Generally most autistic individuals will have difficulties with social interactions due to their autism social skills deficits.
Many autistic individuals also display difficulties with communication both verbal; delayed and awkward speech and language and nonverbal; understanding gestures, reading and interpreting facial expression and body language. Many autistic kids also display obsessive behaviours and repetitive stereotypical movements such as hand flapping or head banging.
Typically developing children will have the ability to naturally make friends, start a conversation, ask questions, share and take turns and so on just a handful all social skills that are needed everyday.
However this is not the case with autism social skills are not naturally learnt and may need direct teaching. There are many ideal strategies to teach children with autism social skills, such as social skills stories and printable picture communication symbols.
Understanding the need for social skills is not a natural ability for most autistic kids, they may not understand what they are supposed to do or say and can become hurt and confused when their attempts at being part of a group are met with failure or ridicule.
Therefore finding strategies to teach children with autism social skills is beneficial. Sites such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com offer help and support as well as appropriate teaching aids to teach autistic kids social skills by using social skills stories as a strategy.
Let’s take a closer look at how social skills stories can help an teach autistic kids learn appropriate social and communication skills.
An autism social story is a short piece of text generally following a specific pattern of first person appropriate text and visual images or pictures in a framework or autism social skills plan.
The autism social story breaks down the skill or behaviour being taught or re-enforced into small chunks the social cues and shows the child on the spectrum the why and how explaining like a comic script by showing visually the “wh” questions: who, where, why, when and what and giving an insight into the verbal and nonverbal communications of others, thus reducing anxieties for the child on the spectrum.
So for example an autism social story for asking questions will show the child on the spectrum how to ask, when to ask, what is appropriate and when it is not appropriate to ask a question, how to begin the question and end the question and the possible answers they may or may not get and how to interpret these answers, this will reduce any fears and allow the child on the spectrum a chance to rehearse asking questions and build confidence.
Other teaching aids to teach autistic kids social skills such as printable picture communication symbols can be found at: http://www.autismsocialstories.com/visual_aids
Printable picture communication symbols are generally small laminated pieces of card with a picture or image on and are used as a means of communication. For example a teacher can show an autistic child a picture when they wish to communicate something like for example recess or home time etc. The printable picture communication symbols are also used on visual schedules, now and next boards, choice boards and to accompany social skills stories.
To learn more about either of theses teaching aids to teach autistic kids social skills and other strategies to teach children with autism social skills visit any of the following sites: