Autism Spectrum Disorder social Stories were first developed around twenty years ago as a method for teaching and communicating with individuals on the spectrum.
They were developed to aid communication in both verbal and nonverbal autistics. The goal being that individuals on the spectrum were able to use the autism spectrum disorder social skills stories as a tool to help them clarify and understand information and directions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills stories provide the child with ASD explanations and possible behavior suggestions for situations, skills and behaviors that they may find difficult or confusing.
Used effectively as a tool to teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder the Â social story uses visual cues to show the child with ASD what is expected of them as well as what they can expect from others.
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social skills impairments which make social and communication skills difficult to master.
ASD social stories therefore help to teach social and communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder, visually almost like a comic strip script, the skill or behavior in terms of relative social cues and prompts making it easier for the child with ASD to understand the “wh” question (who, where, When, what and why)
Research shows us that teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder is made easier when visual aids are used.
Consequently, parents with autistic children and teachers use visual tools such as social skills stories for teaching social skills to children with autism spectrum disorder. The social skills story is visually rich and is used much like a step by step visual plan detailing the skill being mastered.
Showing the child with ASD visually possible outcomes, giving focus to the key points, showing the child with autism spectrum disorder how another person may re-act or feel in the situation by describing another’s point of view.
The social skills story can also be used to help with routine changes, teaching skills and behaviors, explaining rules and so onâ€¦
ASD social stories use a specifically defined style and format. They are mainly written by experts in autism.
Many parents with autistic children, teachers as well as other professionals use social skills stories for autistic children to teach even the most basic social skills such as tooth brushing to complex social skills like attending a wedding, a birth even explaining how to make friends, have conversations, ask questions and more.
To download Autism Spectrum Disorder social skills stories for autistic children on a variety of issues visit any of the following sites: