of autism it is essential you gain as much information as possible about this complex disorder. Early intervention in many cases is very beneficial.


A significant number of parents with autistic children use the internet as a means of support and information. Sites offering support forums are a place families with autism can swap support and information.

 

Other sites offer information on issues such as how does autism affect family life and give practical advice on resources used to help manage autistic behaviors as well as teach and enforce positive social behaviors and skills.

 

You will no doubt be asking yourself exactly how does autism affect family life and how will it affect mine. This is a complex question as no two autistic children are the same. However all will have significant difficulties with social, communication, interaction and imagination skills, which will undoubtedly affect family life.

 

Many autistic children have difficulties with skills such as potty training, eye contact, hugging and interacting with siblings and family members.

 

There are supports that can help teach social skills and positive behavior to autistic children such as social stories. First developed almost twenty years ago, social stories are written by experts in autistic behaviors and development and are put in place to support the family of autistic children as well as offering a means of teaching and re-enforcing social skills and behaviors to autistic children.


Social skills stories can be downloaded instantly from sites such as www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

 

Written by experts in autism development and behaviors these social skills stories are used to help and support autistic children and the family of autistic children by providing a means teaching social skills vital to development.

 

Download and get more information on social stories for autistic children from: www.autismsocialstories.com

Teaching autistic children communication skills

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

One of the major issues for children with autism is communication skills deficits. This is due to their condition; autism is a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the brain of the individual, which results in deficits, in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills for example autism language is generally delayed.

 

All children are different and the severity of deficit will vary between individuals. In some children with autism language will be delayed, however around 9% of autistic children may never develop language.


Therefore the odds are your autistic child will develop speech, but their language development may be delayed. For autistic children communication both verbal and non verbal is not a natural skills and needs working on. With autism the ability to read another persons body language is missing and so is the ability to read faces making non-verbal communication extremely tricky.


A subtle nod, wink, glance or a knowing glare is not going to be interpreted as you would want it to be, which can lead to social misunderstandings and errors.

 

Making non-verbal communication stressful and at times socially isolating for the autistic child themselves. So how can you go about teaching autistic children communication skills that will actually help?


One method which has significant success rates is social skills stories. Reports and research into social skills stories shows tremendous success rates with teaching autistic children communication skills such as asking questions, staying calm, being a good sport, sharing, appropriate touching, a social kiss and so on.


Many parents and autistic educators use social skills stories for just about all social skills and behavior teaching form as varied issues as visiting grand parents, tooth brushing, flushing the toilet, using public toilets to recess and following school rules.

 

Generally written by experts in autism, parents or autistic educators these short visually rich social skills stories explain the issue, skill or behavior being taught in the first person from the autistic child’s point of view using appropriate language and images describing the situation and giving social cues.

 

To learn more about how and when social skills stories can benefit your child plus to gain immediate downloads of appropriate expertly written social skills stories visit one of the sites listed below:

 

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocicalstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/howto


All these sites give you immediate access to social skills stories for teaching both verbal and non verbal communication plus other social skills and behaviors for children with autism.

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How to teach social skills to children with autism

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

A significant area of difficulty with the autism child is that of social and communication skills deficits. Typically developing children learn social skills through their environment, peers and family, they people watch both consciously and sub consciously.

 

With the autism child this ability to naturally learn social skills is missing. Autism is a developmental disability affecting the brain of the individual with autism. The development of social and communication skills is restricted and the autism child will need to be taught social and communication skills directly.

 

This can be achieved in a manner of ways. Generally parents of autistic children use social skills supports for autism such as social stories to help teach their autistic youngster appropriate social and communication skills.


All autistic youngsters have social skills deficits, however, that said all autistic youngsters are different and the severity of autism symptoms will vary between individuals.

 

Social skills stories for children with autism were first developed by therapist Carol Gray to help parents and educators cope with how to teach social skills to children with autism.

 

Social skills stories for children with autism are normally written by therapists or parents of autistic children to teach social and communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities.


Written in the first person and from the point of view of the autistic child the social story teaches appropriate social, communication and behavior skills, using appropriate language and images the autistic child can understand and relate too.

 

To learn more about social skills stories and how to teach social skills to children with autism plus gain immediate download of 100 social skills stories for children with autism visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com

All expertly written with appropriate images to help teach social and communication skills to children with autism visit any of the following sites for social skills supports for autism http://www.autismsocialstories.com or any of the sites listed below and gain immediate downloads of social skills stories for children with autism…


http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/howto

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