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Can Social Stories Help Children with Autism Learn Social Skills?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder find social skills difficult and confusing this is due to their autistic impairments.

What are Autistic Impairments?

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder which affects how an individual processes information, thinks, acts and reacts. The characteristics of autism are deficits in social, communication and imagination skills.

Typically children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are visual thinkers and learners, which means they think in pictures, therefore Visual Supports are of more benefit.

Visual Supports like social stories are used as a means of communication and as a method of support when teaching and re-enforcing skills and behaviours that the ASD child is finding difficult.

So: Can Social Stories Help Children with Autism Learn Social Skills

 

The answer is YES they can. Introduced around twenty years ago social stories are now one of the major Visual Supports used in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions.

Social stories are short descriptive pieces of text which use visual images to describe a situation or skill using appropriate key points. Much like a comic script the social skills story can be easily implemented and needs no formal training to use.

Social stories are a role model or visual step by step plan of a skill or situation. Social stories should follow a set formula of sentence type: Descriptive, Directive, Perspective and control sentences in a manner the child with ASD will be able to follow easily.

Typically a social skills story will answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight into the thoughts and feeling of others which is an area of marked weakness in most individuals with Autism.

Generally any treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder should be visual, easy to implement, and convenient for use in the home, as well as a t school and college.

A social skills story will help with transitions, changes to routines which is another area of difficulty for the vast majority of individuals with Autism, as well as learning new skills, changing behaviours, re-enforcing already learnt skills, in-fact almost all situations and skills the child with ASD is struggling with.

To learn more about how social stories are used, written and implemented visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Social Stories for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Conditions

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Social Stories were first developed around twenty years ago to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions communicate.

A social story is a collection of images and first person text used to describe a situation or skill from the point of view of the autistic child.

Social skills stories are used much like a role model or visual plan detailing the individual steps needed or key points, in a manner that the autistic child can comprehend and follow.

For example a social story can be used to help with social awareness such as making friends which is something that most children on the spectrum struggle with. The social skills story will help the child understand what they are expected to do and in return what they can expect from others.

Social stories for children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions answer the ever important “wh” questions – who, where ,why, when and what as well as “HOW” and also give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of other people which is an area of marked weakness in children on the spectrum.

Having autism affects how a person processes information, thinks, acts, reacts and behaves. Social stories HELP by allowing the child the opportunity to rehearse and navigate skills and behaviours prior to them happening.

For example a social skills story can be used at recess typically most children with autism have difficulties with the chaos surrounding recess and can become distressed and confused. The social skills story will allow the child with autism to better understand what recess is and how they can cope with this part of the day.

Generally social stories are written in word format making them easy to edit, as no two children on the autism spectrum are ever going to be the same, plus we all use different terminology with our child. Therefore social skills stories need to be flexible and editable, to suit all needs and abilities.

Social stories for children with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions need to be printable making them convenient to use no matter where the child is.

There is no need for any formal training to use social skills stories, they may be implemented in school, at home and indeed anywhere the child with autism happens to need one.

Social stories are used for transitions, changes to routines, learning new skills, re-enforcing already learnt skills, altering behaviours and many other situations and skills.

To learn more about social stories and how they can help your child with autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Writing social skills stories for children on the autism spectrum

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Autism social skills stories are a Visual Intervention Strategy which is used to teach and re-enforce social and communication skills for children on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a complex neurological disorder which is more common in boys. Generally the autism diagnosis is given before the child reaches the age of three, however sometimes the autism diagnosis may not be given until the child is much older.

Typically those children with autism will almost certainly have deficits with social, communication and imagination skills, this is known as the triad of autistic impairments. For many children with autism sensory processing issues are also a typical issue.

Having deficits with social, communication and imagination skills, the triad of autistic impairments will mean the autistic individual will have difficulties processing information and acting or reacting accordingly.

Intervention Strategies are used to help overcome issues which are caused through the triad of autistic impairments. Generally children on the autism spectrum are VISUAL thinkers and learners, which means they think in picture format.

Consequently, any information or learning is better understood when it is presented visually. Therefore the best Intervention Strategies are VISUAL, like autism social stories.

Social skills stories are probably the most popular Visual Intervention Strategy; they were first developed and used around twenty years ago. 

