Archive for February, 2011

After a diagnosis of autism

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Autism is probably one of the most frequent developmental disorders with 1 in every 150 children born getting a diagnosis of autism. There is still as yet no cure for autism and research into its cause continues.

 

A diagnosis of autism is always going to be testing to accept, the autism child will undoubtedly have the triad of autistic impairments which are deficits in social, communication, imagination and interaction skills.

 

So what does the triad of autistic impairments mean to your child? Autistic children do not develop socially in the same way as typically developing children they lack the ability to distinguish and read body language and facial expression.

 

This is often referred to as “mind blindness” or the “theory of mind”. Typically budding children learn how to distinguish the thoughts and feelings of other people as they grow by people watching they begin to distinguish certain expressions, postures and mannerisms, this ability is missing with autistic children.

 

Typically developing children are curious and will want to please, copy, mimic and learn social behaviours. The autistic child lacks this normal instinct and will need direct instruction of social and communication skills.

 

Probably one of the most important issues parents describe after a diagnosis of autism is their fear their autistic child will not be acknowledged socially and will struggle to make friends.

 

There are now treatments and therapies available to parents over the internet such as social skills stories for autism. First developed almost twenty years ago social skills stories for autism are designed to help autistic children gain knowledge of and remember social and communication skills from basic every day life skills such as washing, brushing teeth and using the toilet to more complex skills like accepting a new baby into the family, making friends, buying new shoes, even attending the hospital or dentist.

 

Parents, teachers and care givers use social stories on a regular basis to teach and re-enforce appropriate social skills and behaviours to autistic children. Written by experts, using appropriate language from the point of view of the autistic child always written in the first person and visually rich social stories explain the why, what, where and when to the autistic child.

 

To find out more about social skills stories for autism like autism and making friends visit www.autismsocialstories.com and get immediate download to 100 social skills stories for autism as well as excellent customer support.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Social Skills Training

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Research conducted over the past twenty or so years into Autism Spectrum Disorder has concluded that social skills training is needed.  

 

Social skills impairments are common in children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). And is the primary reason children with ASD struggle with skills and behaviours typically developing children take for granted; like for example: making friends, sharing, taking turns and so on.

 

Social skills impairments are common in children with ASD and will vary dependant on the individuals own social awareness and abilities. Some of the possible symptoms of autism social skills impairments are:

 

Deficits in communication skills – Children with autism struggle with non-verbal communication as well as the use of language.

 

Deficits in social skills – Children with autism struggle with social skills and fail to recognise facial expression or read body language, which can lead to social misunderstandings and on occasion’s blunders.

 

Deficits in imagination skills – Children with autism struggle with imagination. ASD children are very literal and will say as they see it which can often offend, they will have difficulties with imaginative play (as this is not real) and will often find play difficult, preferring to play alone.

 

There is no cure for autism, but there are treatments for autism which can help overcome many of the symptoms of autism social skills impairments. These treatments for autism include: PECS, visual support cards, flash cards and social skills stories.

 

Probably one of the most significant treatments for autism is social skills stories used predominantly for autism spectrum disorder social skills training. Social stories help individuals with autism recognise and deal with social, communication and imagination skills that they are struggling with.

 

Social skills stories for autism spectrum disorder social skills training follow a set formula of different sentence type, are normally written in first person text and from the autistic individuals point of view.

 

Answering the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW”which most individuals with autism find difficult to understand.

 

Social skills stories also give autistic individuals an insight into the thoughts feelings and emotions of others.

 

Using visual images or pictures in the social skills story break the skill or behaviour down into smaller easier to understand sections then using appropriate language the social skills story can help guide the ASD child’s responses and actions, thus reducing misunderstandings, stress and confusion.

 

Generally a social skills story can be implemented fairly effortlessly, and are normally editable and printable for convenience. No formal training is needed to use social skills stories.

 

For more information and downloads of social skills stories for autism spectrum disorder social skills training visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

Autism products and resources

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Do you have a child with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder?

 

Do you need information on or for your child with special needs? Resources; safety equipment, soothing music even toys or games

 

In our well equipped autism store (with many featured amazon products) you will find plenty of autism products to suit every pocket and need all ready and waiting to be shipped or packaged off to you.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex disorder, affecting how the individual thinks, acts, communicates and behaves. This is due to social skills deficits which are always present in individuals with autism. 

 

There is no cure for autism but there are treatments for autism and autism products available to you which can help treat the symptoms of autism – social skills deficits, making life a whole lot easier!

 

One of the primary treatments for autism is: social skills stories Developed twenty years ago social skills stories excellent at helping with the symptoms of autism, used to help pave the way for positive behaviours, teach new skills, aid communication difficulties, help with transitions, changes to routines, unexpected occurrences and help autistic children see things from another persons perspective.

 

For many parents with autistic children finding autism resources and products as well as treatments for autism is difficult, but we think we have found the solution here at autismsocialstories.com

 

Our NEW Autism E-Store has just opened full of wonderful autism resources and products like: autism books, autism educational resources, autism clothing and accessories, soothing music, toys and games, as well as other autism resources such as safety equipment, video games, baby goods, e-books,  children’s books, health products and much more…

 

There are various treatments for autism available at autismsocialstories.com like visual support cards: Used to help with communication difficulties as well as teach and re-enforce skills and behaviours. Visual support cards can be used for visual schedules, now and next boards, choosing boards as well as reminders for things such as snack time, toilet time, hometime and so on…

 

There is no cure for autism, but life has just got a whole lot easier; with autism products like: autism books, autism educational resources, autism clothing and so on…

 

Whatever you need is all in one convenient place at autismsocialstories.com find our treatments for autism and autism products and autism resources all in one place.

 

For individuals with autism life can be stressful, sensory processing issues can affect an individuals sense of self as well as the other senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell by using treatments for autism like social skills stories, visual support cards and other autism products in our autism store you can help your child with autism deal with issues like sensory processing issues, as well as any other issues and troubles which can arise.

 

To take a look inside autismsocialstoreis.com and the NEW autism e-store visit:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com for the NEW Autism E-Store click the tab at the top of the page Autism E-Store

 

See you there!

books for autism spectrum disorders

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The autism E-Store is the place to find materials for autism spectrum disorders

Material for autism spectrum disorders such as:

BOOKS

DVD’s

Educational Resources

Safety Equiptment

Toys

Games

There are tons of autism resources on offer, books for autism spectrum disorder can help parents and families coping with autism.

Plus lots more:

Visit http://www.autismsocialstories.com/E-Store.html