Children with autism spectrum disorder HAVE social skills deficits and do not learn social and communication skills in the typical manner and unlike normally developing children do need direct teaching.
Intervention Strategies such as social skills stories ARE used to help teach children with autism spectrum disorder social and communication skills
Social skills stories are a powerful teaching strategy, a good social story will focus on a particular social situation or interaction, breaking it down into smaller easier to understand sections.
A social story will provide the child on the spectrum with accurate information which is important because a child on the spectrum will often find social situations confusing.
Intervention Strategies such as social skills stories can be used for various situations and skills that the child on the spectrum may be struggling with for example:Â hygiene skills, making conversation, asking questions, respecting personal space, sharing, taking turns, recess, PE lessons and so onâ€¦
Using visual images a social story depicts the situation by means of relevant social cues and answers the â€œwhâ€ questions â€“ who, where, why, when and what as well as â€œHOWâ€ and will give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is an area of marked weakness in children with autism.
It is probably easier to explain what social skills stories are by giving an example of how a social story can be implemented and used to help a child on the spectrum deal with a situation or skill that they are struggling with.
For example: your child with an ASD may struggle to make friends, this will be mainly due to their social skills deficits; having social skills deficits is common to autism. The social story can help the child with an ASD approach a potential friend and give them suggestions of possible outcomes, what to say and how to act as well as what the other child may expect of them i.e. respecting personal space etc.
To learn more about how social skills stories are implemented and used for children with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com
Social stories need no formal training to use, are normally written in word format or PDF, can be personalized and edited to make them suitable for all ages and abilities. No two autistic individuals will ever be the same and we all use different terminology, therefore social skills stories can need altering for different autistic individuals.
For a list of 100 downloadable social skills stories visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com