Writing social skills stories for children on the autism spectrum can help the ASD child better understand skills, behaviours and situations that they are struggling with like for example: a shopping trip, visiting a dentist, brushing their teeth and other situations such as changes to routines, transitions, learning a new skill and re-enforcing an already learnt skill or behaviour.

An autism social story gives the ASD child visual accurate information about a social situation etc. that they are finding difficult or confusing.

The autism social story breaks the situation or skill down into smaller easier to understand sections and uses first person text with visual images much like a comic strip conversation.

The autism social story will explain using social cues the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight into the thoughts, feelings and emotions of others which is a known weakness in autism.

Autism social skills stories are a strength based Visual Intervention Strategy which can be implemented easily and for various issues, they need no formal training to use and can be found at sites like: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Autism social skills stories are generally in word format, meaning they can be tweaked and edited as appropriate to add personal details and change images or terminology as no two children with an ASD are ever the same and we all use different terminology.

Parents, teachers and other professionals are writing social skills stories for children on the autism spectrum to also help children with an ASD understand what is happening and why which can reduce inappropriate behaviours and reduce stress. A social skills story can be used to prepare for a change, an unexpected circumstance and situations that can be confusing and stressful for an ASD child.

To learn more about how an autism social story can help your child as well as get downloads of social skills stories visit any of the following sites:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

http://www.autismsocialstories.com/school

 

Social Skills Stories for Autism Printables

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Social Skills Stories for Autism help to improve the social skills of children on the autism spectrum by using short descriptive social skills stories to help them interpret challenging or confusing social situations and behaviors.

Social skills stories have a specifically defined style and format, which was developed almost twenty years ago by therapist Carol Gray.

They describe a situation, skill or behavior in terms of the relevant social cues, the perspective of others, and will normally suggest appropriate responses and behaviors.

Generally Social Skills Stories for Autism are short descriptive pieces of text with visual images detailing the relevant social cues in any given situation. They break down the behavior or social skill into easier to understand steps by omitting irrelevant information.

The social skills story should be descriptive and visual to show children with autism how they can cope with and understand the behavior, skill or situation the social skills story is detailing

It should also include answers to the questions who, what, when, where, and why and HOW through the use of visuals and short pieces of written text, as well offer an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness for most children on the autism spectrum.

Social Skills Stories for Autism printables are editable and can be downloaded from sites offering Social Skills Stories for Autism such as http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Generally teachers and parents of autistic children use Social Skills Stories for Autism Printables to teach all social skills their child with autism is struggling with for example social story using the bathroom, hygiene issues, transitions, changes to routines, learning new skills and adjusting behaviors in fact all social, communication, imagination and interaction skills and behaviors can be dealt with using Social Skills Stories for Autism printables.

To download social skills stories for your child with autism visit the above or any of the following sites:


http://www.autismcoialstories.com/school

http://www.autismscoialstories.com/school_resources

Autism intervention strategies autism social skills stories

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Autism social skills stories are excellent autism intervention strategies for teaching and re-enforcing vital social skills to children with autism and other disabilities on the spectrum.

Autism social skills stories give the autistic individual accurate information about any situation that maybe struggling with, find confusing, or stressful.

The social skills story will describe in detail the situation and give focus to a few key points: these are the important social cues…

For example…the social skills story will give information about the event, and the reactions the individual might expect to occur in the situation. Plus it will give the actions and reactions that might be expected of them, and why.

The goal of autism social skills stories is to increase the autistic individuals understanding of events and situations, therefore making them more comfortable in the situation, as well as then suggesting some possibly appropriate responses to the situation.

An individual with autism is believed to lack the theory of mind…or mind read, they do not understand or are unable to read body language or facial expressions.

With autism a person lacks any understanding that others have their own thoughts, feelings, plans, and points of view. This inevitably can lead to stress and confusion.

An excellent autism intervention strategies for helping autistic people gain vital social skills is the use of autism social skills stories.  Which address the theory of mind deficit by providing the autistic individual with some insight into the emotions, thoughts, feelings and behaviors of others.

The social skills story provides information in a well structured and consistent manner. This makes them excellent autism intervention strategies for kids with autism.

Kids with autism are visual learners, therefore a social story with appropriate images and pictures can prove worth its weight in gold!

Especially when dealing with social skills the autistic child is struggling to understand…like toileting, potty training etc. the visual images and text in the social story can provide the vital social skills information needed.

Autism social skills stories will give the autistic child direct contact with the appropriate social skills information, through pictures and text as opposed to speech or observation, which appears to be a noticeable weakness in autism and aspergers syndrome.

To view an example autism social skills story and download autism social skills stories for your autistic child or young person…visit us immediately at:

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

 

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) strategies

Monday, June 20th, 2011

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a pervasive developmental disorder that affects how the individual processes information, thinks, acts and reacts. Autism Spectrum Disorder is normally diagnosed in early childhood.

After a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) many parents are left confused and anxious, wondering how the diagnosis of ASD will affect their child and family life.

No two people on the spectrum will ever be the same, and so the symptoms of autism will vary between individuals. However generally kids with autism will display social awkwardness lack imagination skills and communication difficulties, this can cause issues with maintaining friendships and so on.

Kids with autism generally find it hard to make any sense of their environment.

Studies show that in some kids with autism symptoms may not present themselves until the child is between 1 -2 years of age.

What is autism? Here is a list of some of the possible symptoms of autism you may have noticed in your ASD child:

  • An ASD child may lack the ability to direct an-other  person’s  attention to what they want or need. Unlike a normally developing child, who will point or gesture towards the object in question.
  • Kids with autism rarely adjust their gaze to look at objects, and lack the inclination to look at something they are being directed towards.
  • An ASD child may have communication difficulties and find sustaining or beginning conversations difficult.
  • Sometimes kids with autism will be slow developing speech and sometimes speech may never actually begin.
  • They may engage in repetitive behaviours…for example repeating a TV commercial or rhyme etc.
  • They may confuse simple language terms like wait a minute, or hold on a second and take this as literal. The ASD child may also  use language in the wrong context, for example they may refer to themselves by name in a conversation or sentence, not by saying “I”; i.e. rather than saying “can I have a biscuit”, they may say “Ben wants a biscuit” and so on…
  • On occasions an autistic child may prefer to communicate by gesture rather than using speech.

Many autistic children struggle with social situations and may therefore prefer solitary play. The ASD child may have difficulties  maintaining and starting friendships with peers difficult. Autistic children and autistic people in general have difficulties in making eye contact which can make encounters difficult!

Generally an autistic child will struggle with interactive games and pretend play, failing to see what the point of the activity or game is.

Autism what is it? Understanding your ASD child and forming appropriate ASD strategies is very important and will make the difference in helping your autistic child reach his or her full potential

There are many ASD strategies to help kids with autism understand the world they live in…

One very effective way of accomplishing this is by the introduction of visual support tools such as autism social stories

Autism Spectrum Disorder is being diagnosed far more these days. Research into pervasive developmental disorder has suggested that using visual support tools such as autism social stories has impacted on the lives and families of those diagnosed with a pervasive developmental disorder such as ASD
(Autism Spectrum Disorder)

ASD strategies such as autism social stories are used for all situations and activities the ASD child may be confused by or struggling with, for example: Going to the dentist, the death of a loved one, a new car, brushing their hair.

Social stories answe the “wh” questions - who, where, why, when and what as well as How and give an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked wakness in kids with autism. Autism Social Stories act like a role model or visual support plan detailing the skill or situation in a manner the autisti child will understand and will give appropriate direction to help the ASD child cope with and dela with the situation or skill.

For immediate download of autism social stories visit: www.autismsocialstories.com

Or alternatively visit any of the following sites for more information and social stories.

Autism Disability

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a life-long disability, present from birth or early childhood. There is no cure for Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Autism disabilities…affect more boys than girls. In general children with autistic spectrum disorders WILL display difficulties with communication, behavior, imagination and social awareness.

Listed are some of the main autism disabilities you will probably have noticed:

Unable to cope socially

Communication difficulties

Stimming-self stimulation

Obsessions with an object or thing

Lack of eye contact

Preferring to be alone

Repetition

Unable to make and maintain friendships

Lack of social understanding often miss-reading facial expressions and others body language

Short concentration span

Need for sameness, no spontaneity

 

There are different kinds of autism:

Aspergers syndrome: For example often referred to as high functioning autism, this set of children with generally have a higher than normal I.Q.

But autism disability is more often present among lower I.Q. groups such as those with learning disabilities.

