ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a pervasive development disorder which affects more boys than girls.
The symptoms of ASD in children are referred to as the triad of autistic impairments or social skills deficits and are typical to all individuals on the spectrum. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) affects how individuals on the spectrum process information, think, act, react and behave.
The triad of autistic impairments (social skills deficits) affect three main areas of development: The ASD individuals social, communication and imagination skills and behaviors.
ASD in children is not curable but can be treated effectively with visual intervention strategies such as visual support cards, PECS and social skills stories.
Visual intervention strategies can be implanted and used to help individuals on the spectrum cope with transitions, behaviors, communication skills and social interactions as well as deal with situations and skills they are struggling with.
For example ASD in children can affect how the child with autism makes and maintains friendships. By using visual intervention strategies like social skills stories you are able to help the child with autism to deal with and overcome their social skills deficits.
Social skills stories are made up of four sentence types: perspective, Directive, Descriptive and generally written following a specific pattern, always in first person text and from the ASD individual’s point of view.
The vast majority of ASD children are visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures and find visual information far easier to understand than oral or written instruction.
A social skills story will embrace this concept using visual images and short pieces of structured text, in a friendly consistent manner which ASD children find easy to follow. The social story acts as a role model or visual step by step plan or framework of the skill or situation being mastered.
So for example a social story on making friends would be visual and instructive allowing the ASD child a chance to follow the script or visual framework and see things from another person’s perspective.
Autism social skills stories answer the ever important “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give the ASD child an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others, which is an area of marked weakness in most ASD individuals.
Social stories are generally written in word or PDF format and should be easy to edit to make them personal to the ASD child or individual and as we all use different terminology this can also be altered for a smoother read. Autism social skills stories should be printable for convenience and flexibility.
To learn more and get downloads of social stories which can be put in place to help ASD children cope with and learn social, communication and imagination skills and behaviours which they are struggling with visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com