The term Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is used because Autism varies from person to person.  Around 25% of children with an ASD will have an accompanying learning disability. 

Although there are various degrees of autism, all children with an ASD will have issues with social, communication and imagination skills and behaviors.

These difficulties are also typical in asperger syndrome individuals.

Although there is no cure for autism there are treatments and methods available that can help children with autistic spectrum disorder individuals cope with and understand the skills and behaviors that they are struggling with.

Probably the most significant of the treatments for autism available is social skills stories.

There is no need for any formal training to be able to use these treatments of autism.

Autism social skills stories are used effectively for situations and experiences that the autistic individual struggles with like for example: transitions, daily life skills, changes to routines, classroom and school issues, social situations and more.

Autism social stories are used for all areas where the autistic individual needs help and guidance.

For example: during puberty, at school, preschool, around the home and hygiene issues.

Autistic social skills stories answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight in to the thoughts feelings and emotions of others which is a marked difficulty in all autistic individual.

Generally written in first person text and using visual images, the autistic social skills stories need to be editable as no two children with an ASD are ever going to be the same and all families will use different terminology.

Autistic social skills stories are an excellent autism resource providing clear concise social cues. Explaining both in text form and visually by the aid of appropriate images and pictures the event, situation or skill the autistic individual may be struggling with, much like a visual step by step plan or framework.

They can be easily implemented and used both in the home and at school, college or the workplace.

To download and begin implementing this autism resource to help autism disability, visit one of our many sites and gain access to these valuable tools

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocialialstories.com/social_skills

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

www.autismsocialstories.com/hygiene

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

www.autismsocialstories.com/autistic_teens

www.autismsocialstories.com/asperger_adolescents

 

Using visual supports in autism to teach social skills

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The best way to help a child with an ASD cope is to first understand the way they think.

Typically a child with an ASD will be a visual thinker, this means they will think in pictures; this is known as visual thought.

What does this mean: Being a visual thinker means they understand what they see, better than what they hear. For example visual learners learn through thinking in illustrations, a bit like playing a movie, instead of actual words and ideas.

Consequently, they benefit significantly from the use of autistic visual supports and strategies. Therefore, for many children with autism spectrum disorder, words or language are secondary.

When giving instructions to a child with autism, it is advisable to try to avoid long sentences of verbal information.

It is recommended that visual cues and symbols help the child with an ASD better grasp what is expected of them or what is being taught.

Consequently, by using visual supports in autism to teach social skills and behaviors the child with an ASD will better grasp the skills they struggle to master.

Children with autism spectrum disorder generally prefer or are more able to grasp rote memory, routines and repetition.

Visual supports in autism reflect these abilities using visual images and small amounts of appropriate text, making it easier for the child with an ASD to understand the skill or behavior being re-enforced or learnt.

Many parents and teachers of autistic students use visual supports in autism to teach social skills and behaviors such as, asking questions, calming down, having a conversation, teaching about personal space, even hygiene issues can be tackled using autistic visual supports.

Probably the most significant autistic visual support being used are autistic social skills stories, these are generally written by experts and encompass all the right ingredients to help an child with an ASD learn social and communication skills and behaviors, as well as cope with routine changes.

Autistic social skills stories answer the appropriate “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness in most autistic individuals.

It is recommended that autistic social skills stories are used to help children with autism spectrum disorder cope and manage behaviors, situations, events and skills they struggle with.

Autistic social skills stories help alleviate anxieties surrounding learning and carrying out social and communication skills. They can benefit the child with an ASD by showing them visually how, when, what and why.

Many teachers of autistic students use autistic social skills stories in the classroom with great affect.

To download or learn more about social stories visit the following sites:

http://www.autismsocialstories.com

Printable Autism Social Skills Stories

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Autism Social Stories are visual intervention strategies representations which use images that explain a social situation like a visual plan or framework. They are designed to help the child with ASD understand a situation or skill they may be struggling with.

 

In schools teachers use Autism Social Stories as visual intervention strategies which are implemented to help their students with autism grasp the lesson easier, stay on task and have more focus, they encourage positive behaviours and help relieve anxieties.

 

Autism Social Skills Stories are implemented for example if the child with ASD is having a specific problem or maybe something new is going to happen, a transition or a change in routine.

 

Autism Social Skills Stories answer the “wh” questions –who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and will offer an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness in those with autism.

 

Social Stories are generally written in first person text and from the point of view of the ASD person.  They are generally written in word format to make them easy to edit, no two people will ever be the same and we all use different terminology. Social Stories should also be printable for ease of use and convenience.

 

Printable Autism Social Skills Stories are generally written by experts although parents can learn how to write them with professional help. That said there is no need for any form of formal training to be able to use Social Stories.

 

Printable Autism Social skills Stories will typically follow a set pattern of four main sentence types, descriptive, perspective, directive and control sentences.

 

Autism Social Skills Stories were first introduced twenty years ago to aid communication difficulties in children with autism. Since their introduction Autism Social Stories have developed into a significant visual autism tool which is being implemented and used in the treatment of autism.

 

To download this significant visual autism tool - printable social skills stories which have been written by experts for the treatment of autism visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com

 

This site also offers other visual intervention strategies designed to help the ASD person understand and cope with situations and skills that they are struggling with visit: http://www.autismsocialstories.com and get immediate downloads.

 

 

Autism Social Stories can help with issues such as puberty, respecting personal space, sharing, teasing and calming down as well as other situations or skills your child with ASD struggles with.

ASD in children

Friday, June 10th, 2011

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a neurological disorder which affects more boys than girls. Generally ASD is diagnosed before a child reaches three years of age.

ASD in children will typically affect how the child interacts, behaves and communicates with others. This is commonly known as the Triad of Autistic Impairments or social skills deficits and will affect all children with an ASD, in varying degrees.

The Triad of Autistic Impairments are typical to Autism Spectrum Disorder and can be treated with intervention strategies designed to help children with an ASD overcome their social skills deficits.

Intervention strategies like social skills stories, PECS and visual support cards are commonly used to help the ASD child understand and cope with situations and skills that they are struggling with or find stressful, like for example recess, asking questions and making friends.

Social stories were first introduced around twenty years ago by therapist Carol Grey as a means of communication with the children she was working.

Social skills stories comprise of four sentence types; Perspective, Directive, Descriptive and control and will generally follow a set formula.

Typically for the ASD child social skills stories answer the “wh” questions – who, where, why, when and what as well as “HOW” and give an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is an area of marked weakness in children with an ASD.

No two autistic kids will ever be the same, and we all use different terminology, therefore most social skills stories are written in word format which means that they are easy to edit.

Generally most autistic kids are visual thinkers and learners, which means that they think in pictures. It is therefore important to use visual supports like social skills stories, PECS and visual support cards.

ASD in children is not cure-able but by using visual supports like social skills stories YOU will find teaching an ASD child social skills can be considerably improved.

Social skills stories use first person text and visual images in a manner that all kids with autism will find easy to understand. A social skills story can act as a role model or visual step by step plan.

Parents, caregivers, teachers and assistants can use any social skills story without any formal training. They can be downloaded, edited, printed and implemented easily and for most situations and skills the child is struggling with.

To learn more teaching an ASD child social skills using social stories visit: www.autismsocialstories.com where you will find social stories to download.

 

Autism Learning Skills

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

What is meant by autism learning skills?

There are several methods through which we learn:

Through seeing (visually)

Hearing (auditory),

Touching or manipulating an object (kinesthetically or ‘hands-on’ learning).

An example of these would be, looking at a picture book or reading a textbook, this would be visual learning. Listening to a c.d., or going to a lecture this would be learning through hearing…and pressing buttons to determine how to operate a DVD involves learning kinesthetically, through touch and feel.

Mostly we learn through two or more of these learning skills. How we learn will determine how well we do at school.

Most mainstream schools adopt all of these learning methods, we visually learn through reading books and texts, we learn through listening to our teachers and we learn through practical tasks.

Typically children with autism will generally always be visual learners. Some children with autism will also be kinesthetic learners and may well benefit from their teacher or helper actually guiding their hand while they undertake tasks.

Therefore, it is important that a teacher assess each child on the spectrum within the class to determine which kind of learning skill they prefer. The teacher can then adapt the teaching style to suit the child on the spectrum’s need and build on their strengths.

However one very important thing to remember when assessing a child on the spectrum is their need for repetition and sameness. Keeping this in mind when setting lessons will be of benefit.

Teachers should try and use visual intervention strategies wherever possible. For example a visual timetable should always be in place for the student with autism to refer too.

As with a normally developing child autism learning skills, can be enhanced by following these simple rules. Another good idea is visual intervention strategies such as autism social skills stories. Social stories were first introduced around twenty years ago and have since become one of the most popular visual strategies used to help children with autism learn and overcome difficulties with communication, imagination, social skills and behaviors.

Social stories can help keep the child on the spectrum on task, the social story can also work as an excellent autism resource helping parents, helpers and teachers explain the ever important “wh” questions - who, what, where, when and why as well as “how” giving the child on the spectrum an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others which is a marked difficulty in those with autism.

Using autism social skills stories will benefit the student with autism as they will encompass all autism learning skills, they can be read, auditory, they have appropriate pictures and images plus some text, visual. Plus the social story can be used like a role model or visual plan to practice skills for example recess, assembly and remaining calm.

Plus autism social skills stories can be used with other visual strategies such as the visual timetable, flash cards, PECS and so on, helping to explain and make things more repetitive.

However you decide to use them they will nevertheless prove to be a valuable asset to autism learning skills.

To obtain school related autism social skills stories that can be downloaded quickly and effortlessly and are all in printable format please visit:

www.autismsocialstories.com/school

For all other autism social stories visit:

www.autismsocialstories.com

www.autismsocailstories.com/hygiene

www.autismsocialstories.com/behavior

www.autismsocialstories.com/social_skills

Autism Social Skills Resources and development

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

People with autism WILL almost certainly have a lack of social interaction skills such as reduced responsiveness or disinterest in other people.

They may appear arrogant, rude and be unable to communicate effectively with others. This is due to “The Theory of Mind”, which affects how people with autism interact, communicate, thinks, act and react to those around them.

For example some of the autistic characteristics can include:

Children on the autism spectrum; will not normally adopt the anticipatory posture or raise their hands to be carried or picked up.

Children on the autism spectrum are not normally cuddly babies, in-fact most babies with autism will stiffen or resist being held, they normally avoid snuggling up. They will normally prefer to be held facing outwards with their back to the person holding them.

Infants with autism will sometimes not recognize their own name or be inconsistent in recognizing it.

Probably the most noticeable autistic characteristic is a lack of eye contact, a typically developing child will give and maintain eye contact, Infants with autism will look away quickly and avoid eye contact.

A typically developing child may stare into the mother’s eye noticing their own reflection, Infants with autism will show no interest in their reflection and choose not to stare or maintain any eye to eye contact.

Generally children on the autism spectrum will not pay much attention to the typical growing up games like peep-a-boo and pat-a-cake, preferring solitary play.

A distinct lack of social interaction skills can be the first alarm bell for many parents of a child with autism.

All children on the autism spectrum WILL have impaired autism social skills, this is a fact however the degree of autism social skills will vary dependent on the individual.

Treatments for autism social skills development can be affective, in helping your autistic child better cope and manage their behaviors, thoughts and feelings. One such way is introducing autism social skills resources such as visual intervention strategies.

Probably the most popular visual intervention strategies are autism social skills stories. These are an excellent proven technique for assisting Infants with autism with the development of social skills. Helping to promote and maintain autism social skills.

Autism social skills resources like: Autism social skill stories provide the autistic youngster with support and an understanding by answering the ever important “wh” questions who, what, where, why and when as well as “HOW”. As well as giving an insight into the thoughts and feelings of others and try to explain what they can expect from other as well as what others will be expecting of them.

Introducing autism social skills stories early is going to be beneficial; however social stories are flexible and can be introduced at any point.   

Typically most infants with autism prefer repetition and sameness and will not like any changes to routines or patterns. By introducing social stories you can help the child feel more comfortable with skills and routines making things feel more routine which will reduce stress and meltdowns.

Autism social skills stories HELP teach social skills like using the bathroom, good eating habits, respecting personal space, transitions like starting preschool or school, as well as other skills like saying Hi and thank you and accepting changes to routines.

All helping your autistic youngster to be being accepted within their own peer group as well as within today’s society…

To download autism social stories visit one of our many sites all specializing in autism and asperger social skills stories as well as offering friendly support advice and help

www.autismsocialstories.com